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Thursday, March 216:30–9:30 p.m.Ages 21+ $13 member, $15 nonmemberCash bar
March 25-299 a.m.-3:30 p.m.Grades K–1$260 member, $290 non-member
Looking for something amazing for your kids to do during school breaks? At the Museum, your child will experience fun and wonder, see IMAX films and planetariums shows, and explore the marvels of the temporary exhibition Leonardo da Vinci: 500 Years of Genius. Different activities each week. Limited early morning drop-off and late pickup options available.
March 25-299 a.m.-3:30 p.m.Grades 2–3$260 member, $290 non-member
March 25-299 a.m.-3:30 p.m.Grades 4–6$260 member, $290 non-member
Wednesday, March 276:30 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m. and seating begins at 6:15 p.m.)7:45 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m. and seating begins at 7:30 p.m.)Phipps IMAX Theater$7 adult member, $6 child/junior/senior member
Join us for an exclusive members-only screening of the new IMAX 3D film Superpower Dogs, where you will be awed by the life-saving superpowers and extraordinary bravery of some of the world’s most amazing dogs! While you’re here, you’ll have the chance to meet some of Colorado’s hero dogs from C-RAD: Colorado Rapid Avalanche Deployment and Victory Service Dogs. Plus say hello to adoptable puppies from Maxfund Animal Shelter.
Please note that Giving Club Flex Tickets and/or IMAX benefit tickets are not valid for this special event.
Please enter through the main entrance (north doors)Concessions will be available for purchase.
Due to popularity and theater capacity, we anticipate this event will sell-out.
Wednesday, March 277 p.m.Ricketson AuditoriumFree
Go "behind the stories" in space science using the best images and animation available to help understand new developments. Seating is limited to first come, first served. Please use the IMAX evening entrance on the east side of the Museum. The next 60 Minutes in Space is Wednesday, April 24.
Thursday, March 287 a.m.–5 p.m.$27 member, $35 nonmemberAges 18+
By late March, ice is clearing from lakes, and the first migrants are arriving from the south. The Boulder area features many lively bird sites this time of year, where ducks abound, sparrows chirp from the underbrush, and raptors rule the sky. See a wide variety of lingering overwintering birds, such as Townsend’s solitaire, ruby-crowned kinglet, and white-crowned sparrow, and early migrants such as yellow-rumped warbler, Say’s phoebe, and bluebirds. And, of course, there will be the resident nuthatches, owls, and woodpeckers!
Transportation is not included. Participants caravan from a meeting location. The meeting locations for bird walks vary with each outing, so please consult your reminder email for final information.
Fijian Album has been postponed but will be rescheduled for later this year.
Tuesday, April 2 • 6–9 p.m.$50 member, $60 nonmemberIn addition to an adults-only evening in Leonardo da Vinci: 500 Years of Genius, enjoy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar followed by dinner. Reservations are required.
Inventor, artist, scientist, anatomist, engineer, architect, sculptor, philosopher. Experience true genius in Da Vinci Alive, the most comprehensive exhibition about Leonardo ever presented.
Developed by Grande Exhibitions in Australia in collaboration with the Museo Leonardo da Vinci in Rome and experts from Italy and France, Da Vinci Alive will immerse you in Leonardo’s extraordinary life and legacy.
Menu:Mixed greens and spinach with cucumber, olive and tomato, red wine vinaigretteWarm rollsChicken Florentine with ricotta and lemonRoasted pepper risottoSeasonal vegetablesClassic cannoliVegetarian option (call Guest Services at 303.370.6306 to request - cannot be requested online): roasted mushroom and cannellini beans over roasted red pepper risotto
No walk-up tickets will be available; events subject to selling out. Exhibition entry by timed ticket due to gallery capacity. Only the Leondardo Da Vinci exhibition will be open on Members Evenings; the rest of the Museum will be closed.
Wednesday, April 35–10 p.m.
Level 1Brain Games and Neuroanatomy Want to test your sense of equilibrium with a spinning Barany chair? See and touch giant neurons made of papier-mâché? Play exciting games to learn about your nervous system? Yes. You do.5–9 p.m., Southeast Atrium
Space OdysseyDraw a Bob Ross-style landscape of Saturn’s largest moon, chill out while freezing everyday objects in Liquid Nitrogen, and more.
