NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN CULTURES HALL WILL BE CLOSED FOR MAINTENANCE UNTIL NOVEMBER 15, 2019
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Barn swallows are one of the most widely distributed vertebrates on Earth. With six different subspecies, these birds provide an exciting opportunity to study environmental adaptation, including the built environment of our own species. Dr. Rebecca Safran, associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado, will share insights from her group’s work on barn swallows along the Front Range and around the world. These investigations show how behaviors related to migratory and mate selection shape population boundaries, leading to more understanding of the origin and breakdown of biodiversity. Presented in partnership with Bird Conservancy of the Rockies with promotional support from Denver Audubon and Audubon Rockies.
Please enter using the evening entrance on the West side of the Museum.
All sales are final unless the Museum cancels the program
Enjoy a unique concert and theater experience inside beautiful Botswana Hall! The evening will begin with a classical music concert of a piece by 18th-century composer Chevalier de Saint-Georges, a gifted virtuoso of African descent. Chevalier’s story and music will be accompanied by a special performance by Stephen Brackett of the Flobots. During intermission, explore wildlife halls and see African zoology specimens and cultural artifacts from the Museum’s collections.
The second part of the evening will feature a reading of a new unproduced stage musical by Brenton Weyi, an inaugural fellow in the Denver Center Playwrights’ Group. Along with a full cast and musical ensemble, Weyi will present Act I of My Country, My Country, based on the true story of Congolese independence. Weyi is also a TEDx organizer, storytelling Grandslam champion, and first-generation citizen. In partnership with Groupmuse, this “Massivemuse” event will explore how both human and natural history are constantly reshaped.
Cash Bar Available
Guests will be seated on the floor for this experience. Seating will be provided for those with accessibility needs.
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Wednesday, October 307 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 on Wednesday, November 27
Most of us crave new experiences and sensations. Whether it’s our attraction to that new burger place or the latest gadget, newness tugs at us. But what about those who can’t seem to get enough? They jump out of planes, climb skyscrapers, and eat anything. They don’t have a death wish but seemingly a need for an adrenaline rush, no matter what. Join Dr. Ken Carter, author of the new book Buzz! Inside the Minds of Thrill-Seekers, Daredevils, and Adrenaline Junkies, as he explores the lifestyle, psychology, and neuroscience behind the high sensation–seeking personality. Carter is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Psychology at Oxford College of Emory University.
Please enter using the evening entrance on the west side of the Museum.
Book sale and signing to follow.
Government-supported wolf eradication programs began in the United States as early as 1630 because the animals existence conflicted with the agricultural interests of an expanding nation. These efforts continued for years, until both gray and red wolves were nearly exterminated. Mike Phillips, director of the Turner Endangered Species Fund, led both the Red Wolf Recovery Program and the project to return gray wolves to the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem. Phillips will examine the past, present, and future of wolf recovery, particularly in western Colorado, which has become the keystone for these effort
Get animated for an adults-only night to celebrate the science and technology behind
some of your favorite Pixar films. Dress up as your favorite Pixar character and play
with 50 interactive elements in the temporary exhibition The Science Behind Pixar. A
live band will cover classic tunes from Disney and Pixar. Ticket includes one drink and
appetizers. Costumes encouraged.
All sales are final unless the Museum cancels the event
Dive into the remarkable world of sea turtles during this special screening of Turtle Odyssey 3D. Follow Bunji the green sea turtle from a hatchling into adulthood as she swims thousands of miles, meets incredible creatures, and has some wild encounters. After the film, Chris Pague, Senior Conservation Ecologist for The Nature Conservancy (TNC), will discuss turtle ecology and TNC’s wildlife conservation efforts in Colorado. Coffee and dessert follow. Presented in partnership with TNC of Colorado.
Please enter using the main entrance on the North side of the Museum.
All sales are final unless the Museum cancels the event.
Wednesday, November 277 p.m.Ricketson AuditoriumFree
The next 60 Minutes will be on January 29, 2020
Wednesday, December 116:30 - 8:30 p.m.Phipps TheaterFREE
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.
The Fighting Cholitas, from director Mariam Jobrani, profiles the Cholitas that perform Lucha Libre in Bolivia. These bold, female wrestlers push the limits of their culture by performing the acrobatic maneuvers of Lucha Libre every Sunday in the traditional long skirts that characterize the cholitas. (Moto Films, LLC, 2006, 21 min.)
4 Wheel War Pony. In this experimental film, skateboarder-turned-filmmaker Dustinn Craig shows us the world of White Mountain Apache skateboarders, and how the Apache culture of young men manifests itself within skateboard culture, resulting in a distinct blend of two cultures indigenous to the Americas. (White Springs Creative, 2008, 10 min.).
