Events and Activities

VIRTUAL EVENT
Tuesday, Jan. 18
8-8:30 p.m.
Virtual Event
$5 Museum or Buntport members, $10 nonmembers

The Greater Debate: Guitars Edition pits non-experts against one another in a hilarious debate. Tune in for a head-to-head, toe-to-toe, not-so-scientific debate to determine which is greater, the stratosphere or Stratocasters. Want to do your own research? Preview the exhibition, “Guitar: The Instrument that Rocked the World” ahead of time and get ready to cheer on your side. Grab your favorite beverage and Zoom in to this virtual event! Presented in partnership with Buntport Theater.

Proceeds will be split between the Museum and Buntport Theater.

 

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VIRTUAL EVENT

Wednesday, Dec. 8

7 p.m.

Virtual Event 

Free

Watch the film before the event. “From Earth to Sky ” will be available to stream Dec. 6-9. The streaming link will be shared starting Dec. 5.

Join us for a discussion of “From Earth to Sky.” “From Earth to Sky” (Director Ron Chapman) presents the works of seven Indigenous architects from North America. While each has their own unique style, they share similar philosophies and approaches to culturally responsive architecture and sustainable design – consulting with communities to design and construct buildings and landscapes that embrace the culture and traditions of their clients, their connections to the land, imbued with a sense of their history and their visions for the future. “To me, the real test of what is Indigenous architecture is whether the Indigenous people it is serving actually see it as their own; they say ‘this is ours,’” Architect Daniel Glenn said. The film follows seven Indigenous architects as they bring to life the vitality of Indigenous architecture, from design to construction: Tammy Eagle Bull – first Indigenous woman licensed as an architect in North America (Oglala Lakota Nation, South Dakota), Wanda Dalla Costa (Saddle Lake First Nation, Alberta), Alfred Waugh (Chipewyan of the Fond Du Lac Band, Denesuline Nation, Saskatchewan), Brian Porter (Oneida Nation, Six Nations of the Grand River, Ontario), Daniel Glenn (Crow Tribe), Patrick Stewart (Killerwhale House of Daaxan, Nisga Nation, British Columbia), and Douglas Cardinal the first licensed Indigenous architect in North America (Siksika, Blackfoot, Calgary). (Chapman Productions, 2021, 83 min.).

Architects Daniel Glenn and Tammy Eagle Bull will join us for a discussion moderated by Mervyn Tano, President of the International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management. 

Presented in partnership with the International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management and the Denver American Indian Commission.

          

 

 

 

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Monday, Dec. 6
7 p.m
Ricketson Auditorium
$12 member, $15 nonmember
In “Colliding Worlds: How Cosmic Encounters Shaped Planets and Life,” Simone Marchi explores the key role that collisions in space have played in the formation and evolution of the solar system, the development of planets and possibly even the origin of life on Earth. Analyzing the latest understanding of the surfaces of Mars and Venus, gleaned from recent space missions, Marchi presents the dramatic story of cosmic collisions and their legacies. On Earth these signs are more subtle, but still cataclysmic, such as the massive asteroid strike that likely sparked the demise of the dinosaurs and many other forms of life some 66 million years ago. Marchi will discuss his new book that includes a chapter focusing on Corral Bluffs, the site of a major fossil discovery by the Museum. A book sale and access to the “After the Asteroid” exhibition will follow the presentation.

Per the Denver Department of Public Health & Environment, masks are required for everyone ages 2 and up. 


Events are subject to change based upon federal, state or local health guidance.  All sales are final unless the Museum cancels the event.

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VIRTUAL EVENT
Tuesday, Nov. 30
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. Presenters include Ka Chun Yu, curator of space science, and special guest Mark Neyrinck, Ikerbasque Fellow at the University of the Basque Country, Bilbao. Have a piece of standard printer paper on hand to complete an origami activity with Neyrinck.

 

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VIRTUAL EVENT
Thursday, Jan. 6
7 p.m
Virtual Event
$5 member, $10 nonmember
The Museum is teaming up with Alicia "Bruce" Trujillo for conversation and music with local guitar greats. Trujillo is a well-known member of Denver's music scene with a mission to uplift and amplify voices of those who are currently underrepresented, with a focus on independent and locally made music and art. She currently works as the Concert Director at Swallow Hill Music, hosts weekends on Colorado Public Radio's new music service, Indie 102.3, and is Executive Director and Host for Colorful Colorado Collaborations.
On Jan. 6, explore the inspirations and motivations of Colorado musician Anna Morsett of The Still Tide. This virtual event will be broadcast live from the "Guitar" exhibition. 
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VIRTUAL EVENT

Wednesday, Feb. 9

7 p.m.

Virtual Event 

Free

The guitar is arguably the world’s most popular instrument, the instrument that “rocked the world.” But do you know about the sound that rocked Hawai’i, and then influenced musical genres around the world? Join us for an evening with Alan Akaka as he takes us on a musical tour of Hawai’i’s most iconic sound: Hawaiian steel guitar. View a few short films about the history of the steel guitar, and then Akaka, a renowned Hawaiian steel guitarist and educator, will lead a discussion about the history, science, culture and influence of Hawaiian steel guitar. Among his many accomplishments, Akaka teamed up with Asher Guitar to produce his modern day Signature Model 8-String Hawaiian steel guitar. With a little encouragement, we think we can get him to strum a bit.

