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Satisfy your science curiosity in a safe environment during our SCFD Free Days and Free Nights. Explore exhibitions, catch a Planetarium show or see a special performance or activity.

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Viernes 19 de julio
Viernes 16 de agosto
Viernes 20 de septiembre

5-9 p.m.

Gratis con la entrada al Museo

¡Atención a todos los hablantes de español! Prepárate para “Noches en Español" en el Museo en donde puedes explorar los misterios de los agujeros negros en el Planetario Gates, mirar asombrosos documentales en la pantalla gigante del Teatro Infinity y conocer los secretos de las antiguas momias egipcias en un recorrido autoguiado. Y no solo eso, también tendremos anfitriones, guías de orientación y presentaciones especiales para mostrar objetos fascinantes de nuestras colecciones, ¡todo disponible en español! Reúne a tus amigos y familiares para una noche de descubrimiento y diversión en un entorno inmersivo en español que no querrás perderte. 

Compra tus boletos en línea o en la taquilla el mismo día.  También tenemos descuentos a través de tu biblioteca o presentando tu tarjeta SNAP, identificación de estudiante, educador o militar. 


Friday, July 19
Friday, Aug. 16
Friday, Sept. 20

5-9 p.m.

Free with Museum general admission

Join us for "Noches en Español" at the Museum! In addition to our everyday offerings in English, you will have a chance to embark on a journey to unravel the mysteries of black holes in the state-of-the-art Gates Planetarium, marvel at awe-inspiring documentaries on the giant screen Infinity Theater and uncover the secrets of ancient Egyptian mummies through a self-directed guide — all presented in Spanish. Not only that, but we’ll also have Spanish-speaking staff and a showcase of fascinating objects from our collections. Round up your Spanish-speaking friends and family and come to the Museum for an action-packed adventure you do not want to miss.

You can acquire your tickets online or at the Museum on the day of the event. Remember that we have discounts available through your library or presenting your SNAP card, student, educator or military id.

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Contenido disponible en español (Spanish Content Available)
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Museum open until 9 on most Fridays

Can't make it to the Museum during the day? Come for an evening visit during Friday Evening Hours! The Museum is open until 9 p.m. and admission prices remain the same. As always, admission is free for our members. We look forward to kicking off the weekend with you.

 

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Saturday
July 27, 2024
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
 
Whenever this team of buttoned-up librarians hears about a fantastic new book, they go wild. In each episode, buttons go flying as the MAD LIBrarians craft a new book title based on your suggestions and then—right before your very eyes—they act, sing, and shout that book out full-blast.    Come visit the library that can’t ever keep quiet…no matter how hard its terribly serious and wonderfully silly librarians may try. Learn more about MAD LIBrarians here: BETC's "MAD LIBrarians" 
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Saturday
July 27, 2024
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
 
Whenever this team of buttoned-up librarians hears about a fantastic new book, they go wild. In each episode, buttons go flying as the MAD LIBrarians craft a new book title based on your suggestions and then—right before your very eyes—they act, sing, and shout that book out full-blast.    Come visit the library that can’t ever keep quiet…no matter how hard its terribly serious and wonderfully silly librarians may try. Learn more about MAD LIBrarians here: BETC's "MAD LIBrarians" 
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Sunday, July 21, 2024
10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
 
These playful summertime concerts will have audiences exploring nature and the world around them from inside the orchestra. Tiny Tots programs, brought to the Museum by Inside the Orchestra, are 45-minute immersive, interactive concerts for kids seven and under (and their adults) to get truly “inside the orchestra.” Attendees are seated on the floor and encircled by the 30+ piece orchestra. The orchestral performance is followed by a meet and greet opportunity with the musicians and performers. Visit the Orcas Temporary Exhibition for more ocean adventures before or after the concert (additional ticket required)!   General Admission or membership is required in addition to ticket price. 
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Sunday, July 21, 2024
9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
 
These playful summertime concerts will have audiences exploring nature and the world around them from inside the orchestra. Tiny Tots programs, brought to the Museum by Inside the Orchestra, are 45-minute immersive, interactive concerts for kids seven and under (and their adults) to get truly “inside the orchestra.” Attendees are seated on the floor and encircled by the 30+ piece orchestra. The orchestral performance is followed by a meet and greet opportunity with the musicians and performers. Visit the Orcas Temporary Exhibition for more ocean adventures before or after the concert (additional ticket required)!   General Admission or membership is required in addition to ticket price. 
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2024 Registration: SOLD OUT
Giving Club registration access: starting January 22 @ 10 a.m.
Member registration access: starting January 23 @ 10 a.m.
Scholarship registration access - Limited availability remaining: starting Wednesday, Jan. 24 @ 9 a.m.
         Scholarship Registration is open by phone, all others listed online.
         Scholarship spots are set aside ahead of time from general camp registration spots.

Summer Day Camps get brains and bodies moving! Learn and play as we experiment, create, build, ask questions, and develop a knowledge of and passion for science. Our camps are led by experienced educators offering the best opportunity for fun and learning. 
For full day camps, children must be at least 5 years of age on or before their first day of camp.

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CANCELLED

- NOTE THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED 6.26.24

Wednesday, June 26

7 p.m.

Ricketson Auditorium

FREE 

 

No reservations required. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Explore breaking space news with space scientists and hear the latest updates on missions exploring the solar system, rocket launches, cutting edge astronomy, and more. 

This evening's presentation is by Curator of Space Sciences Dr. Ka Chun Yu.

Please use the West Entrance of the Museum. 

