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Tuesday, August 20
7 p.m.
Phipps  Theater
$12 member, $15 nonmember

 

Leonardo da Vinci’s eclectic interests inspired him to explore technological and scientific potentials that his contemporaries could not imagine. He constantly innovated as he designed imaginative machines and created highly original works of art. Dr. George R. Bent, Sidney Gause Childress Professor of the Arts at Washington and Lee University, examines one of Leonardo’s most important scientific exercises—his detailed study of human anatomy—and connects this work to his truly advanced approach to representing the human form in his paintings. Leonardo’s art, we will see, depended on his scientific discoveries, but his scientific contributions, we will also see, could not have been articulated without his total mastery of art.

 

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Wednesday, August 28
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 in Space will be on Wednesday, September 25

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Thursday, September 5
6 p.m.
Gates Planetarium 
$15 member, $18 nonmember

 

Strap on your space boots for a crash course in constellations and galactic hijinks with a pair of cosmically comical astronomers. It’s part stand-up, part science, part history, and all parts fun. Cash bar opens 30 minutes before show time, so come early and grab a drink. Ages 21+.

 

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Thursday, September 5
8 p.m.
Gates Planetarium 
$15 member, $18 nonmember

 

Strap on your space boots for a crash course in constellations and galactic hijinks with a pair of cosmically comical astronomers. It’s part stand-up, part science, part history, and all parts fun. Cash bar opens 30 minutes before show time, so come early and grab a drink. Ages 21+.

 

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Wednesday, September 11
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.

NZ Wars: The Stories of Ruapekapeka, directors Simon Bennett and Cameron Bennett, created and presented by Mihingarangi Forbes. A beginning and an end. A battle with no victor. A pā built to fend off a superpower - defended, then abandoned. The Battle of Ruapekapeka is a tale of unanswered questions, but 172 years on, what's clear is the importance of the Northern Wars and the impact they still have in Northland today. To help understand that impact, this documentary looks for answers to some of these key questions. (Great Southern Television, in Photo courtesy RNZ/Great Southern Television in association with NZ On Air and Radio New Zealand, 2017, 33 min.). Professor Douglas B. Bamforth, co-editor of the recently published Archaeological Perspectives on Warfare on the Great Plains, will describe the archaeological evidence and implications of North American Indian defensive fortifications including bastions, baffle gates, ditches, and palisades.

Mervyn Tano will lead the audience discussion and Q&A session following the screening and Professor Bamforth’s presentation.

 

          

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Tuesday, September 17
7 p.m.
Ricketson Auditorium
$8 member, $10 nonmember

 

Barrie Gilbert’s fascination with grizzly bears almost killed him—literally. A close encounter with a frightened bear during a research trip in Yellowstone National Park left him clinging to life. Not only did Gilbert recover, he returned to fieldwork, devoting the next several decades to understanding and protecting these often-maligned giants. Drawn from his decades of experience, Barrie’s book One of Us: A Biologist’s Walk Among Bears explodes myths that depict grizzlies as bloodthirsty beasts and reveals the intelligent, adaptable side of these astonishingly social animals.

Book sale and signing to follow.

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Tuesday, September 24
7 p.m.
Ricketson Auditorium
$8 member, $10 nonmember

 

Former Museum director Alfred M. Bailey conducted fieldwork around the world during the mid-20th century. He shared his adventures during a popular film lecture series, making armchair travel possible long before the internet. Bailey’s “Fijian Album” film was made before the first commercial flight to Fiji occurred in 1951. Bailey, once again, captured a culture on film before it became known to the rest of the world. During this screening, image archivist René O’Connell will share how although the original narration was lost, Bailey’s notes and field journals were used to create a new script, read by Dave Baysinger, a friend of Bailey’s and the Museum’s videographer for more than 40 years.

Thanks to our partner Robert David of CinemaLab, who lovingly restored the film, and for his contributions to the writing, editing, and sound design of the final film.

 

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Wednesday, September 25
7 p.m.
Gates Planetarium
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 Main Entrance on the North side of the Museum.

The next 60 Minutes in Space will be on Wednesday, October 30.

 

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Thursday, September 26
7:30 p.m. 
Morgridge Family Exploration Center
$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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Wednesday, October 30
7 p.m.
Ricketson Auditorium
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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

 

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Thursday, November 14
7:30 p.m. 
Morgridge Family Exploration Center
$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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Wednesday, November 27
7 p.m.
Ricketson Auditorium
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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 January 29, 2020

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Wednesday, December 11
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. 

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.