VR ArcadeEver wanted to be a space pirate? Now’s your chance. Play this game and many more! Special ticket purchase required.
Gems and MineralsBring your "apatite" for science to this extra-"gneiss" exhibit.
The Inventing RoomWhat’s cooler than being cool? Ice cold! Liquid nitrogen desserts for purchase.5–9 p.m., North Atrium
Cash Bar How do you like your ethanol? Indulge in beer, wine, and more, available for purchase. 5–9 p.m., North Atrium
Food Trucks Brain food available for purchase from Wong Way Veg and Barbed Wire Reef.5–9 p.m., outside the Southeast Atrium
Mr. BonesWe have three words for you: life-size dinosaur puppets.Throughout the Museum, 5–10 p.m.
Level 2 Expedition HealthDissections! Illusions! Telekinesis …? Come explore it all, and more.
Discovery ZoneDoes building with blocks, splashing in water, and playing with puppets count as “science”? We think so.
El Alebrije: Una historia en comúnSee beautiful handcrafted Mexican folk art depicting wild and mythical creatures.
North American Indian CulturesExplore authentic reconstructed dwellings, including an Inuit snow house and a Cheyenne tipi.
Cash Bar How do you like your ethanol? Indulge in beer, wine, and more, available for purchase. 5–9 p.m., Bridge
Phipps IMAX TheaterLike dogs? Like volcanoes? Like oceans? You’ve come to the right place. Screenings begin at 5 and run on the hour until 9. Special ticket purchase required. 5 p.m.: Superpower Dogs 3D6 p.m.: Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation 3D7 p.m.: Oceans: Our Blue Planet 3D8 p.m.: Superpower Dogs 3D9 p.m.: Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation 3D
Level 3Prehistoric JourneyDinosaurs, mastodons, and single-celled organisms, oh my!
Egyptian MummiesDigitally unwrap mummies in this blast from the past.
Leonardo da Vinci: 500 Years of Genius Come party like it’s 1519. Special ticket purchase required.
NOTE: PROGRAMMING SUBJECT TO CHANGE
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is pleased to partner with the International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management and the Denver American Indian Commission to present Indigenous Film, a monthly indigenous film series.
Films will be screened at the Museum’s Phipps Theater. Doors open at 6 p.m., films begin at 6:30 p.m. Please use the IMAX Evening entrance on the east side of the Museum.
Admission is free. Concessions will be available for purchase.
A Showcase of Humorous Films
The Golden Fidget, Minegoziibe Anishnabe School, Grade 2/3 Class (Ojibwe from Pine Creek). Conceived, storyboarded and directed entirely by 8-10 year olds, The Golden Fidget is a playful take on old-style detective films. (Wapikoni Mobile, 2017, 7 min.).
Pookums, Director Shane Belcourt (Métis). A short film based on real events, made to test out a new camera. Shot in four days on a budget of $150 (because the director bought the actors lunch). (2017, 11 min.).
No Reservations, Director Trevor Carroll (Anishinaabe from Wikwemikong). A satirical commentary inspired by the No DAPL movement. What if the moccasin was on the other foot? (Crazy8z Film Society, 2017, 12 min.)
Is that one of Your Jokes? Director Jay Cardinal Villeneuve (Cree/Métis). As we follow Mark Buffalo, an obscure First Nations comedian, trying to line up gigs in local bars and cafes, we see that life for a comedian is not always funny – at least not to him. (Adult language). (Cardinal Cinema Cartel, 2017, 11 min.).
Ronnie BoDean, Director Steven Paul Judd (Kiowa/Choctaw). Is it a problem when the babysitter teaches your kids three-card monte? Hell, no. It’s a life skill. And “once you got skills, you can provide for your family.” With Wes Studi as Ronnie BoDean. (2015, 13 min.).
Thursday, April 11 • 9 a.m.–9 p.m.See it before it opens to the public! Reservations are required.
