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Wednesday, January 29
7 p.m.
Ricketson Auditorium
Free

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 West Evening Entrance on the west side of the Museum.

The next 60 Minutes will be on February 26

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Thursday, January 30
6 p.m.
Gates Planetarium
$12 Museum member, $15 nonmember

In 1979, the Museum produced The Last Question, a planetarium show based on a short story by acclaimed science fiction writer Isaac Asimov and narrated by the legendary Leonard Nimoy. The story takes place in 2061 and begins with a simple question posed to a computer. Now you can experience the cerebral tale as never before during this totally out-there event that combines visual elements digitized from the original glass slides, Nimoy’s voiceover, and today’s advanced planetarium technology. Swing by the cash bar before the show, and view items from the Museum archives, including objects related to Asimov and Nimoy.

Dr. Ka Chun Yu, curator of space science, will lead a Q&A after the program. No late admittance.

21+

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Thursday, January 30
8 p.m.
Gates Planetarium
$12 Museum member, $15 nonmember

In 1979, the Museum produced The Last Question, a planetarium show based on a short story by acclaimed science fiction writer Isaac Asimov and narrated by the legendary Leonard Nimoy. The story takes place in 2061 and begins with a simple question posed to a computer. Now you can experience the cerebral tale as never before during this totally out-there event that combines visual elements digitized from the original glass slides, Nimoy’s voiceover, and today’s advanced planetarium technology. Swing by the cash bar before the show, and view items from the Museum archives, including objects related to Asimov and Nimoy.

Dr. Ka Chun Yu, curator of space science, will lead a Q&A after the program. No late admittance.

21+

Cash Bar

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Thursday, February 6
7 p.m.
Ricketson Auditorium 
$12 Museum member, $15 nonmember

In 2008, two sailors drifted across the north Pacific to Hawaii on a raft named Junk, made from 15,000 plastic bottles tied in old fishing nets stuffed under a Cessna 310 Aircraft. The 88-day, 2,600-mile voyage was designed to build a movement to save our seas from plastic pollution. This adventure has been captured in the book Junk Raft: An Ocean Voyage and a Rising Tide of Activism to Fight Plastic Pollution. Author Marcus Eriksen will share how a grassroots movement developed into massive global coalitions demanding better waste management and corporate responsibility to make smarter products and packaging. Eriksen will also be on a panel about the future of plastics to complement the upcoming exhibit, The Plasticene, opening at the Art Students League of Denver in January. The exhibit explores the full extent of our relationship with plastic as contemporary artists work with materials you may or may not realize are plastic, from acrylic to silicone to Tyvek to yoga pants.

For more information about the panel and exhibit, visit www.asld.org.

Book sale and signing to follow. 

 

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Tuesday, February 11
6 p.m.
Ricketson Auditorium 
$15 Museum member, $18 nonmember

Celebrate Darwin’s birthday by spending an evening with the affable Charles Darwin. Enactor Brian “Fox” Ellis is back by popular demand to bring Darwin to life. Hear humorous tales of Darwin’s training as a naturalist, his insights into South American geology, his discovery of strange creatures on the Galápagos archipelago, and most important, the scientific evidence that led to his revolutionary theory. Equal parts dramatic storytelling, stand-up comedy, and show-and-tell, Ellis immerses you in the intellectual world of one of history’s greatest scientific minds.

 

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Wednesday, February 12
7:30 a.m.
Wildlife Halls
$27 Museum member, $35 nonmember

Charles Darwin, brought to life by enactor Brian “Fox” Ellis, leads you on this unique tour through the Museum’s dioramas. Meet Darwin in South America and walk on over to the Galápagos Islands. Hear stories of his discoveries and the 10,000 specimens he collected. Ask questions and share insights with this great man. Darwin will offer an exclusive look at the specimens in our dioramas and the evidence behind his “rEvolutionary” ideas. Reservations required.