Presented in partnership with the International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management and the Denver American Indian Commission.

 

          

 

 

 

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VIRTUAL EVENT
Tuesday, Jan. 26
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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VIRTUAL EVENT
Tuesday, Feb. 26
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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VIRTUAL EVENT
Wednesday, Mar. 30
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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VIRTUAL EVENT
Thursday, Feb. 3
7 p.m
Virtual Event
$5 member, $10 nonmember
The Museum is teaming up with Alicia "Bruce" Trujillo for conversation and music with local guitar greats. Trujillo is a well-known member of Denver's music scene with a mission to uplift and amplify voices of those who are currently underrepresented, with a focus on independent and locally made music and art. She currently works as the Concert Director at Swallow Hill Music, hosts weekends on Colorado Public Radio's new music service, Indie 102.3, and is Executive Director and Host for Colorful Colorado Collaborations.
 On Feb. 3, explore the inspirations and motivations of Colorado musician Stevie Gunter of Waiting Room and TuLips. This virtual event will be broadcast live from the "Guitar" exhibition.
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VIRTUAL EVENT
Thursday, Mar. 3
7 p.m
Virtual Event
$5 member, $10 nonmember
The Museum is teaming up with Alicia "Bruce" Trujillo for conversation and music with local guitar greats. Trujillo is a well-known member of Denver's music scene with a mission to uplift and amplify voices of those who are currently underrepresented, with a focus on independent and locally made music and art. She currently works as the Concert Director at Swallow Hill Music, hosts weekends on Colorado Public Radio's new music service, Indie 102.3, and is Executive Director and Host for Colorful Colorado Collaborations.
On Mar. 3, explore the inspirations and motivations of Colorado musician Jen Korte of LadyGang, Jen Korte & The Loss and more. This virtual event will be broadcast live from the "Guitar" exhibition.
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VIRTUAL EVENT
Thursday, Apr. 14
7 p.m
Virtual Event
$5 member, $10 nonmember
The Museum is teaming up with Alicia "Bruce" Trujillo for conversation and music with local guitar greats. Trujillo is a well-known member of Denver's music scene with a mission to uplift and amplify voices of those who are currently underrepresented, with a focus on independent and locally made music and art. She currently works as the Concert Director at Swallow Hill Music, hosts weekends on Colorado Public Radio's new music service, Indie 102.3, and is Executive Director and Host for Colorful Colorado Collaborations.
On Apr. 14, explore the inspirations and motivations of Colorado musician Felix Fast4ward. This virtual event will be broadcast live from the Gates Planetarium
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Winter Break Camps
9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., daily
Grades K–1, Grades 2–3, & Grades 4–5  
$210 member, $235 non-member

4-day Camps
Week 1: December 20 – 23
Week 2: December 27 – 30

Looking for something amazing for your kids to do during school breaks? At the Museum, your child will experience fun and wonder, see IMAX films and planetarium shows, and explore the marvels of our temporary exhibitions. Each day will be something new as we bring together our favorite camp themes and activities for 2021 break camps! Camps offered for grades K – 1, 2 – 3, and 4 – 5.

Online enrollment for Winter Break Camps is open! Scholarship registration is by phone only, call Guest Services at 303.370.6000, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

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GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World

Tuesday, Dec. 7
6 - 9 p.m.

FREE

Reservations required. See it after hours!

“GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World” takes you on a fascinating exploration of the science, sound, history and pop culture behind the world’s most popular instrument.

The exhibition celebrates many facets of this iconic instrument, from its origin and continued evolution to the music it creates and the cultural impact it has. Explore STEAM concepts like sound waves, frequency, mathematical scales, engineering and more through a wide range of hands-on experiences.   

Take in the exhibition’s collection of more than 70 instruments—ranging from the rare and antique to the wildly popular and innovative.  And don’t miss your chance to strum the world’s largest playable guitar, measuring in at 43.5 feet long and certified by Guinness World Records!   

An optional plated dinner is available for purchase with this event. Adult/Senior/Youth (11-18): $25; Children (3-10): $14. Separate timed tickets are required for BOTH dinner and exhibit entry; please make sure to select BOTH at checkout if interested (Exhibit Entry and Optional Dinner are listed as separate Member Events). Dinner reservation required by Nov. 20, 2021; purchase here.

Event subject to sell out due to exhibit capacity. 

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Monday, Dec. 6
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Join us for SCFD Free Day on Monday, Dec. 6! Enjoy "GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked the World" and "Survival of the Slowest" for free along with the "Discovery Zone" and other permanent exhibitions. For an additional cost, check out "Sea Lions: Life by a Whisker" and "Great Bear Rainforest" In IMAX and all Planetarium shows.

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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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.

Because of private events, we are not open on the following Friday Evenings:

  • Dec. 17, 24, 31
  • Jan. 7, 14

On Nov. 19, "GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World" will be closed for a private event.

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