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Wednesday, April 22
7 p.m. 
Phipps Theater
$12 member, $15 nonmember

 

Celebrate Earth Day’s 50th anniversary with an evening of insightful conversation focused on innovation, technology, policy, and effective communication strategies to address climate change. Join Mike Nelson, Denver7 chief meteorologist, for a moderated panel discussion and an audience Q&A with Dr. Paul Denholm, principal analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Alice Jackson, president of Xcel Energy Colorado; and Dr. Dione Rossiter, Executive Director of the University of California Berkeley’s Science at Cal program.

 

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Thursday, October 8
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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Wednesday, April 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 Evening Entrance on the WEST side of the Museum.

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Wednesday, Aprili 29
7 p.m. 
Phipps Theater
$12 Museum, Bird Conservancy, or Audubon member, $15 nonmember

 

Last year, the headlines that 3 billion birds have disappeared from North America since 1970 shocked the world and captured our attention. The source of the news was “Decline of the North American Avifauna,” published in the journal Science by author Ken Rosenberg of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and his team of coauthors, including local avian conservation scientist, Arvind Panjabi, from Bird Conservancy of the Rockies. This groundbreaking research combined population sizes and trends for 520 species of birds, with much of the data coming from Bird Conservancy’s Avian Conservation Assessment Database. Arvind will share how the study was conducted, where the greatest certainties and uncertainties lie, and what it means for birds in Colorado and across North America. He’ll also share ways we can all can help reverse bird population declines including simple steps we can take in our daily lives and backyards.

 

This program is presented in partnership with Bird Conservancy of the Rockies with promotional support from Audubon Society of Greater Denver and Audubon Rockies.

 

    

 

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Tuesday, May 12
7 p.m.
Ricketson Auditorium 
$8 member, $10 nonmember

 

See Hawaii and its natural splendor through the eyes of Dr. Alfred M. Bailey, who was director of the Museum during the mid-20th century. Bailey conducted fieldwork around the world, documenting it through journals, photographs, and moving images. In 1961, Bailey presented Hawaiian Album to an enthusiastic audience during his popular Film Lecture Series. In those days, he spoke live to the audience with the silent film projected on the screen. Today, the Image Archives Department has re-created the moment with the help of Cinema Lab by taking Bailey’s film and audio to produce a digital motion picture. The film covers Bailey’s travels through the Hawaiian chain, with a particular focus on birds. This special premiere will be hosted by René O’Connell, Museum image archivist, and Robert David of Cinema Lab, as they discuss film preservation and the digitization process.

 

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Wednesday, May 13
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Phipps Theater

FREE

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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Wednesday, May 27
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 Evening Entrance on the WEST side of the Museum.

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Tuesday, June 2
6 p.m.
Gates Planetarium 
$12 member, $15 nonmember

Step into Escher’s Universe, a full-dome film based on the life and work of the multifaceted Maurits Cornelis Escher. Escher 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 his 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. 

 

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Tuesday, June 2
8 p.m.
Gates Planetarium 
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Step into Escher’s Universe, a full-dome film based on the life and work of the multifaceted Maurits Cornelis Escher. Escher 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 his 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. 

 

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Tuesdays, April 28 - May 12
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Field Trip: Saturday, May 9
$110 member, $140 nonmember 
Ages 18+

 

Do you enjoy watching and listening to birds in your yard or local park? Would you like to document these experiences with photographs? This course—presented by Bob Dean, a local nature, wildlife, and travel photographer—will go a long way toward achieving this goal. These sessions will cover the basics of nature and bird photography. You don’t need ultralong lenses to enjoy bird photography; just bring the camera equipment you have and learn how to get the most from it. 

