Events and Activities

Wednesday, Sep. 28 
7 p.m.
Ricketson Auditorium
FREE
No reservations required. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Explore breaking space news with space scientists and hear the latest updates on missions exploring the solar system, rocket launches, cutting edge astronomy, and more.
Please use the West Evening Entrance of the Museum. 

 

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VIRTUAL EVENT
Wednesday, Sep. 28
7 p.m.
Virtual Event
FREE
Explore breaking space news with space scientists and hear the latest updates on missions exploring the solar system, rocket launches, cutting edge astronomy, and more.

 

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Friday, Sept. 30
7 p.m.
Gates Planetarium
$20 member, $25 nonmember
 
Space and astronomy have fascinated humans for centuries, but one of the distinguishing characteristics of the 20th century was humanity’s journey into that great unknown made possible by NASA’s space program and others like it across the globe. Our desire to know more about the universe and our place within it touches all aspects of our culture, from music and movies to pop-culture and beyond.
In this fully immersive concert performance, Playground Ensemble closely collaborates with uniquely trained video artists and audio engineers to explore how space exploration and discovery has influenced today’s contemporary classical composers. The program includes pieces by George Crumb and Annie Gosfield, as well as three new compositions by Colorado-based composers Conrad Kehn (in collaboration with film maker Nicole Esquibel), Nathan Hall and Monica Bolles. Visualizations of space on the Gates Planetarium dome provide the backdrop for this inspired event.
Presented in partnership with Playground Ensemble. 
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Friday, Sept. 30
9 p.m.
Gates Planetarium
$20 member, $25 nonmember
 
Space and astronomy have fascinated humans for centuries, but one of the distinguishing characteristics of the 20th century was humanity’s journey into that great unknown made possible by NASA’s space program and others like it across the globe. Our desire to know more about the universe and our place within it touches all aspects of our culture, from music and movies to pop-culture and beyond.
In this fully immersive concert performance, Playground Ensemble closely collaborates with uniquely trained video artists and audio engineers to explore how space exploration and discovery has influenced today’s contemporary classical composers. The program includes pieces by George Crumb and Annie Gosfield, as well as three new compositions by Colorado-based composers Conrad Kehn (in collaboration with film maker Nicole Esquibel), Nathan Hall and Monica Bolles. Visualizations of space on the Gates Planetarium dome provide the backdrop for this inspired event.
Presented in partnership with Playground Ensemble. 
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Digital Moon 6:30 P.M.

Registration opens soon!

Tuesday, Nov. 1 
6:30
Gates Planetarium 
$12 member, $15 nonmember

 

Take a trip to the moon with Carter Emmart, director of astrovisualization at the American Museum of Natural History, and Ka Chun Yu, curator of space science, and celebrate the incredible history of the Apollo missions. Using the full dome of Gates Planetarium visit the sites where lunar landers have touched down. Look back through the history of lunar missions and look forward to missions to come.

 

Image Credit: NASA

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Digital Moon 6:30 P.M.

Registration opens soon!

Tuesday, Nov. 1 
8:30
Gates Planetarium 
$12 member, $15 nonmember

 

Take a trip to the moon with Carter Emmart, director of astrovisualization at the American Museum of Natural History, and Ka Chun Yu, curator of space science, and celebrate the incredible history of the Apollo missions. Using the full dome of Gates Planetarium visit the sites where lunar landers have touched down. Look back through the history of lunar missions and look forward to missions to come.

 

Image Credit: NASA

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Wednesday, Oct. 26
7 p.m.
Ricketson Auditorium
FREE
No reservations required. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Explore breaking space news with space scientists and hear the latest updates on missions exploring the solar system, rocket launches, cutting edge astronomy, and more.
Please use the West Evening Entrance of the Museum. 

 

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Wednesday, Nov. 30
7 p.m.
Ricketson Auditorium
FREE
No reservations required. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Explore breaking space news with space scientists and hear the latest updates on missions exploring the solar system, rocket launches, cutting edge astronomy, and more. Dr. Graham Lau, Blue Marble Space Institute, will be the guest presenter.
Please use the West Evening Entrance of the Museum. 

 

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Wednesday, Oct. 12

7:00 p.m.

Free 
 
Please join us for a virtual program featuring short films and artwork by Alan Syliboy (Mi’kmaq). The program will begin with two short animations: “Little Thunder,” a traditional Mi’kmaq story, and “Wolverine and Little Thunder: An Eel Fishing Adventure,” a modern tale. Following the films, Syliboy will share images of some of his artwork and lead a live discussion. Syliboy will share his stories about becoming an artist, his use of ancient petroglyph designs to reclaim and transmit Mi’kmaq culture and other themes related to his creative work. He'll also address the role of elder artists in teaching and inspiring the next generation. His stories are a vivid example of the importance of memory and of place.

The program is presented as part of the 19th Annual Indigenous Film & Arts Festival in partnership with the International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management.

       

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Satisfy your science curiosity in a safe environment during our SCFD Free Days and Free Nights. Explore exhibitions, catch a Planetarium show or see a special performance or activity.

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Bones, Bats, Boo! Family Overnight (Grade K-8 with adult)

Saturday-Sunday
October 29 - 30, 2022
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.
 
Spend an enchanting night experiencing the magic of the Museum with your whole family! Wear your costumes while participating in Halloween hands-on science, crafts and more. See a spectacular dry ice demonstration and a show in Gates Planetarium. After a night of fun, sleep among the animals in our world-famous diorama halls. Ticket includes a pizza and salad dinner, evening snack and hot breakfast the next morning. It will be a ghostly good time for little monsters!
 
Registration closes at 5 p.m. on Oct. 28.
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Museum open until 9 on most Fridays

Can't make it to the Museum during the day? Come for an evening visit during Friday Evening Hours! The Museum is open until 9 p.m. on Fridays and admission prices remain the same. As always, admission is free for our members. We look forward to kicking off the weekend with you.

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OUT! At the Museum

Sunday, October 9

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Museum Admission is free on this day. 

Join us for SCFD Free Day “OUT! AT the Museum” on Sunday, October 9 for a fun and welcoming atmosphere with LGBTQ partners. In addition to FREE admission to the Museum, this event will include performances and activities for the whole family. 

Out Boulder County will help you make your own rainbow galaxy slime! We’ll be using simple household ingredients to create colorful glitter slime for you to take home. 

The Mile High Freedom Bands will feature small ensembles on stage. Visit their table where you can get more information about performances and how to join the organization! 

Joy as Resistance will be making pronouns and identity beaded bracelets. Visit their table, find the letter beads that match your pronouns and/or identity and/or mood of the day, pick out accent beads and create a bracelet that's all about YOU! 

The Scientific & Cultural Facilities District is a voter-approved special district in the seven-county metro area that provides a stable source of supplemental funding to more than 300 scientific and cultural organizations inside the district's boundaries. The SCFD collects a one-tenth of 1 percent sales-and-use tax (or one penny on every $10 spent), providing approximately $40 million each year to area cultural attractions both small and large. 

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