Your senses are one of those things you don’t think much about, yet they are constantly at work shaping your perception of the world. Now they get the scientific spotlight in this exhibition for the whole family that reveals how and why what we perceive is not all, or exactly, what’s actually going on around us. Enjoy some “sensory overload” as you play with color, patterns, sound, scents, and touch, and discover how there’s so much more to our senses than just the famous five.
No walk-up tickets will be available; events subject to selling out. Exhibition entry by timed ticket due to gallery capacity. Only the Our Senses exhibition will be open during Members Evenings; the rest of the Museum will be closed.
Tuesday, April 16 • 6–9 p.m.An optional prepurchased dinner is available for an additional charge: $14 adult, junior, senior member; $9 child. Reservations are required.
Menu:Marinated mushroom, mozzarella & tomato saladChicken FlorentineEggplant parmesanPenne pasta with marinaraBrownie
Thursday, April 186:30–9:30 p.m.Ages 21+ $13 member, $15 nonmemberCash bar
Embark on a fantastic adventure in search of dragons! Gather knowledge about dragon myths in different cultures, and paint your own dragon egg. Whether you’re a dungeon master or the mother of dragons, you’ll get fired up about this mythical creature.
Become a world traveler from the comfort of a planetarium seat! Italy is your destination as you follow the path of Leonardo da Vinci along the waterways of Venice, marvel at the streets of Rome, and roam the Tuscan landscape using immersive satellite images of Earth projected onto the full dome. Geologist Dr. Bob Raynolds and space science curator Dr. Ka Chun Yu will be your guides on this journey.
Wednesday, April 247 p.m.Ricketson AuditoriumFree
Go "behind the stories" in space science using the best images and animation available to help understand new developments. Seating is limited to first come, first served. The next 60 Minutes in Space is May, 29.
Thursday, April 257 a.m.-6 p.m.$27 member, $35 nonmemberAges 18+
By late April many migrants have returned to the prairies of eastern Colorado. Western Weld County is home to myriad lakes, marshes, and woodlands that host migrants passing through or returning to their nesting grounds. Explore such “hot spots” as Banner Lakes, 59 Pond, Loloff Reservoir, Lower Latham Reservoir, and Stewart’s Pond for newly arrived cinnamon and blue-winged teal and American white pelicans, grebes, solitary sandpiper, willet, godwit, Virginia’s rail, sora, white-faced ibis, and many more with expert bird guide Norm Lewis.
Teens take over the Museum at this totally free, uniquely teen night. Overwhelm your senses as we feature our new temporary exhibit Our Senses. Chill with friends, move to the music, and eat free snacks after hours!
Honey bees get all the press, but North America’s native bees also deserve some buzz. Through interviews with farmers, gardeners, scientists, and bee experts, the book Our Native Bees: North America’s Endangered Pollinators and the Fight to Save Them explores why these tiny endangered species are essential to our ecosystems and food supplies. Author Paige Embry will share her fascinating adventures, including going on a bee hunt with the world expert on the likely extinct Franklin’s bumble bee, raising blue orchard bees in her refrigerator, and discovering an organization that turns out-of-play areas on golf courses into pollinator habitats. A book sale and signing will follow the lecture.
Mondays & Wednesdays, May 6–15, 6:30–9:30 p.m. $150 member, $180 nonmember
ReservationsRegistration is required. Please call 303.370.6000, daily, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. or click the BUY NOW button.
Tuesday, May 7 • 6–9 p.m.$50 member, $60 nonmember*Please accept our sincerest apologies for the date error printed on the event postcard listing Thursday, May 2 as the date for this evening.
In addition to an adults-only evening in Our Senses, enjoy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar followed by dinner. Reservations are required.
Menu:Caesar salad with crispy parmesanChicken Valdosta with linguini & mushroomsSeasonal vegetableStrawberry Tasting: strawberry/red wine sorbet, strawberry consomée and strawberry shortcakeVegetarian option (call Guest Services at 303.370.6306 to request - cannot be requested online): Mushroom crepes
Photography for the Amateur Birder
Thursdays, May 9–23, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Field trip: Saturday, May 18, 7 a.m.–11 a.m.$110 member, $140 nonmember
Do you enjoy watching and listening to birds in your yard or local park? Would you like to document these experiences with photographs? This class, presented by Bob Dean, a local nature, wildlife, and travel photographer, will go a long way toward achieving this goal. The course will consist of three evening sessions to cover the basics of nature and bird photography, and a field trip to try hands-on techniques to capture images of local birds. You don’t need ultra-long lenses to enjoy bird photography; just bring the camera equipment you have and learn how to get the most from it. Field trip transportation is not included. Participants caravan from a meeting location.