 

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Mondays and Wednesdays, May 4-13
6 - 9 p.m.
$255 member, $225 nonmember 

 

Beetles comprise the largest group of animals on Earth, and new species are discovered on a daily basis. Marjorie Leggitt, an award-winning science artist, will guide you through the process of illustrating an anatomically accurate, textural beetle in vivid color. You choose the medium, watercolor or colored pencil. This alllevels workshop begins with an overview by Dr. Frank Krell, curator of entomology. Learn about the fascinating order of Coleoptera, a beetle’s anatomy and lifecycle, and the diverse roles of beetles as tormentor or benefactor. Select a beetle to illustrate from the Museum’s vast teaching collection. Follow Leggitt as she defines the steps to producing an accurate pencil drawing and shows you how to mimic texture intricacy and develop color luminescence. You’ll end up with a beautiful beetle portrait to take home and frame. During the first session, materials will be provided by the Museum and additional materials for students to bring will be discussed.

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Wednesday and Friday May 13, 15
6:30 - 9 p.m.
Field Trip Saturday, May 16 
7  - 11 a.m. 
$140 member, $110 nonmember 

 

Have you ever tried to identify the birds in your backyard or been curious about the popular hobby of bird watching? Let birding expert Norm Lewis help you get started with all the basics. Learn about birding optics, field guides, clothing and gear, basic bird families, and field identification techniques. Then venture into the field to test your new skills and start your very own life list. Includes a copy of National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America.

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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, April 23
7 a.m.- 5 p.m.
$27 member, $35 nonmember
Ages 18+

Now that construction for various improvements is complete at Chatfield, we can once again spend the day at this terrific birding locality, squeezing in as many great habitats as possible. The lake itself hosts hundreds of ducks, grebes, and other waterfowl. The deltas of Plum Creek and the South Platte River are famous for shorebirds, and American pipits are often seen working the shorelines. The prairies have raptors, the marshes have blackbirds, rails, and marsh wrens, and the woodlands have … who knows? There could be almost anything!

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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Thursday, May 21
7 a.m.- 5 p.m.
$27 member, $35 nonmember
Ages 18+

By mid-May, the songbird migration is well underway. Eastern Colorado is home to a number of “migrant traps,” oases in the high-prairie desert, usually a pond or lake surrounded by woodland. Migrating songbirds flying across the endless prairie see these hospitable-looking sites and are attracted to them like tourists to a Holiday Inn in the wasteland! Warblers, flycatchers, orioles, vireos, thrushes, and more have one thing on their minds: eating and drinking as much as they can hold to continue their migration to the nesting grounds. We will search for all of these and more.

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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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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Thursday, April 30
6 p.m. - 9 p.m. 
Grades K–8 with adult
$20 adult member, $25 adult nonmember, $15 youth member, $20 youth nonmember

Bring the whole family for a night of fossil themed fun! Start with dinner and then dive into some dinosaur crafts. Watch the IMAX film Dinosaurs of Antarctica. Families can get artistic with the Art Station: Recovery program! Draw a picture inspired by the recent fossil discovery at Corral Bluffs near Colorado Springs. See fossils from the Museum collections and enjoy a special story time in the Prehistoric Journey exhibition. 

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Join us for SCFD Community Free Day or stop by for a Free Night! Museum admission is free for everyone.

  • Monday, January 6
  • Sunday, January 26
  • Monday, February 10 (Darwin Day)
  • Sunday, February 23
  • Sunday, April 26 (Día del Niño)
  • Sunday, May 31
  • Wednesday, July 1 (Free Night- Admission free from 5 p.m.-10 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, August 12 (Free Night- Admission free from 5 p.m.-10 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 2 (Free Night- Admission free from 5 p.m.-10 p.m.)
  • Monday, September 21
  • Sunday, October 11
  • Sunday, December 6

Enjoy your favorite parts of the Museum with special activities on:

Monday, February 10- Darwin Day

Sunday, February 23- Health Sciences

Sunday, April 26- Día del Niño

Sunday, May 31- Nature

Sunday, October 11- Out at the Museum

Sunday, December 6- Museum's 120th Birthday

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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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