VANS Pass The Bucket Jeff Ament episode, Director Lukas Korver. Jeff Ament, bassist and co-founder of Pearl Jam, is paying it back.as activist, philanthropist, and skate park builder. From his humble beginnings in rural Montana, Jeff witnessed the tranquility of rural life and difficulties of growing up in extremely isolated areas. Remembering his roots and the self-confidence that skateboarding can inspire, Jeff is helping build an epic skate park on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. (An Über Content Production, 8 min.).
Skate Or Die REDBulletin. Director Danny Lee. A profile of the Stronghold Society’s Live Life Movement, focusing on the skate park built on the Pine Ridge Reservation and its impact on Lakota youth. (2012, 10 min.).
Skateboarding In Pine Ridge, directed by Greg Hunt chronicles the skate park build at Pine Ridge, SD. Pine Ridge is largely reported in the media as an impoverished community with a drug and alcohol epidemic and teen suicide rates seven to ten times greater than the national average. When the Levi’s team visited the reservation, they saw a community transformed, a generation inspired, a group of people championing each other through their collective actions. (Levi’s Skateboarding, 17 min.).
Walt Pourier, Stronghold Society, will lead an audience discussion and Q&A following the films.
Saturday, November 25:00 - 10:00 p.m.FREE
Help us kick off Denver Arts Week with Night at the Museums! The Denver Museum of Nature & Science and many other museums will be open for free on this special evening.
In addition, there will be special activities:
Colorado creatives will turn the animal dioramas in the wildlife halls on their heads through activations that transform these already beautiful installations.
Don't miss performances by:
Animal Poetry Slam
CU Experiential Design Collaborative
Don’t Look Down
Katy Williams Design
*requires a fee
Thursday, October 176:30–9:30 p.m.Ages 21+ $13 member, $15 nonmemberCash bar
Vampires, bats, and parasites galore! Beware of all things that bite during this night dedicated to creatures who feast on blood and beasts alike. Costumes encouraged.
Thursday, November 216:30–9:30 p.m.Ages 21+ $13 member, $15 nonmemberCash bar
Are we alone? The search is on for the Goldilocks planets, where conditions are not too cold and not too hot but just right to sustain life. Create an alien and explore the night sky through telescopes.
Mondays and Wednesdays, October 28 - November 66:30–8:30 p.m.$110 member, $140 nonmember
Why is our state graced with 14,000-foot peaks and the headwaters of so many rivers? What processes formed the high plains? Join geologist Dr. Bob Raynolds to dig into dynamic landscapes of Colorado and learn there are no random ridges, no mysterious valleys. Earth has a logical history, and here in Colorado we stand on the shoulders of many as we evaluate the texture of our terrain. The discussion will provide participants with the scientific insights and explanations for our splendid scenery.
Mondays and Wednesdays, November 11-206:30–9:30 p.m.$110 member, $140 nonmember
Rancho La Brea is one of the most unique and well-known paleontological sites in the world. Famous for its dire wolves, saber-toothed cats, bison, camels, and horses, the Pleistocene fauna preserved there have provided insights into animals and unique life-forms living and dying in an environment of heat, methane gas, and “tar.” Dr. Sue Ware, a Museum instructor who also has 18 years of experience as a researcher at Rancho La Brea, will explore the faunal history, miraculous preservation, and geology of this iconic site. Find out about the past, present, and future of the scientific research at La Brea, and some of the worldwide cadre of scientists associated with this site. The class will be lectures combined with a virtual and tactile lab experience
Thursday, October 177 a.m.- 5 p.m.$27 member, $35 nonmemberAges 18+
Barr Lake State Park has a wealth of birdlife at any season. With great habitat variety, Barr Lake is a good place to see birds of widely varying families. In the prairies are Western meadowlarks, Ring-necked pheasant and Northern Harrier cruising for small mammals. The riparian vegetation and cottonwood galleries around the lake host dozens of species of migrating warblers, vireos and flycatchers, while the lake itself is at times covered with waterfowl. If water levels have been drawn down for agricultural purposes, exposed mudflats can attract numerous species of shorebirds. Several species of gulls are present through the winter. Ducks, coots, grebes, cormorants and loons dot the lake surface.
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, November 147 a.m.- 5 p.m.$27 member, $35 nonmemberAges 18+
As autumn winds down and hints of winter begin to appear across the landscape, the lakes and ponds of Boulder and nearby western Weld County become irresistible destinations for returning waterfowl, raptors and wintering songbirds. As we visit a variety of destinations and habitats, we should see a good mix of ducks, geese, grebes, cormorants and loons. A walk around the Walden/Sawhill Ponds complex can produce wintering sparrows, great horned owl, belted kingfisher, several species of woodpeckers, chickadees and the two Colorado wintering shorebirds, killdeer and Wilson’s snipe. Nearby Union Reservoir is bordered by marshes with blackbirds and prairies with meadowlarks and perhaps a horned lark or two. The reservoir typically abounds with western, pied-billed, horned and eared grebes, and usually common loons with possible Pacific or red-throated loons appearing on occasion. This region has some of the best late fall birding in Colorado!