 

          

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Thursday, September 19
6:30–9:30 p.m.
Ages 21+ 
$13 member, $15 nonmember
Cash bar

Explore some of the riskiest activities in the world in the temporary exhibition Extreme Sports: Beyond Human Limits. Find out how the human body responds to mental and physical challenges, and learn about the history of climbing from the Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum.

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Mondays and Wednesdays, September 30 - October 9
6:30–8:30 p.m.
$110 member, $140 nonmember
 

Whether you love spiders or fear them, this class will spin you up in a web of wonder. Dr. Paula Cushing, curator of invertebrate zoology, shares the family ties between spiders and their closest relatives, weaving in facts about their biology, their importance in terrestrial environments, and their ecology and behavior. You will learn how to identify different families of spiders and will become certified to take part in the Colorado Spider Survey, a project for citizen scientists.

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Thursday, August 22
6:30 a.m.- 5 p.m.
$27 member, $35 nonmember
Ages 18+

Of particular interest during the fall is shorebird migration, which takes place a little earlier than songbird migration. “Run the playas” (actually, perennial ponds) of Morgan County, known as fine places to find shorebirds in late summer. Look for a variety of sandpipers, plovers, dowitchers, phalaropes, and stilts, along with a few passerines and raptors. Then drive to Jackson State Park for wild turkey, sparrows and warblers, gulls, great horned owl, and perhaps even a ring-necked pheasant. Five of Colorado’s six swallow species are common here, as well as belted kingfishers and snowy and great egrets. There may be abundant shorebird habitat, depending upon agricultural water needs from the reservoir, which may be full or drawn down to expose extensive mudflats. In years in which this occurs, Jackson Lake can be the best shorebirding site in Colorado.

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, September 12
6 a.m.- 5 p.m.
$40 member, $55 nonmember
Ages 18+

Chico Basin Ranch, a working ranch southwest of Colorado Springs, has become famous among Colorado birders as a superb birding locale for spring and fall migration. The Bird Conservancy of the Rockies operates a banding station at the ranch, which provides a fine opportunity to see birds in the hand. Our outing will include birding the arid uplands, where Curve-billed and Sage thrashers patrol the cholla groves, Canyon Towhees scuttle about and Loggerhead shrikes watch for prey from high perches. In the wooded areas, migrant warblers, vireos, flycatchers and kinglets abound, and Ladder-backed woodpeckers work the dead cottonwoods. It is possible to see over a hundred species of birds in a day at the ranch. Admission into Chico Basin Ranch is included

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. Ages 18+

 

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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!

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Sunday, May 5, 2019
Saturday, June 8, 2019
Sunday, July 7, 2019
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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Tuesday, August 6
7 p.m.
Join us for an exclusive members-only showing of Apollo 11: First Steps Edition, a new IMAX 2D film commemorating the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing.

Phipps IMAX Theater

Tickets required: $7 adult member, $6 senior member, $6 child/junior member (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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Tuesday, August 27
6-9 p.m.

As a new member of the Museum, you are invited to join us for this exclusive members-only event! The entire Museum will be open for you except for Phipps IMAX Theater.

  • Explore behind the scenes in our Anthropology collections.
  • Visit with our scientists and researchers.
  • See Mr. Bones, the walking dinosaur.
  • Stroll through our award-winning exhibitions.
  • 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!
This event is free for those covered on your membership.

An optional prepurchased dinner** is available for $14 adult, senior, junior (ages 13-18); $9 child (ages 3-12). Dinner reservations are due Tuesday, August 13.

Menu: 
Garden Greens Salad
Carrots, radish, cucumber, onion, roasted shallot vinaigrette and ranch dressing
(NF, GF, Vegetarian, DF, SF)

Green beans
(Vegetarian, GF, NF, SF)

Rice pilaf
(NF, Vegetarian, SF)

Lemon rosemary chicken 
(SF, NF)

House made brownie
(NF, Vegetarian)

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.

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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.

 

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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.

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.

Menu:
Invigorating Kale Salad
Roasted Chicken
Whole Grain Pilaf
Seasonal Vegetables
Brownie

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.

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Wednesday, September 25 • 6–9 p.m.
$50 member, $60 nonmember
In addition to an adults-only evening in Extreme Sports: Beyond Human Limits, enjoy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar followed by dinner. 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.

Menu:
1st course - Cauliflower Almond Salad with Yogurt Dressing
2nd course - Seared Ahi Tuna with Soba Noodles & Steamed Asian Green Vegetables
Dessert - Double Lemon Tart, Lemon Confit, Honey Ginger Ice Cream

Vegetarian option (call Guest Services at 303.370.6306 to request - cannot be requested online): Mushroom crepes

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.

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