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Thursday, Nov. 18
7:45 p.m. (doors open at 7:15)
Phipps Theater
$39.50

The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe podcast hosts are here in Denver as part of their Extravaganza tour! You may have heard their award-winning science podcast, and perhaps you have read their best-selling book on critical thinking. Now watch them live on stage as they entertain and challenge your perception of reality. Joined by host and musician, George Hrab, the SGU crew will create a skeptical extravaganza of special significance!

 

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VIRTUAL EVENT
Wednesday, Nov. 17
7-8 p.m.
Virtual Event
$5 members, $10 nonmembers
From bustling cities and mountain peaks to a vast ancient sea, Colorado has seen dramatic changes in its landscape and climate. Ka Chun Yu, curator of space science, and Bob Raynolds, research associate, look back in time to the Cretaceous, explore what we see today, and ponder what changes may be on the horizon. How will recent challenges like access to water and devastating fires affect what Colorado looks like in the future?
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Thursday, September 30
7 p.m.
6:15 p.m. Book sale and signing
Phipps Theater
$12 Museum and Denver Film members, $15 nonmembers, Free for students

The Sci-Fi Film Series returns to the theater with a screening of “Arrival”! Museum space scientist Ka Chun Yu and Vincent Piturro, professor of film and media studies at MSU of Denver, will lead a discussion of the film and break down the science behind these alternative possibilities. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Come before the event to get a drink from the cash bar or for a book sale and signing of “The Science of Sci-Fi Cinema: Essays on the Art and Principles of Ten Films” with Piturro and Museum scientists. Inspired by the Sci-Fi Series, this volume of essays examines 10 films, with a focus on discerning the possible, the unlikely, and the purely science fictional. Presented in partnership with Denver Film.
Bring a food item to donate to MSU Denver’s Roadrunner Food Pantry to help MSU Denver students in need. 
 
Events are subject to change based upon federal, state or local health guidance. All sales are final unless the Museum cancels the event.

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Virtual Experience
$15 member, $20 nonmember

 

Science Smarts trivia equals fun for the whole family! This recorded experience is our newest virtual product. Put your mind to the test with the trivia game Science Smarts! From paleontology to animals that live underground, you'll unearth some fantastic fun facts. Science Smarts: Dirt, Digs and Dinos includes access to our Vimeo site where you’ll unlock your Science Smarts video complete with three rounds of trivia. Share the link to the video with up to 10 friends or family. Play over a video call for a group experience or have fun playing solo. Keep your eyes peeled for the next installment of Science Smarts: All That Glitters! Great for families and kids 6 and up!  

*Access to your Science Smarts trivia video begins the day you purchase and expires 9/31/21.*

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Monday, Dec. 6
7 p.m
Ricketson Auditorium
$12 member, $15 nonmember
In “Colliding Worlds: How Cosmic Encounters Shaped Planets and Life,” Simone Marchi explores the key role that collisions in space have played in the formation and evolution of the solar system, the development of planets and possibly even the origin of life on Earth. Analyzing the latest understanding of the surfaces of Mars and Venus, gleaned from recent space missions, Marchi presents the dramatic story of cosmic collisions and their legacies. On Earth these signs are more subtle, but still cataclysmic, such as the massive asteroid strike that likely sparked the demise of the dinosaurs and many other forms of life some 66 million years ago. Marchi will discuss his new book that includes a chapter focusing on Corral Bluffs, the site of a major fossil discovery by the Museum. A book sale and access to the “After the Asteroid” exhibition will follow the presentation.

Events are subject to change based upon federal, state or local health guidance.  All sales are final unless the Museum cancels the event.

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Tuesday, Nov. 30
7 p.m.
Virtual Event
FREE
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.
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Wednesday, Oct. 27
7 p.m.
Virtual Event
FREE
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.
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Wednesday, Sep. 29
7 p.m.
Virtual Event
FREE
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.
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Thursday, Oct. 21
7 p.m
Ricketson Auditorium
$12 member, $15 nonmember
Join WorldDenver and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science as we explore Mars through the lens of the Al Amal (Hope) spacecraft orbiter, which reached the Red Planet on Feb. 9. The historic Mission to Mars was accomplished by an international collaboration between the University of Colorado Boulder's Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) who assembled the craft and the United Arab Emirates' Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre. Live from the Ricketson Auditorium, we'll be joined by scientists and engineers from LASP and a spokesperson from the UAE to discuss their unique global partnership, while viewing incredible footage from the orbiter itself. Beer and wine will be available for purchase from the cash bar beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Events are subject to change based upon federal, state or local health guidance.  All sales are final unless the Museum cancels the event.

