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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 West Evening Entrance on the west side of the Museum.
The next 60 Minutes in Space will be Wednesday, June 26.
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. Please use the West Evening Entrance on the west side of the Museum.The next 60 Minutes in Space is May, 29.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hosted by Meteorologist Mike Nelson
Commemorate Earth Day with an informative evening about our changing climate, presented by KMGH-Denver7 at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.
Denver7 meteorologist Mike Nelson will moderate a discussion among top experts in fields related to climate change, energy technology, and policy as they address the science behind the issue and solutions for the future.
Scheduled speakers are Scott Denning, professor of atmospheric science, Colorado State University; Chuck Kutscher, senior research associate, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute; Alexander MacDonald, weather program director, Spire Global; and Bill Ritter Jr., 41st Governor of Colorado.
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.).
Commanduck, director Keith Whiteduck (Algonquin from Kitigan Zibi). A band takes up the challenge of recording its worst album. (Wapikoni Mobile, 2016, 6 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.).
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.
Thursday, May 166:30–9:30 p.m.Ages 21+ $13 member, $15 nonmemberCash bar
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.
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.
Colorado Butterflies in Mixed Media
Mondays & Wednesdays, June 17-26 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
$225 member, $250 nonmember
Butterflies are beautiful; almost everyone can agree on that. But have you ever looked really closely at a butterfly? Join Marjorie Leggitt, an award-winning illustrator, as she leads you through the steps to create a realistic, larger-than-life, mixed-media butterfly illustration. This all-levels art workshop starts with an overview of butterflies by Dr. Frank Krell, curator of entomology. Then, select a Colorado butterfly from the Museum’s education collections for your project. Leggitt will describe the importance of close observation and teach simple math skills to help you measure and duplicate wing patterns. Learn how to mix and layer watercolor to build rich, luminous colors, and discover the secret to creating light and iridescence, and colored pencil tricks that build texture and details. Materials provided.
Leonardo and the Vitruvian Man
Museum experience: Tuesday, June 4 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Studio experience: Saturday, June 8 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Become immersed in the world of Leonardo da Vinci in this two-part experience. First, Dr. Steve Nash, curator of archaeology, will share insights on the life and times of Leonardo, followed by after-hours access to the temporary exhibition Leonardo da Vinci: 500 Years of Genius. Part two is an experiential learning workshop at Anatomy in Clay Centers. Instructor Jon Zahourek—anatomist, artist, scientist, and inventor—will guide you through Vitruvius’s rules of proportion for humans and architecture. Based on the notes of architect Vitruvius Pollio (80 BCE), Leonardo’s drawing The Vitruvian Man became known as the “Canon of Proportions.” Vitruvius’s universal design principles embody his belief that the workings of the human body are the same as the workings of the universe. In the studio, you will have an opportunity to put your genius to work as you form anatomy in clay onto Zahourek’s MANIKEN® models of the human skeleton. Materials included.
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
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.
Reservations and information:
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.
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.
Thursday, May 236 a.m.-6 p.m.$27 member, $35 nonmemberAges 18+
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!
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!
Sensory Friendly Event: Our Senses!
Saturday, April 206–8 p.m.All Ages!Free
Get in touch with all your senses at this free night for anyone who needs a low sensory experience! At this special night we will be opening the Our Senses exhibit with reduced sound, increased lighting, and a supportive environment for families with sensory integration issues. Learn about the incredible human brain and all the ways our senses (way more than five!) help create our perception of the world.
Sunday, April 289 a.m.–5 p.m.
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is partnering with the Mexican Cultural Center to honor all children on this SCFD Community Free Day. In addition to FREE general admission for all visitors, the celebration will include special performances, music, and activities for the entire family.Parking for Día del Niño: Limited free parking is available at the Museum, therefore alternative transportation is recommended. Additional free parking will be available at East High School, 1600 City Park Esplanade. Free shuttle buses will run throughout the day between the Museum and the high school from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Lyft ridesharing service is offering $5 off the first three rides for new users with the code DMNSNEW.
Discovery Zone Low-Sensory Morning
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 children with disabilities to play with their families. This event is free, but registration is required.
Friday, June 14, 20196:30 p.m.–1 a.m.
Perception is more than a window into the world around us—it’s what makes us human.