 

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Tuesday, February 11
8 p.m.
Ricketson Auditorium 
$15 Museum member, $18 nonmember

Celebrate Darwin’s birthday by spending an evening with the affable Charles Darwin. Enactor Brian “Fox” Ellis is back by popular demand to bring Darwin to life. Hear humorous tales of Darwin’s training as a naturalist, his insights into South American geology, his discovery of strange creatures on the Galápagos archipelago, and most important, the scientific evidence that led to his revolutionary theory. Equal parts dramatic storytelling, stand-up comedy, and show-and-tell, Ellis immerses you in the intellectual world of one of history’s greatest scientific minds.

 

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Wednesday, February 12
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Phipps Theater

FREE

Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau, Director (and former professional surfer) Sam George. This moving documentary profiles Eddie Aikau: legendary big wave surfer, pioneering lifeguard, peacemaker, and crew member of the Polynesian voyaging canoe Hokule’a. Eddie began surfing at age eleven. In 1959, at age sixteen, he dropped out of high school and bought his first surfboard with money he made working at the Dole pineapple cannery. One of the first surfers to make a name for himself braving the monster waves at Waimea Bay, in 1968, Eddie became the first lifeguard hired by the City & County of Honolulu to work on Oahu’s North Shore. Partnering with his younger brother/lifeguard Clyde, the pair never lost a life on their watch. If a swimmer was in trouble, “Eddie would go.” Eddie was named Lifeguard of the Year in 1971. Eddie surfed every major swell to come through the North Shore from 1967 to 1978. In 1977, Eddie won first place in the prestigious Duke Kahanamoku Invitational Surfing Championship competition. In 1978, Eddie volunteered as a crew member on the ill-fated second voyage of the Hokule’a as it set sail from Hawai’i to Tahiti. True to his reputation for courage and caring for others, when the Hokule’a capsized in treacherous seas and the lives of the crew members were hanging in the balance, Eddie paddled out on his surfboard to get help. Through archival footage, dramatic reenactments, contemporary interviews, and meticulously researched historical source material, Hawaiian presents the story of Edward Ryon Makuahanai “Eddie” Aikau, a remarkable man who truly embodied the Aloha Spirit. (ESPN Films in association with Peralta Productions and Taublieb Films, 2013, 88 min.).

 

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. Please use the IMAX Entrance on the East Side of the Museum. 

 

An audience discussion and Q&A will follow the film.

 

          

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Thursday, February 13
7 p.m.
Early nerd pricing (available through February 6): $25 Museum member, $30 nonmember
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Ages 21+

Whether you celebrate Valentine’s or Galentine’s, spice it up with dissections, demos, and a Valentine’s Day roast.

Early nerd pricing of $25 member, $30 nonmember is available until February 6. Ticket price increases to $30 member, $35 nonmember on February 7.

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Wednesday, February 26
7 p.m.
Phipps Theater
Free

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 East IMAX Entrance on the East side of the Museum.

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Thursday, February 27
7:30 p.m. 
Ricketson Audiorium
$12 member, $15 nonmember
Cheer on local scientists turned comedians as they attempt standup for the first time and wax hilarious about the unique nuances of their work. This one-of-a-kind comedy night for science fans will get you laughing with (and at!) some of the biggest brains in town.
Ages 18+. Cash bar. 

 

This program is presented in partnership with Science Riot

 

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Tuesday, February 20

6:30 p.m.

$13 Museum member, $15 nonmember

It's time to bid a fond farewell to The Science Lounge. Raise a glass to ten years of science fun with audience favorite activities, or revel in your sorrows with death-related debauchery. It's not all about nostalgia - we look forward to hearing your ideas for future programs. Mourning attire in black encouraged.

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Ages 21+

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Tuesday, March 3
7 p.m.
Phipps Theater 
$15 Museum member, $18 nonmember
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to view Pixar shorts from the last 30 years on the big screen, from Luxo Jr. (1986) to Bao (2018). Explore the evolution of Pixar films with Craig Svonkin, associate professor of English, Metropolitan State University of Denver. Svonkin will look at the technological advances and social and cultural changes that have shaped these innovative films.

