Top Programs and Events at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science in March and April
NEW! Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age
Return to the Ice Age. In Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age, you will encounter some of Earth's most awe-inspiring mammals, roam among saber-toothed cats and giant bears, and wonder over some of the oldest human artifacts in existence. Life-size models, fossil tusks and skulls, touchable teeth, spear points, cave paintings, interactive displays, and videos bring the Ice Age back to life. You'll also enjoy a point of pride for Coloradans as you relive the story of the Snowmastodon Project, the exceptional Ice Age fossil site unearthed near Snowmass Village in 2010. You'll see specimens from the site and hear about the science that is emerging from this historic discovery.
NEW! Titans of the Ice Age3D
Titans of the Ice Age 3D transports you back 10,000 years before modern civilization to the beautiful and otherworldly landscapes of North America, Europe, and Asia. Peer through the 3D canvas as dazzling computer-generated imagery brings this mysterious era and its giant animals to life. You will come face to face with saber-toothed cats, dire wolves, and woolly mammoths as they share the land with early humans who both feared and relied upon these majestic beasts. Experience this dynamic chapter in the age-old story of human ingenuity, a “trial by ice” that compelled our ancestors to seek understanding and meaning in nature.
NEW! Flight of the Butterflies 3D
A scientific adventure. A compelling detective story. A stunning sight to see. Flight of the Butterflies 3D is all this and more. Dr. Fred Urquhart spent nearly 40 years working to discover the monarch butterflies’ secret hideaway and solve the mystery of their unique migration path. In this dazzling 3D film, you will experience the inspiring story of this scientist’s passion and see up close the lifecycle of these beautiful creatures. Get a butterfly’s eye-view of the world as you fly over North America and into the isolated mountaintops in Mexico where you will encounter hundreds of millions of fluttering monarchs.
New Frontiers in the Biology of Mammoths and Mastodons
Tuesday, March 5, 7 p.m., $8 member, $10 nonmember
Daniel Fisher, director of the Museum of Paleontology at the University of Michigan, is a leading expert on mammoths and mastodons, and he is a member of our Museum’s Snowmastodon science team. Many of you may remember Fisher from the NOVA program about Snowmass and recall that much of his work is driven by an interest in whether human hunting was a significant factor in the extinction of these Ice Age icons. Fisher will share some of the highlights of his work, including Lyuba the baby mammoth, featured in the Mammoths and Mastodons exhibition. Lyuba’s amazing state of preservation—including eyelashes, ears, and internal organs—is providing scientists with a better picture of how these ancient giants lived.
Ice Age Social
Friday, March 8, 7:30–11 p.m., $27 member, $33 nonmember, ages 21+ only
Don’t miss the chillest event in 10,000 years. Savor glimmering cocktails at the ice bar, try your hand at cave painting, and learn to throw an atlatl during this party for the ages. Your ticket includes live entertainment, admission to Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age, and one drink at the bar.
Science Lounge: Mathletes and Athletes
Thursday, March 21, 6:30–9:30 p.m., $10 member, $12 nonmember
(If sold out online, tickets available at the door.) Enjoy a mind-expanding experience with cocktails and entertainment every third Thursday of the month. Ages 21 and up. This month, take on probability and statistics just in time for the college hoops championship with TED speaker and Wired magazine blogger Garth Sundem.
Spring Break: Ice Age
Thursday, March 21–Sunday, March 31, activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., FREE with Museum admission
Experience Ice Age family fun during spring break celebrating our current temporary exhibition Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age. Enjoy activities throughout the Museum including digging for Ice Age fossils, learning how to draw Ice Age animals, spinning the wheel to try your hand at Ice Age Trivia for a chance to win prizes, and learning more about the exciting Snowmastodon Project with show TSI: Snowmass Village, and more.
Near-Earth Objects: Finding Them Before They Find Us
Wednesday, March 27, 7 p.m., $8 member, $10 nonmember, book sale and signing
Where do those comets and asteroids that come so close to Earth come from? How do we find them? Can we protect our planet from them? Donald Yeomans, senior research scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, is the manager of NASA’s Near-Earth Object Program Office. Yeomans addresses these questions and discusses well-known impacts on Earth, such as the one that killed off the dinosaurs. He explains the possible ways we can protect ourselves (by deflection or blowing them up) or potentially use them for our own gain (perhaps as a stepping stone for travel to Mars).
An Evening in IMAX: Titans of the Ice Age 3D
Thursday, April 4, 7 p.m., $12 member, $15 nonmember
Get transported to a time when giant animals roamed the Earth! Enjoy the new film Titans of the Ice Age 3D, which brings saber-toothed cats, woolly mammoths, and other stars of the Ice Age to life. Before the film, Museum paleontologists Ian Miller and Joe Sertich will talk about the end of the Ice Age and the mammoths and mastodons that called Colorado home. It’s sure to be megafauna fun for the whole family!
Introducing Dr. Scott Sampson
Tuesday, April 16, 7 p.m., $8 member, $10 nonmember
Scott Sampson is a dinosaur paleontologist, evolutionary biologist, and science communicator. His research focuses on the ecology and evolution of Late Cretaceous dinosaurs, and he has conducted fieldwork in Kenya, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Madagascar, Mexico, the United States, and Canada. Join us at this evening lecture to welcome Scott as the new vice president of research and collections and chief curator and to learn more about him and his research.
Science Lounge: Color Me Science
Thursday, April 18, 6:30–9:30 p.m., $10 member, $12 nonmember
(If sold out online, tickets available at the door.) Enjoy a mind-expanding experience with cocktails and entertainment every third Thursday of the month. Ages 21 and up. This month, experience the spectrum from the ultraviolet to the infrared. We’ll shed some light on phenomena like bioluminescence and fluorescence in rocks. Make your own colorful creation as you experiment with the rainbow, and try our signature cocktail, the Prismatic.
SCFD Community FREE Day – Earth Day
Sunday, April 21, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., FREE
Enjoy family-friendly activities such as face painting, crafts, and hands-on learning activities about animals, energy, and planetary wellness. You’ll see Mr. Bones the giant dinosaur puppet, follow a scavenger hunt through the Museum, take a Secrets of the Diorama tour, and help us celebrate the 40th birthday of the roaring saber-toothed cat in the main lobby. Sponsored by Xcel Energy.
Charlotte Hurley: 303-370-6407, Charlotte.Hurley@dmns.org
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About the Denver Museum of Nature & Science
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is the Rocky Mountain Region's leading resource for informal science education. A variety of engaging exhibits, discussions and activities help Museum visitors celebrate and understand the natural wonders of Colorado, Earth and the universe. The Museum is located at 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO, 80205. To learn more about the Museum, check www.dmns.org, or call 303-370-6000.
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