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Tuesdays & Thursdays, August 11-20
10-11:30 a.m.
Virtual Event
FREE

The Colorado Scientific Society, in collaboration with the Center of the American West, presents Water & Energy in Colorado. This 4-day virtual symposium hosted by the Denver Museum of Nature & Science will focus on the science and cultural issues at the interface between water and energy in Colorado. Moderated by Patty Limerick, water and energy specialists together with insightful commentators on Colorado’s present challenges and future opportunities, will highlight some of the most important issues facing our community today and in the future. Event details and registration are available at centerwest.org.

 

 

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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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Tuesdays, August 11, 18, & 25
6 p.m.
Facebook Live Event
Take a free virtual yoga class with Im'Unique Founder and Executive Director, Tyrone Beverly. Tyrone is Colorado's leading advocate for inclusivity in yoga and has been featured in Yoga Jounal and Wanderlust. Take time for you during this a gentle practice from scenic spaces at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

 

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Tuesday, August 18
7:00 p.m. MT
Virtual Event 
Free

Throughout history, medicine has operated at the intersection of science and society. Healthcare professionals have long held privileged roles as both caregivers and trusted sources of information, propelling civilization forward with breakthroughs like antibiotics, organ transplants, and DNA sequencing. But medical science has also had its dark moments, having been weaponized at times in service of discrimination and eugenics. The ever-evolving pursuit of knowledge has not always aligned cleanly with ethical and moral considerations.

The COVID-19 pandemic has proven to be a stress test on public trust in medicine. If a vaccine were to emerge, how many would willingly take it? Who would receive it first in the event of a scarcity? Would immunization become mandatory in order to return to schools, places of worship, and sporting events? How should health officials, scientists, and policymakers navigate disinformation, uncertainty, and skepticism?

After all, the concept of objective scientific truth is complicated by our own human nature. “Following the science” is easier said than done; our decision-making stems not just from facts and data, but also from our own unique values, experiences, and personal relationships. Our families, religions, and economic livelihoods factor in. Faced with a complex issue, it’s all too easy to believe our own convenient truths and tune out any evidence to the contrary.

Join us on Tuesday, August 18 at 7 p.m. for a live virtual event hosted by Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH, FACP, Director of the Center for Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Colorado. He’ll be joined by a diverse panel of exceptional voices on the subjects of public policy, science education, and human psychology to discuss how we can build trust in pursuit of truth and common ground:

-        Leslie Herod, Colorado State Representative (District 8)

-        Stefanie K. Johnson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Organizational Leadership and Information Analytics at
         CU Boulder’s Leeds School of Business

-        George Sparks, President & CEO of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Viewers will have the opportunity to submit questions in advance to the panelists. This free public webinar is a collaboration of the CU Center for Bioethics and Humanities, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and the Institute for Science & Policy. The session will also be streamed on Facebook Live.

 

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Tuesdays & Thursdays, October 27-November 5

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 all-levels 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.

All sales are final unless the Museum cancels the event.    

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Tuesday, August 18
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. 

  • Star gaze from the Anschutz Family Sky Terrace (weather permitting).
  • Explore your favorite exhibits throughout the Museum.
    • Coors Gems and Minerals Hall
    • Prehistoric Journey
    • Expedition Health
    • Wildlife Halls
    • Egyptian Mummies
    • North American Indian Cultures
    • After the Asteroid: Earth's Comeback Story
    • Museum Gift Shop

The Art of the Brick exhibition, Dogs! A Science Tail exhibition, the Phipps IMAX Theater, the Gates Planetarium, Discovery Zone (construction) and Space Odyssey (construction) will be CLOSED this evening so you can particularly enjoy the Museum’s own unique experiences.

Advance reservations are required and entry is by timed ticket only.

This event is free for those covered on your membership.

An optional pre-purchased dinner served between 6 and 7:30 p.m. is available. Enjoy the Member Open House after your meal.

Menu:
$14 Adult/Senior/Junior
Museum meatloaf with buttermilk gravy
Cheddar mashed potatoes
Corn hash
Cherry cobbler tart

$9 Child (ages 3-10)
Mac and Cheese
Corn dog
Cherry cobbler tarts

$14 Vegetarian option
Zucchini Lasagna with Lemon Ricotta Béchamel
served with side salad and garlic bread 

Reservations for dinner have closed!

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.

We know you have questions about what to expect when you come back to your Museum as your family’s safety is our top priority. Our promise to you is an unwavering commitment to safe spaces for all who visit the Museum. And, when you visit the Museum, you will also play a role in creating a safe place for everyone to enjoy. Accordingly, please click here to review how to prepare for your visit.

 

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Thursday, August 13 • 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
Tickets required
$8 adult member; $6 senior/youth member

See it before it opens to the public!

Dogs! A Science Tail
Have you ever wondered to yourself what your dog is thinking? Dogs! A Science Tail is a fun, interactive glimpse into the world of our canine friends. The exhibition highlights the extraordinary ways dogs see, hear, and smell their surroundings and explores why humans and dogs are best friends.

No walk-up tickets will be available; events subject to selling out. Exhibition entry by timed ticket only due to gallery capacity.

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COVID-19 Health & Safety
We know you have questions about what to expect when you come back to your Museum as your family’s safety is our top priority. Our promise to you is an unwavering commitment to safe spaces for all who visit the Museum – we invite you to learn more here.

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Sunday, August 16
9 a.m.–5 p.m. 

Enjoy these special discounts just for you!

  • 20% off on select items* in the Museum Shops
  • 20% off in the T-Rex Café and Grab & Go
  • 10% off gift memberships
  • 50% off IMAX and Planetarium ticket

*Extra 10% discount does not apply to DVDs, CDs, and books. Special offers are valid in person only and must be used on August 16, 2020.

 

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Wednesday, August 12

5-9 p.m. with timed entry

Free

 

Spend the evening exploring the Museum at this special free, SCFD community evening. Museum admission is free for everyone. Due to lower capacity, we highly recommend reserving your free, timed ticket in advance online at secure1.dmns.org.

 

A separate timed ticket will be required for The Art of the Brick, which is free with Museum admission until Labor Day. A separate purchased timed ticket is required for IMAX along with a timed Museum admission ticket.

 

 

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Friday, January 17–October 30, 2020
Museum open until 9 p.m.

Can't make it to the Museum during the day? Come for an evening visit during Friday Evening Hours! The Museum will be open until 9 p.m. on Fridays until October 30. Admission prices remain the same and, as always, admission is free for our members. Explore the wonder of "The Art of the Brick" and discover the dynamic relationship between dog and man in our newest temporary exhibition "Dogs! A Science Tail", opening August 14. We look forward to kicking off the weekend with you.

Guests are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets in advance online where they will receive a special $1 discount per ticket. Members are encouraged to obtain their free admission ticket online, too.  

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