Image © Bob Dean
ReservationsRegistration is required. Please call 303.370.6000, daily, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. or click the BUY NOW button.
Thursday, May 166:30–9:30 p.m.Ages 21+ $13 member, $15 nonmemberCash bar
Thursday, May 236 a.m.-6 p.m.$27 member, $35 nonmemberAges 18+
Wednesday, May 297 p.m.Ricketson AuditoriumFree
Go "behind the stories" in space science using the best images and animation available to help understand new developments. Seating is limited to first come, first served. Please use the Evening entrance on the west side of the Museum.
The next 60 Minutes in Space will be Wednesday, June 26.
Step into Escher’s Universe, a full-dome film based on the life and work of the multifaceted Maurits Cornelis Escher. He had a unique ability to join mathematics, astronomy, optics, and geometry together in art. Shapes, three-dimensional reconstructions, dual worlds, unreal buildings, or impossible continuities in this show reveal Escher's continuous search for knowledge. After the film, psychologist Dr. Timothy Sweeny, from the University of Denver, will discuss how the brain impacts the way people see the world around them.
June 3–August 9
Make their summer incredible at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.
Online enrollment for our hugely popular summer camp program begins soon!
Is it literally a spark that ignites human curiosity? The answer and more lie somewhere in the brain’s complex architecture. Get a look inside your head during a tour of the brain, projected on our immersive planetarium dome, with Dr. Jonathan Fisher, assistant professor of physiology, New York Medical College. Fisher founded the Neurodome Project, which combines planetarium technology with high-resolution brain imaging techniques. From witnessing sparks of electrical activity in individual neurons to sailing down neural pathways that support consciousness, emotions, and complex thought, you will explore the fundamental mechanisms of brain function—and what it means to be human.
Wednesday–Sunday, June 12–16 $691 adult, $661 child (6–12 years)
Museum educator Jennifer Moss Logan shares stories of those who left their mark on the local landscape, from ancient native peoples to the colorful characters whose adventures brought them westward. For both the adventurer and historian at heart.
Reservations and information: 720.283.0553 or CentennialCanoe.com
Friday, June 14, 20196:30 p.m.–1 a.m.
The Museum is a feast for the senses. So much to see, hear, taste, and touch. On June 14, let’s take it to the next level and explore how perception is more than simply a window into the world around us—it’s what makes us human.
Museum After Dark: Perception will heighten your senses during a fascinating evening that only the Denver Museum of Nature & Science can deliver while supporting science education and research. Using technology and the lens of human biology, guests will enjoy live entertainment, interactive science demonstrations, and a progressive dinner highlighting just about everyone’s favorite sense: taste! Cap the evening by dancing the night away with the entire Museum family at the After Dark Soiree.
Saturday–Monday, July 13–15 $436 adult, $406 child (6–12 years)
Experience fascinating rock formations from the age of the dinosaurs, and paddle your way along the Colorado River with educator Samantha Sands as your time-travel guide. Camping along the river’s banks and exploring Dominquez Canyon will leave you awed by the immensity of geologic time.
Saturday–Monday, July 27–29$436 adult, $406 child (6–12 years)
Embark on a memorable weekend with astronomer Naomi Pequette as you revel in both earthbound scenery and the breathtaking skies above. Without the interference of city lights, learn about planets, constellations, and deep space.
Wednesday–Sunday, August 7–11
$691 adult, $661 child (6–12 years)
With geologist Bob Raynolds as your guide, marvel at colorful sandstone walls hundreds of feet high and explore canyons and ancient rock art. Canoe down this epic stretch of river, hike and explore the Dominguez Canyon Wilderness Area with waterfalls and petroglyphs, and camp along the river’s edge.
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