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Thursday, Oct. 21
9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Reservations required. See it before it opens to the public!

In “Survival of the Slowest” you’ll meet live animals such as a two-toed sloth, a green iguana, a chameleon and several other species that manage to thrive in a world where large, strong and fast animals are often at the top of the food chain.

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Wednesday, Oct. 27
6 - 9 p.m.

FREE

Reservations required. See it after hours!

Sometimes being slow has advantages. In “Survival of the Slowest” you’ll meet live animals such as a two-toed sloth, a green iguana, a chameleon and several other species that manage to thrive in a world where large, strong and fast animals are often at the top of the food chain. Explore dozens of habitats teeming with live plants and animals, and discover their counterintuitive adaptations and surprising strategies for survival.

An optional plated dinner is available for purchase with this event. Adult/Senior/Youth (11-18): $25; Children (3-10): $14. Separate timed tickets are required for BOTH dinner and exhibit entry; please make sure to select BOTH at checkout if interested (Exhibit Entry and Optional Dinner are listed as separate Member Events). Dinner reservation required by Oct. 15, 2021; purchase here.

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Wednesday, Nov. 3
6 - 9 p.m.

$50 Members; $60 Non-Members

Reservations required by Oct. 20. Ages 21+ Only. See it after hours!

Sometimes being slow has advantages. In “Survival of the Slowest” you’ll meet live animals such as a two-toed sloth, a green iguana, a chameleon and several other species that manage to thrive in a world where large, strong and fast animals are often at the top of the food chain. Explore dozens of habitats teeming with live plants and animals, and discover their counterintuitive adaptations and surprising strategies for survival. 

In addition to an adults-only evening in "Survival of the Slowest," you'll enjoy a cash bar followed by a plated dinner.

Event subject to sell out due to exhibit capacity.

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Tuesday, Sep. 28
7 p.m.

Journey to a land of grizzlies, coastal wolves, sea otters and the all-white spirit bear – the rarest bear on earth – at an exclusive, members only screening of “Great Bear Rainforest: Land of the Spirit Bear” in the Phipps IMAX® Theater on Tuesday, Sept. 28 at 7:00 p.m.

Following the film, chat with the Museum’s Anthropology Department and admire artifacts from our Northwest Coast collection.
 
Tickets required: $7 adult member, $6 senior member, $6 youth (ages 3–18)

  • Please enter through the IMAX night entrance on the east side of the building.
  • Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and seating will begin at 6:45 p.m.
  • Please bring your member card for Museum entrance and your ticket to the IMAX film.
  • Concessions will be available for purchase.
  • All sales are final unless the Museum cancels the event.
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Tuesday, Oct. 19 | 5–9:00 P.M.
An exclusive all-ages event for Giving Club & YP Members
FREE

As Giving Club and Young Professional members, you are invited to deepen your passion for nature and science during a special evening where you will journey into Australia and the South Pacific. Enjoy watching the newest IMAX film "Sea Lions: Life by a Whisker" which tells the story of a man dedicated to saving the endangered Australian Sea Lion. Our Science staff will connect the film to items in the Anthropology and Conservation collections as you tour behind the scenes in the Avenir Collections Center.

Hors d'oeuvres and a dessert will be provided, plus a cash bar is available.

Giving Club & YP members must log-in to their account to reveal this event in the left side menu under your respective Membership group. Please register for this event online or by calling Member Services at 303.370.6306. 

Space is limited and the total capacity for this event is subject to change. Advance reservations are required and entry is by timed ticket only. Please enter through the Museum's East IMAX entrance. Guests must wear a mask while in the Avenir Collections Center.

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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. on Fridays 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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Poster thumbnail image for Mind & Brain Education Mini Conference

Saturday, October 2, 2021
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
For K – 12 educators
$45 registration, additional $35 for optional re-licensure credit

In this mini-conference for K – 12 educators hosted at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, kick off the day with coffee and breakfast treats during the Keynote speaker, followed by three rounds of exciting, concurrent 90-minute mini sessions where local facilitators will help you to answer:
  • How do we learn?
  • How do we regulate emotion?
  • What motivates and demotivates learners?
  • What is the Science of Belonging and Agency?
  • How does the adolescent brain work in the classroom?
After an engaging day of learning and teaching techniques, finish up the conference with closing thoughts and some prizes, and then spend the remainder of the day exploring the Museum!  
*The Mind & Brain Education Mini-Conference also offers a 0.5 graduate level re-licensure credit.
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