The Museum has adjusted some health and safety and ticketing procedures. We wanted to highlight some of those changes for you as you plan for your next visit.
- With the expiration of the City and County of Denver Public Health Department’s mask mandate on Feb. 4, masks are encouraged for everyone visiting the Museum.
- All exhibit galleries and theaters, with the exception of Body Trek Theater in “Expedition Health” are now open.
- Timed tickets are required for General Admission. “Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked The World" is included with membership and does not require a separate ticket. A separate, timed ticket is required for “Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs.”
- Download and use the DMNS eCard app for convenient access to your membership on the go.
Member Event Highlight
Members Only Preview Day: Mazes & Brain Games
Thursday, May 19, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Save the date for our members only preview day of our newest experience, “Mazes & Brain Games.”
Wind through dozens of experiences that inspire exploration and ingenuity. Kids can build their own maze for friends and family to solve, and will love the junior sized music maze, made just for them. In “Mazes & Brain Games” you’ll conquer puzzling challenges and trick your brain with optical illusions.
The Equity Initiative continues to iterate and expand in 2022. This year, we focus on supporting Museum staff to continue to learn, grow and ensure that the Museum is a wonderful, fair place to work and visit. We invite you to join us in this ongoing work to make the Museum a place where all are respected and welcomed. Email [email protected] with questions or feedback.
Future First remains in its fundraising feasibility phase for the redesign of 20,000 square feet on the Museum’s first floor. For more details and opportunities to get involved, visit dmns.org/futurefirst.
Together with Denver Parks & Recreation, City Park neighbors and our community, we are exploring Colorado’s unique ecosystems through natural, immersive play, revitalizing the Box Canyon waterway, and creating spaces that encourage gathering, respite and investigation in Denver’s iconic City Park. This spring, we will have reached an exciting milestone with the completion of the design detail phase. The design takes inspiration from the Explore Colorado diorama hall and uses plantings and natural play features to evoke the diverse ecosystems of Colorado. To stay in the know and receive invitations to community input opportunities and events, email [email protected] or visit dmns.org/natureplay.
Guests play in "Space Odyssey"
We collaborate with teachers and students to offer a suite of engaging STEAM learning opportunities throughout the year. The addition of seven new Curiosity Kits and Wonder Workshops in fall 2017 completed our menu of options for ExciteEd and enables the Museum to meet teachers and students wherever they are – at the Museum, in their classroom and online. As teachers and students have adapted to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, this project has continued to meet them wherever they are learning—in school, at the Museum, online and at home. Visit dmns.org/learn for an overview of these experiences.
In the Community
We built this initiative on the idea that learning something revolutionary can happen when you least expect it. Imagination needs a home everywhere, from mountain tops to shopping malls. This is why you’ll find us at Cherry Creek Shopping Center, Colorado Mills and occasionally taking citizens on archeological digs in Golden. In additional to these physical locations, we are excited to share that in 2021 our virtual programs reached more than 442,000 people!
The Institute for Science & Policy
We believe that science has to be a valued part of the policy-making process and created the Institute to show how civil dialogue and scientific thinking can positively impact policy making and problem solving. The Institute’s first strategic plan will be completed this spring, and its podcast, “Coal at Sunset: A Colorado Town in Transition” was named a top 2021 podcast by the Denver Post and reached number one on Apple Podcasts: Earth Sciences several times. Head to institute.dmns.org for more updates.
Museum on Wheels
Through this initiative, we are bringing all-new nature and science experiences to both schools and the community through two different-sized vehicles with unique programming: The Curiosity Cruiser and The Time Hopper.
The Curiosity Cruiser is a pop-up trailer that connects with adults and families in a variety of venues. We’re booking now for events beginning June 1! Visit dmns.org/curiositycruiser to learn more about the new Wonderosity theme and to bring the Curiosity Cruiser to your block party, festival or office event!
The Time Hopper will be an expandable RV, themed as a time machine, that challenges students and families across Colorado to imagine the future through a technology-rich and highly dynamic experience, primarily serving schools throughout Colorado. The team completed the design phase of this project in 2020.
“Dinosaurs of Antarctica” takes you on a time-traveling adventure from the Permian through the Jurassic, journeying to the south polar landscapes of Antarctica hundreds of millions of years ago. Roam the primitive forests and thick swamps with bizarre dinosaurs and colossal amphibians. Enter a surreal world of bug-eyed giants and egg-laying mammals—where survival means enduring the sunless, six-month polar winter surrounded by meat-eaters with night vision. Join intrepid Antarctic scientists on a quest to understand the ice continent’s profound transformation—and to predict the future as humans drive dramatic change. Welcome to the lost prehistoric world of Gondwana. Welcome to Antarctica!
“Wings Over Water,” narrated by Michael Keaton, takes you along the journeys of three amazing bird families – the Sandhill Crane, the Yellow Warbler and the Mallard Duck – with extraordinary footage of their fascinating behaviors. You’ll be captivated by the triumphs and challenges of these remarkable creatures that defy all odds and soar across mountains, deserts, cities and forests as they head home to raise their young.
Paving the Way
The Institute for Science & Policy's new "Paving the Way" video series spotlights trailblazers who are breaking boundaries in their fields. Each month, we'll feature new Q&A sessions with special guests, focusing on the importance of inclusion and representation in science and policy today in order to inspire future generations and bring attention to the barriers preventing participation.