 

This event is cosponsored by D-phi (The Denver Project for Humanistic Inquiry).  

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Friday - Sunday, June 12-14
$459 adult, $429 youth (6-12 years)

Experience fascinating rock formations from the age of the dinosaurs and paddle your way along the Colorado River with geologist Dr. Bob Raynolds 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.

 

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Saturday - Monday, July 11-13
$459 adult

Explore the interactions that occur every day in nature while canoeing the gorgeous canyons of the Gunnison River. With Museum educator and naturalist Tim Blesse, you’ll deepen your understanding of ecology and critical water resource issues. K–12 teachers may receive re-licensure credits. A pretrip workshop at the Museum on Saturday, June 6, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., is available to all participants and is required for re-licensure credit. For adults, with family and friends age 16+ welcome.

 

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Saturday - Monday, July 18-20
$459 adult, $429 youth (6-12 years old)

Embark on a memorable weekend with space scientist Dr. Ka Chun Yu 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.

 

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Wednesday - Sunday, July 22-26
$714 adult, $681 youth (6-12 years old)

Paddle along one of the longest stretches of tranquil wilderness water in the western United States, just north of Canyonlands National Park in eastern Utah. Geologist and paleobotanist Dr. Ian Miller will be your guide as you marvel at colorful sandstone walls hundreds of feet high and explore canyons and ancient rock art

 

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Thursday, February 27
8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
$27 member, $35 nonmember
Ages 18+

Cherry Creek always has one of the highest winter bird counts of any locality in Colorado. Parts of the reservoir remain open, attracting wintering “diving ducks” such as mergansers, scaup, and bufflehead, “dabbling ducks” like gadwall, mallard, and northern shoveler, as well as a good variety of grebes, loons, and gulls. Brushy habitat found throughout the park hosts spotted towhee, American tree sparrow, and white-crowned sparrow, and in the woodlands are nuthatches, chickadees, and woodpeckers. Cherry Creek’s extensive prairie areas has specialties such as northern shrike and merlin, along with early migrants like bluebirds and Say’s phoebe.

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. 

 

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Saturday, February 8
9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Grades 4-6 
$60 member, $70 nonmember 

Observe and perform dissections to find out how the human body functions. Dissect sheep hearts and lungs, eyes, brains, and frogs. Examine real bones, listen to your own heartbeat, and more!

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Saturday, February 8
9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Grades 2 & 3 
$60 member, $70 nonmember 

Observe and perform dissections to find out how the human body functions. Dissect sheep hearts, lungs, eyes, brains, and frogs. Examine real bones, listen to your own heartbeat, and more!

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June 8–August 7

Make their summer incredible at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

Online enrollment for our hugely popular summer camp program begins soon!
Giving Club registration opens Monday, January 27
For Dual Membership levels and above registration opens Tuesday, January 28

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Tuesday, January 28
7:00 –9:00 p.m.
Grades 6-8 only
Free

Teens take over the Museum at this totally free, uniquely teen event. Blast off during a sci-fi, space-themed evening as you explore the stories of a place that continues to capture imaginations and spend some time in Space Odyssey before it closes for its transformation. It’s going to be awesome! Includes free snacks, entertainment, and activities. Spots limited.

 

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Wednesday, January 22
7:00 –9:00 p.m.
Grades 912 only
Free

Teens take over the Museum at this totally free, uniquely teen event. Blast off during a sci-fi, space-themed evening as you explore the stories of a place that continues to capture imaginations and spend some time in Space Odyssey before it closes for its transformation. It’s going to be awesome! Includes free snacks, entertainment, and activities. Spots limited.