Saturday, November 99 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!
Saturday, November 99 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!
Fall Break and Winter Break Camps9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.Grades K–1, Grades 2–3, & Grades 4–5
At the Museum, your child will spend school breaks experiencing fun and wonder, IMAX films and planetarium shows, and marvels of our exhibition.School Break Camps are offered weekly November 25–27 and daily December 23, 26, 27, 30, January 2, and 3.
Teens take over the Museum at this totally free, uniquely teen night. Check out frightening creatures, both dead and alive, fun activities, and freaky food. Costumes welcomed! Spots limited, reservations recommended.
Monday, November 257 p.m.–9:30 p.m.Grades 6–12Free
This Thanksgiving break, take a night away from the family and head to the Museum for a free movie! Teens choose the movie by voting during the HallowTeen event in October.
Teen Movie Night is a free choice event for teens, ages 13-18 and in High School. Teens must bring and carry with them a photo ID (school ID works well) during the program and list an emergency contact upon registration.
Teens may arrive and depart on their own at any time during the event. We rely on teens and their parents/guardians to plan for transportation to and from the Museum. Parents, guardians and/or chaperones are welcome to stay in the café during the event.
This program is presented with the support of:
If you received a print at home ticket with your order, please print it out and bring it with you.
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science exists to be a catalyst and ignite our community’s passion for nature and science. In order to fulfill our mission and live out our values, we strive to provide a safe place for everyone to follow their curiosity and desire for discovery. We ask that all teens respect each other and the Museum as they enjoy the night. The Museum reserves the right to refuse service to, or revoke access to anyone we determine is threatening this safe, inclusive environment.
Friday-Saturday, October 25-266 p.m.–10 a.m.Grades K–8 with adult$65 adult member, $80 adult nonmember, $55 youth member, $70 youth nonmember
Spend a memorable night experiencing the magic of the Museum with your whole family! Check out the spooky science all around us and learn about the things that go BUMP in the night. Get all dressed up to go trick or treating in the Museum before finding your “resting place” in our world-famous diorama halls. If you make it through, enjoy a hot breakfast the next morning before heading home! Tickets for child and accompanying adult must be purchased together.
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.
Thursday, October 10 • 9 a.m.–9 p.m.Tickets required for all events: $9 adult, $7 senior/juniorSee it before it opens to the public!
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!
No walk-up tickets will be available; events subject to selling out. Exhibition entry by timed ticket due to gallery capacity. Only the 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.
Wednesday, October 23 • 6–9 p.m.Tickets required for all events: $9 adult, $7 senior/juniorAn optional prepurchased dinner is available for an additional charge: $14 adult, junior, senior member; $9 child. Reservations are required.
Menu:Gideon’s chicken (mushrooms, carrots, and a white wine sauce) Ratatouille Linguine Alfredo Green beans (garlic roasted with crispy onions)Monster cupcakesBread 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.
Tuesday, November 5 • 6–9 p.m.$50 member, $60 nonmemberIn addition to an adults-only evening in The Science Behind Pixar, enjoy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar followed by dinner. Reservations are required.
1st - Vegetable and white bean soup
Entree - Halibut with crushed purple potatoes and with carrots & green beans
Dessert - Popcorn pannacotta with salt caramel sauce
Vegetarian or other dietary restriction? Please call Guest Services at 303.370.6306 to make your reservation - cannot be made online):
Thursday, September 12 • 9 a.m.–9 p.m.See it before it opens to the public! Reservations are required.
Extreme Sports: Beyond Human Limits
Take an action-packed ride through the world of extreme sports! You and your friends and family will be put to the test as you jump, fly, dive, climb, and explore some of the riskiest activities in the world. Physical, multimedia, and creative challenges place you inside the minds and bodies of extreme athletes and their passions, such as wingsuit flying, ice and rock climbing, parkour, and free diving. Amid exhilarating speeds, breathtaking heights, and profound depths, the stories of these passionate athletes will leave you inspired to push yourself to your own personal limit.
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, September 17 • 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:Invigorating Kale SaladRoasted Chicken Whole Grain PilafSeasonal VegetablesBrownie
Tuesday, October 225:30–9 p.m.