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Wednesday
June 26, 2024
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
 

$15 Member | $18 Public

Discover the stirring story behind Ken Hall’s Legacy sculpture—a life-sized killer whale skeleton meticulously carved from reclaimed cedar. This masterpiece is a highlight of the " Orcas: Our Shared Future " exhibition at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.  

Join us for an enlightening conversation between artist Ken Hall and Chris Patrello, Assistant Curator of Anthropology at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Enjoy an exclusive glimpse into Ken’s creative process and engage with us in a profound discussion about his dedication to sharing his nature-focused artistic vision with the world. He and Chris will explore how Ken’s art connects to the themes of "Orcas: Our Shared Future,” including the complexities of our vulnerable ocean ecosystems, orca culture and biology, and the deep and ongoing relationships between orcas and various Indigenous communities.   

Don't miss this chance to deepen your understanding and celebrate the intricate details of this awe-inspiring sculpture and the story behind it.  

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Wednesday, July 10
6:30 p.m.
Infinity Theater
$12 Museum and Denver Film Members, $15 Non-Members

Sci-Fi Film Series

Denver Film and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science joined forces to untangle fact from fiction in your favorite science fiction films. Watch classic sci-fi films and museum scientists lead discussions exploring where science and film meet.

ANNIHILATION

A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition into a mysterious zone where the laws of nature don't apply. Dive deeper with a post-film discussion featuring Bridget N. Chalifour, PhD - Genomics Scientist, DMNS. 

 

Tickets sold through Denver Film.


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Wednesday, August 7th
6:30 p.m.
Infinity Theater
$12 Museum and Denver Film Members, $15 Non-Members

Sci-Fi Film Series

Denver Film and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science joined forces to untangle fact from fiction in your favorite science fiction films. Watch classic sci-fi films and museum scientists lead discussions exploring where science and film meet. 

SUNSHINE

Fifty years into the future, the sun is dying, and Earth is threatened by arctic temperatures. A team of astronauts is sent to revive the Sun — but the mission fails. Seven years later, a new team is sent to finish the mission as mankind’s last hope. Post film discussion with Dr. KaChun Yu - Assistant Curator of Space Science

 

Tickets sold through Denver Film.


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Wednesday, July 17
6:30 p.m.
Infinity Theater
$12 Museum and Denver Film Members, $15 Non-Members

Sci-Fi Film Series

Denver Film and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science joined forces to untangle fact from fiction in your favorite science fiction films. Watch classic sci-fi films and museum scientists lead discussions exploring where science and film meet.

The Martian

A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition into a mysterious zone where the laws of nature don't apply. Post film discussion with Dr. Steve Lee, Senior Research Scientist at the Space Science Institute (SSI) in Boulder, CO 

 

Tickets sold through Denver Film.


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Wednesday, July 24
6:30 p.m.
Sie Film Center
$12 Museum and Denver Film Members, $15 Non-Members

Sci-Fi Film Series

Denver Film and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science joined forces to untangle fact from fiction in your favorite science fiction films. Watch classic sci-fi films and museum scientists lead discussions exploring where science and film meet.

Quantum Cowboys

Two hapless drifters, Frank and Bruno, team up with Linde to recover her land and trek across 1870's Southern Arizona to find an elusive frontier musician. The complex quantum time theory is blended with philosophical musings about art as the way we understand our history and memories, with gunfights, horses, dance halls, cacti, and saloons! Post film discussion with writer / director Geoff Marslett.

 

Please note that this film is HOSTED AT THE SIE FILM CENTER

Tickets sold through Denver Film.


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Wednesday, July 31
6:30 p.m.
Sie Film Center
$12 Museum and Denver Film Members, $15 Non-Members

Sci-Fi Film Series

Denver Film and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science joined forces to untangle fact from fiction in your favorite science fiction films. Watch classic sci-fi films and museum scientists lead discussions exploring where science and film meet.

Arrival

Taking place after alien crafts land around the world, an expert linguist is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat.

 

Please note that this film is HOSTED AT THE SIE FILM CENTER

Tickets sold through Denver Film.

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Thursday, July 25, 2024
7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
$25 Member / $35 Nonmember
Ages 21+

Hot, hot, hot, hot!

Enjoy the spice of life with the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and toast to the height of Summer with all things spicy!

What is Science Lounge?

Science Lounge is an evening for all folks 21 and over to grab a refreshing cold beverage and explore the Museum after-hours - exploring the exhibits, meeting new people, and dancing in the diorama halls!

But that’s not all – we’ve always got some scientific and “sip-able” discoveries on hand for the curiosity connoisseurs out there.

  • Check out our mini lectures – our Genomic Research Scientists will duke it out debating the differences of Spices vs. Peppers – who will win in the Battle of the (taste)Buds?
  • Want to share a favorite spicy (or non-spicy) recipe? Bring it along or share it at our Recipe Swap Station!
  • Spice on Ice (well, liquid nitrogen) - do spicy foods taste different when they’re super-cooled with liquid nitrogen? Try it – if you dare...
  • Check out the Summer Sky with our telescopes on the Sky Terrace!
  • Dress to impress – wear your favorite Summer Duds – Hawai'ian shirts, florals, and Summer fashions are encouraged!

As always, we’ll have delicious sips at our cash bar and some spicy snacks to nosh on – come out for Science Lounge: Summer & Spice!

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Wednesday, June 19

9 a.m.-5 p.m.

FREE

Celebrate Juneteenth at the Museum! The event will feature resources and access to community partners in science and STEAM, fun and engaging activities for the whole family and more. Admission is FREE from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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