 

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Sunday, February 16
6–9 p.m.
$20 adult member, $25 adult nonmember, $15 junior/child member, $20 junior/child nonmember

Stay up late with us as all the stargazers in the family explore the incredible Colorado night sky. After dinner at the Museum, watch planetarium shows, see some of your favorite constellations through high-power telescopes (weather permitting), warm up with a hot chocolate bar, and make your own star-studded crafts. All ages welcome; programs designed for K-8 families

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Saturday-Sunday, March 14-15
6 p.m.–10 a.m.
Grades K–8 with adult
$75 adult member, $95 adult nonmember, $65 youth member, $85 youth nonmember

Spend a memorable night experiencing the magic of the Museum with your whole family! After pizza dinner, check out the wonders of Colorado springtime with a dino egg hunt through the Museum, watch a planetarium show, and experiment, explore, and engage in hands-on fun for everyone. Then sleep among the animals in our renowned diorama wildlife halls. Wake up to a full breakfast and an IMAX screening. Tickets for child and accompanying adult must be purchased together.

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Sundays:
January 5, 2020
February 2, 2020
March 1, 2020
7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

The Discovery Zone is bursting with activity, which can be overwhelming for some children. By limiting attendance and by turning down some of the ambient noise, we are excited to offer an enjoyable low-sensory morning for neuro-diverse children to play with their families. This event is free, but registration is required.

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Be inspired by women in science!

Saturday, March 7

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science and CBS4 are excited to host the sixth annual Girls & Science event. Girls (and boys!) and their families will meet women mentors in STEAM careers in “Clubhouses” with hands-on activities and a series of short presentations called Stories with Scientists. Come explore the many diverse opportunities a future career in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math can bring. Bring the whole family for a day all about igniting a passion for science—so try it on, test it out, and play!

This event is included in the price of Museum admission.

Ages 3–18: $4 general Museum admission
Members: Free
SNAP access: Free, present your EBT card at Ticketing
Military: $3 discount at the Museum for all who serve or have served in the U.S. military with a valid ID
Organized youth groups: Free with advance reservations at 303.370.6000
Scholarships available*

IMAX tickets will be 50% off on March 7 for daytime shows only and must be purchased onsite the day of the event, first come, first served.

*Free admission is available for families in need of financial assistance to attend this event. Please call 303.370.6000 in advance or see a Museum ticketing agent on March 7 for information.

Follow the fun at #girlsandscience

 

¡Déjate inspirar por las mujeres en la ciencia!

Sábado 7 de marzo

El Denver Museum of Nature & Science y CBS4 presentan el sexto evento anual “Girls & Science”. Las niñas (¡y también los niños!) y sus familias conocerán a mentoras de carreras en STEAM en “Clubhouses” de ciencias con actividades interactivas y una serie de breves presentaciones llamadas Historias con Científicas. Ven y exploralas diversas oportunidades que una futura carrera en ciencias, tecnología, ingeniería, arte o matemáticas te puede brindar. Trae a toda tu familia. Será un día para encender tu interés por las ciencias. ¡Ven a probar, experimentar y divertirte!

Este evento está incluido en el precio de admisión al Museo.

De 13 a 18 años: $4 por entrada general al Museo.
Miembros: gratis.
Acceso a beneficiarios de SNAP: gratis con solo mostrar la tarjeta EBT en la taquilla.
Militares: descuento de $ 3 en el museo para todos los que sirven o han servido en el militares de los EE. UU., con una identificación válida.
Organizaciones juveniles: gratis con reservas anticipadas al 303.370.6000.
Hay becas disponibles.*

Las entradas para IMAX tendrán 50 % de descuento el 7 de marzo solo para las funciones durante el día y se deben comprar en el lugar el día del evento. Disponibles por orden de llegada.

*La entrada al Museo es gratuita para familias que necesiten asistencia económica para venir al evento. Comunícate con anticipación al 303.370.6000 o habla con un agente de la taquilla el 7 de marzo para más información.

Sigue la diversión en #girlsandscience

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Wednesday, January 22
7 p.m.

Join us for an exclusive members-only screening of Hidden Pacific, a new IMAX 3D film that captures how blue-green islands, atolls, and coral reefs in the far reaches of the Pacific Ocean are thriving with an array of wildlife and tropical beauty, largely untouched by humans and currently protected as marine national monuments.