Why You Can’t Miss This Year’s #ScienceOnTap• Experiment and explore at five unique Science Stations that celebrate STEAM – science, technology, engineering, arts, and math• Watch us BLOW SOME STEAM at the Explosion Demonstration Station!• Enjoy our irresistible signature cocktail in a custom beaker*• Experience dessert served on a superconductor.• Chow down at local food trucks onsite.*• Steam up the dance floor at the Eureka! Silent Disco.• Make a difference in our community knowing that each Science on Tap ticket purchase allows 5 kids to enjoy the Museum for free. *Sold separately
November 1, 2 & 39 a.m.–5 p.m.
Kick-start your holiday shopping with us and enjoy special rewards all weekend long!
*Extra discount does not apply to DVDs, CDs, books, or the Pixar exhibition shop. Special rewards are valid in person only and must be used November 1, 2, or 3.
Monday, October 14
Western Interior Paleontological SocietyInvestigate fascinating fossils! Plus, enjoy a special fossil bingo game for kids. Level 1, Southeast Atrium, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Dinosaur RidgeSift through sand to find fossils, and color a dinosaur mask to take home. Level 1, Southeast Atrium, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Minerals Education CoalitionExplore the importance of mining and minerals in your everyday life. Level 1, Southeast Atrium, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
National Park ServiceMove your body to explore how fossils form, and learn how dinosaurs get their names.Level 1, Southeast Atrium, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Earth Sciences and PaleontologyCheck out some of the amazing fossil and rock collections from the Museum’s fieldwork in the Grand Canyon.Level 1, Southeast Atrium, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Uncover Fossils with Museum EducatorsBecome a paleontologist and uncover clues from the past to imagine what it was like when Colorado’s state dinosaur, Stegosaurus, roamed the land.Level 1, near Morgridge Family Exploration Center, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Rocky Mountain PBSGet a sneak peak of the brand-new PBS Kids show Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum. Level 1, Ricketson Auditorium, 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.
Scavenger HuntPick up a scavenger hunt and explore the Museum’s world famous wildlife dioramas!Level 2, Bridge, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Mr. BonesCheck out paleopuppeteer “Mr. Bones” and his life-size dinosaur puppets.Throughout the Museum, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
NOTE: PROGRAMMING SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Día Gratuito Comunitario de SCFD Lunes, 14 de octubre, 2019
Western Interior Paleontological Society¡Investiga fascinantes fósiles! Además, habrá un bingo de fósiles especial para niños. 1er piso, atrio del sudeste, de 10 a. m. a 4 p. m.
Dinosaur RidgeExaminen cuidadosamente la arena para encontrar fósiles y coloreen máscaras de dinosaurios para llevar a casa.1.er piso, atrio del sudeste, de 10 a. m. a 4 p. m.
Minerals Education Coalition (Coalición de Educación sobre Minerales)Descubre la importancia de la minería y de los minerales en la vida cotidiana. 1er piso, atrio del sudeste, de 10 a. m. a 4 p. m.
Servicio del Parque NacionalMueve el cuerpo para descubrir cómo se forman los fósiles y descubre de dónde vienen el nombre de los dinosaurios.1er piso, cerca de las salas de clases Familia Morgridge, de 10 a. m. a 4 p. m.
Ciencias de la tierra y paleontologíaExaminen algunas de las extraordinarias colecciones de fósiles y rocas del trabajo de campo en el Gran Cañón.1.er piso, atrio del sudeste, de 9 a. m. a 4 p. m.
Descubrir fósiles con educadores del MuseoConviértanse en paleontólogos y descubran pistas del pasado para imaginar cómo era la época cuando el dinosaurio del estado de Colorado, el estegosaurio, andaba por estas tierras.1.er piso, próximo a la sala de clases Familia Morgridge, de 10 a. m. a 4 p. m.
Rocky Mountain PBSMiren un adelanto de nuevo programa para niños de PBS Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum.1er piso, auditorio Ricketson, de 10 a. m. a 3 p. m.
Búsqueda del tesoroEscoge una guía de búsqueda del tesoro para explorar los famosos dioramas de animales salvajes del museo.Piso 2, puente, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Sr. BonesNo te pierdas al paleotitiritero «Sr. Bones» y a sus dinosaurio-títeres de tamaño natural.Por todo el museo, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
IMPORTANTE: PROGRAMAS SUJETOS A CAMBIOS
The 42nd Denver Film Festival is thrilled to host a special program on Sunday, November 3 featuring Denver's own DeVotchKa live scoring the classic experimental 1929 Soviet silent documentary film, MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA.
Offering a slice of Soviet life in 1929, Dziga Vertov’s silent documentary, MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA is considered a masterpiece of early cinema for its technical experimentation. It’s at once a chronicle of daily activity in Moscow, Odessa, and Kiev and a study in avant-garde filmmaking itself, gleefully employing jump cuts, freeze frames, split screens, tracking shots, and many other devices that pushed the boundaries of the medium at the time.
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