With changes to the COVID-19 dial, the Museum has reopened more venues and adjusted some ticketing procedures. We wanted to highlight some of those changes for you as you plan for your next visit.
- The Phipps IMAX Theater, Gates Planetarium and T-Rex Café are all open.
- Timed tickets are no longer required for “Space Odyssey,” “Discovery Zone” and children two and under.
- Timed tickets are still required for Museum entry and entry into temporary exhibitions.
For the most up to date information, visit dmns.org.
Strategic Plan Update
We’re on a mission to nurture the enduring spirit of curiosity that lives in us all. We have this big idea that when the community links arms with us to co-create the future of its Museum, we can connect with everyone, everywhere.
The Everyone, Everywhere strategic plan includes several projects and initiatives to make nature and science learning experiences accessible and fun! Projects and initiatives are designed to reach people both in the Musuem’s building and outside of our walls where people live, work, play and learn. We hope you will see and support the investment we are making to ensure we make the changes needed for our team, for you, and for everyone, everywhere who engages with your Museum in the future.
Your Museum has been committed to diversity, equity, access and inclusion practice for years, and though we are making progress, there is deeper work to do. Our Equity Initiative starts with change from within and focuses on dismantling the harmful, unwritten rules and expectations that prevent diverse staff members from thriving. We will measure our success in culture shift toward an environment where people are comfortable expressing, and are valued for, their whole selves. Our goal is to remain transparent and accountable in enacting change around equity. We invite you to join us in this ongoing commitment and to offer your feedback at [email protected].
The redesign of 20,000 square feet on the Museum’s first floor has reached an exciting milestone. The initiative team recently concluded the early design phase and community outreach phase. Future First is entering into its fundraising phase, with many more exciting opportunities to get involved coming soon! For a presentation on the initial design concept, click here.
Focusing on nature as a bridge to science and through partnership with Denver Parks & Recreation, City Park neighbors and our community, we are increasing connectivity between the Museum and City Park. We are restoring the historic Box Canyon waterway, building immersive, natural play spaces for families that explore Colorado’s unique ecosystems and creating spaces that encourage gathering, respite and investigation. The initiative team is currently developing the design based on input received from the community. This summer, Museum Teen Science Scholars will conduct an insect study in the area scoped for design to establish a baseline that will inform future ecological health studies of the area. In late summer, the initiative team will share initial designs with the community. To stay in the know email [email protected] or visit dmns.org/natureplay.
Space Odyssey Reimagined
We transformed our most popular permanent exhibition and opened to the public on Nov. 13, 2020. Our generous community provided input to shape the experience, and donated nearly $7.8 million to ensure the exhibition serves as a catalyst for exploration and problem-solving.
We collaborate with teachers and students to offer a suite of engaging STEAM learning opportunities throughout the year. Hands-on experiences fuel students’ passion and curiosity for nature and science and challenge them to imagine possibilities, experiment, build and solve mysteries together. 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
Learning something revolutionary can happen when and where you least expect it. Through this initiative we are exploring all the forms which we might join and connect with people where they are. This is why you’ll find us virtually through DMNS onDemand and in person at Dino Gulch in Cherry Creek Shopping Center, Mars Outpost at Colorado Mills and occasionally taking visitors on archeological digs in Golden. We are exploring where and how we might appear next!
The Institute for Science & Policy
The Institute was born out of a desire for science to be a valued part of the policy-making process and to show how civil dialogue and scientific thinking can positively impact policy making and problem solving. Read more about our webinar series and upcoming Symposium in the Museum Insider article.
Museum on Wheels
We’re hitting the road to bring our community a taste of nature and science directly to where you, live, work and play through two unique vehicles stocked inside-and-out with fun activities!
The Time Hopper is an expandable RV, themed as a time machine, that will challenge students and families across Colorado to imagine the future through a technology-rich and highly dynamic experience.
Great Barrier Reef
Grab your mask and snorkel and dive into an unforgettable adventure! “Great Barrier Reef” captures the natural beauty and exquisite strangeness of the world’s largest living wonder, and introduces us to the visionaries and citizen scientists who are helping us better understand this awesome, bizarre and vibrant living world.
Back from the Brink
Experience on the giant screen the remarkable true story of three animal species rescued from brink of extinction. Join this amazing adventure to save California’s enchanting Channel Island Fox, China’s fabled Golden Monkey and the wondrous migrating crabs of Christmas Island. Discover the heartfelt and ingenious human efforts to rescue endangered species around the world in “Back from the Brink.”
We are delighted to report that Rocky Mountain PBS’ Colorado Classrooms has received a regional Emmy Award Nomination!
One More Thing
Digital Earth’s Evolution
Once in the dome, now in your home: our long-running “Digital Earth” series has gone virtual! Since summer, Research Associate Bob Raynolds and Curator of Space Science Ka Chun Yu have taken a national audience on online streaming tours of deserts, craters, plates and volcanoes. The 2021 itinerary includes visits to glaciers, oceans, Stonehenge, and more. Register at secure1.dmns.org.
New this year is “Digital Earth Academy,” a special series designed especially for schools based on this popular program. With data from community surveys, we’ve crafted FREE, monthly episodes that bring classrooms, homeschools and organized youth groups on virtual trips across the globe, from wherever they are.
Digital Earth Academy gives students the opportunity to wander the world virtually.