Tickets required: $7 adult member, $6 senior member, $6 youth (ages 3–18)
Concessions will be available for purchase.

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.

See you at the movies!

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Wednesday, February 5
6-9 p.m.

As a new member of the Museum, you are invited to join us for this exclusive members-only evening! This event is free for those covered on your membership. The entire Museum will be open for you except for the temporary exhibitions, The Science Behind Pixar and Extreme Sports, and Phipps IMAX Theater.

• Explore treasures from our science collections.
• Visit with our scientists and researchers.
• See Mr. Bones, the walking dinosaur.
• Experience the wonders of the cosmos in Gates Planetarium.
• Find hidden secrets in the dioramas.
• Check out the skies through telescopes (weather permitting).
• Enjoy an additional 10% discount on select items* in the Museum Shop (save a total of 20%).

Advance reservations are required!

An optional pre-purchased dinner** is available for $14 adult, senior, junior (ages 13–18); $9 child (ages 3–12), served between 6 and 8 p.m. Advance dinner reservations are due Wednesday, January 22.

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Spinach salad with balsamic vinaigrette and ranch dressing
Corn on the cob
Red skinned mashed potatoes
Boneless pork chops
House made brownies
Tea and water

Please bring your print-at-home ticket, membership card or eCard, and photo ID for admission to the event.

*Extra 10% discount does not apply to DVDs, CDs, and books.
**Limited seating for dinner, which will be served until 8 p.m. No walk-up tickets will be available. No refunds for food orders.

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Wednesday, February 19 • 6–9 p.m.
Tickets required for all events: $8 adult, $7 senior/junior
An optional prepurchased dinner is available for an additional charge: $14 adult, junior, senior member; $9 child. Reservations are required.

Participate in hands-on activities inspired by the science, technology, engineering, art, and math concepts used at Pixar Animation Studios every day to bring their beloved films and characters to life. Each section focuses on a step in the filmmaking process, giving you and your family an unparalleled view of Pixar’s production pipeline. Enjoy more than 50 interactive elements, meet the production teams in video profiles, and come face-to-face with re-creations of your favorite Pixar characters, including Buzz Lightyear, Dory, Mike and Sulley, Edna Mode, and WALL•E!

Menu:
Gideon’s chicken (mushrooms, carrots, and a white wine sauce) 
Ratatouille 
Linguine Alfredo 
Green beans (garlic roasted with crispy onions)
Monster cupcakes
Bread rolls

No walk-up tickets will be available; events subject to selling out. Exhibition entry by timed ticket due to gallery capacity. Only The Science Behind Pixar exhibition will be open on Members Evenings; the rest of the Museum will be closed.

The Science Behind Pixar was developed by the Museum of Science, Boston, in collaboration with Pixar Animation Studios. © Disney/Pixar. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.

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Tuesday, February 18 | 7–9:00 P.M.
An exclusive all-ages event for Giving Club & YP Members

Journey behind the scenes through the Avenir Collections Center to learn about our archives and cultural and scientific history as you interact with Museum scientists and see collections not on public display. Also, join us for an exclusive tour through the heart of the building to imagine the Museum’s future and the possibilities that lie both within and beyond our walls.

Enjoy a sweet treat and beverage of your choice on us!

Giving Club & YP members must log-in to their account to reveal this event in the left side menu under your respective Membership group.

To help us plan for dessert, PLEASE RSVP NO LATER THAN FEBRUARY 4.

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Friday Evening Hours

Friday, January 17–October 30, 2020*
Museum open until 10 p.m.


The Museum will be open until 10 p.m. on Fridays beginning January 17! It will be business as usual, with a few extras thrown in.
• Admission prices remain the same.
• General admission is free for members.
• Tickets for upcharged temporary exhibitions, IMAX films (5 and 6 p.m.), and the Hollywood Favorites at 7 p.m. will be available.
• Food and drink will be available for purchase.
We look forward to kicking off the weekends with you!

*Except September 25

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