Prepare for the unexpected during this magical evening while supporting the Museum's mission. Enjoy a delectable strolling dinner, surprising entertainment, and playful science experiences that will delight your senses—sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell. Cap the evening by dancing the night away with the entire Museum family at the After Dark Soiree.
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
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
Sunday, May 199 a.m.–5 p.m.
Enjoy these special discounts just for you!
*Extra 10% discount does not apply to DVDs, CDs, and books. Special offers are valid in person only and must be used on May 19, 2019.
Friday, June 14, 20199:30 p.m.–1 a.m.
The eye sees only what the mind is able to comprehend. - Robertson Davies
Tickets:$60 Member$75 General Public
DJ - Dancing - Small Bites - Two Drinks
Or become a Young Professional (YP) member of the Museum and attend for free! Get your YP Membership today!Already a YP member? Use your benefits to attend for free. Contact [email protected] or call 303.370.8251
Thursday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m.Friday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m.Saturday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m.
The follow-up to "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" finds young wizard Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) and his friends, Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson), facing new challenges during their second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as they try to discover a dark force that is terrorizing the school.
Thursday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m.Friday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m.Saturday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Harry Potter's (Daniel Radcliffe) third year at Hogwarts starts off badly when he learns deranged killer Sirius Black (Gary Oldman) has escaped from Azkaban prison and is bent on murdering the teenage wizard. While Hermione's (Emma Watson) cat torments Ron's (Rupert Grint) sickly rat, causing a rift among the trio, a swarm of nasty Dementors is sent to protect the school from Black. A mysterious new teacher helps Harry learn to defend himself, but what is his secret tie to Sirius Black?
Thursday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m.Friday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m.Saturday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m.
The fourth movie in the Harry Potter franchise sees Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) returning for his fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, along with his friends, Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson). There is an upcoming tournament between the three major schools of magic, with one participant selected from each school by the Goblet of Fire. When Harry's name is drawn, even though he is not eligible and is a fourth player, he must compete in the dangerous contest.
Thursday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m.Friday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m.Saturday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Now in his fifth year at Hogwarts, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) learns that many in the wizarding community do not know the truth of his encounter with Lord Voldemort. Cornelius Fudge, minister of Magic, appoints his toady, Dolores Umbridge, as Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, for he fears that professor Dumbledore will take his job. But her teaching is deficient and her methods, cruel, so Harry prepares a group of students to defend the school against a rising tide of evil.
Thursday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m.Friday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m.Saturday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m.
As Death Eaters wreak havoc in both Muggle and Wizard worlds, Hogwarts is no longer a safe haven for students. Though Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) suspects there are new dangers lurking within the castle walls, Dumbledore is more intent than ever on preparing the young wizard for the final battle with Voldemort. Meanwhile, teenage hormones run rampant through Hogwarts, presenting a different sort of danger. Love may be in the air, but tragedy looms, and Hogwarts may never be the same again.
Thursday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m.Friday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m.Saturday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Without the guidance and protection of their professors, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) begin a mission to destroy the Horcruxes, the sources of Voldemort's immortality. Though they must rely on one another more than ever, dark forces threaten to tear them apart. Voldemort's Death Eaters have seized control of the Ministry of Magic and Hogwarts, and they are searching for Harry -- even as he and his friends prepare for the ultimate showdown.
Thursday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m.Friday, May 24 at 7:30 p.m.Saturday, May 25 at 7:30 p.m.
A clash between good and evil awaits as young Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) prepare for a final battle against Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes). Harry has grown into a steely lad on a mission to rid the world of evil. The friends must search for the Horcruxes that keep the dastardly wizard immortal. Harry and Voldemort meet at Hogwarts Castle for an epic showdown where the forces of darkness may finally meet their match.
Thursday, May 30 at 7:30 p.m.Friday, May 31 at 7:30 p.m.Saturday, June 1 at 7:30 p.m.
The year is 1926, and Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident, were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt's fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.
Thursday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m.Friday, June 8 at 7:30 p.m.Saturday, June 9 at 7:30 p.m.
In 1927, the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA) is transferring the powerful dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald from their maximum security prison to London to be tried for his crimes in Europe. Grindelwald escapes during the transfer, aided by his follower and MACUSA employee, Abernathy.
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