Top Programs and Events at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science in November and December 2013
MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition
Now through January 5, 2014
Can you really huff and puff and blow a house down? Can you swing from a suspended phone book? Don’t try this at home, try it this fall at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, where you will become the MythBuster and test out these theories and bust or confirm others at MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition! Try a dozen hands-on experiments that will get your heart and mind racing, watch live MythBusting demonstrations, and explore authentic props and gadgets direct from the set of the hit TV series MythBusters. Put your scientific curiosity into action at MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition. Extended hours available around Thanksgiving and the Christmas/New Year’s holidays.
MYSTERIES OF THE UNSEEN WORLD 3D
Opens Friday, November 1
In this visually stunning new film, you will be amazed to see things not visible to the naked eye, thanks to the innovative use of high-speed and time-lapse photography, electron microscopy, and nanotechnology. Delve into a microscopic world once reserved only for scientists and witness a whole new universe of things, events, and creatures. Rooted in cutting-edge research, the setting and story in Mysteries of the Unseen World are pure entertainment but the science is breathtakingly real.
TO SPACE AND BACK
Opens Friday, November 1
Space exploration, our greatest adventure, is having a big impact on our lives. It is helping us to discover a universe of unimaginable scale and beauty, and it is reaching down into our world and influencing the way in which we live. Produced by The Franklin Institute, together with Sky-Skan, and narrated by Top Gear’s James May, this technologically advanced planetarium show is a story of human ingenuity and incredible engineering, describing how the technology that transports us through space is paving the way for the devices and apps we use every day.
Night at the Museums
Saturday, November 2, 2013, 5 p.m.-10 p.m., FREE (timed tickets are required for MythBusters and advanced ticket purchase is highly recommended)
As a highlight of Denver Arts Week, the community’s greatest cultural attractions open their doors for FREE on Saturday, November 2 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Visitors to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science will enjoy extended hours to see MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition (ticket purchase required), IMAX shows (ticket purchase required), and permanent exhibitions including Expedition Health, Space Odyssey, Prehistoric Journey, and Egyptian Mummies.
Digital Earth: Peru
Monday, November 4, 7 p.m., $8 member, $10 nonmember
Explore the desert coast of Peru with Museum archaeologist Michele Koons and geologist Bob Raynolds and learn how civilizations like the Moche (AD 300–900) left their mark on the landscape. Space scientist Ka Chun Yu will use satellite imagery to move through the present day terrain as you see how societies have manipulated the landscape and how archaeologists reconstruct ancient environments.
MythBusting for Adults
Monday, November 6, 6:30 p.m., $27 member, $33 nonmember
What it is like to be a MythBuster? Come live the life with us during this evening for adults only! First, you’ll tour MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition with a Museum expert without the kiddies around. Then prepare to get loud and messy as you enjoy specially planned experiments that would make any MythBuster proud. Space is limited.
Meerkats in the Morning
Saturday, November 9, 9 a.m., Phipps IMAX Theater, $12 member adult, $8 member child, $15 nonmember adult, $10 nonmember child
Start your day off with some fun. Meerkats are tough, smart, and cute, so imagine them in 3D and on a 40-foot-high IMAX screen! Journey to the Kalahari Desert and learn all about these social critters during a special screening of Meerkats 3D. Afterward, see items from the Museum collections and make your own “meerkat” to take home with you. Coffee and breakfast snacks will be available for purchase.
Wednesday, November 20, 7 p.m., $8 member, $10 nonmember
You often hear that birds are living dinosaurs, but what does that actually mean? Where do birds fit into the tree of life, and what do we know about their deep history? Julia Clarke will present recent research and discoveries scientists are using to paint a vibrant new picture of dinosaurs and the origin of birds. Clarke is associate professor and John A. Wilson Fellow in vertebrate paleontology at the University of Texas at Austin. Presented in partnership with the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.
Teen MythBusters Unite!
Friday, November 22, 6 p.m., $10 teens only (ages 13–17)
Enjoy an evening just for teens inside MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition. After grabbing some pizza, head into the exhibition to bust some myths with your friends. Can you huff, puff, and blow a house in? Does running in the rain get you less wet than walking through it? Can you really make a canoe out of duct tape? Put your busting skills to the test!
SCFD Community FREE Day
Monday, December 9, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., FREE
Enjoy outstanding permanent exhibitions, including Expedition Health, Space Odyssey, Prehistoric Journey, and Egyptian Mummies.
Hope for Coral Reefs
Wednesday, December 4, 7 p.m., $12 member, $15 nonmember
The world’s 110,000 square miles of coral reefs are so much more than just one of nature’s profound beauties; they are home to 25 percent of all marine species, provide coastal protection, and, unexpectedly, are the source of unique chemical compounds with anti-cancer properties. Coral reefs face a variety of threats, including pollution, overfishing, coastal development, and climate change. As lead scientist for coral reef conservation for The Nature Conservancy, Stephanie Wear has worked on the front lines, leading efforts to identify new approaches to solving the coral reef crisis, and taking her to some unlikely places. Hear what Wear has learned along the way as she shares the secret to coral reef conservation and how we have a lot more in common with coral reefs than we previously thought. Following the lecture, enjoy cookies and coffee at a reception. Cosponsored with The Nature Conservancy Colorado.
Charlotte Hurley: 303-370-6407, Charlotte.Hurley@dmns.org
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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Many of the Museum’s educational programs and exhibits are made possible in part by the citizens of the seven-county metro area through the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District.