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Thursday, July 25
7 p.m.
Gates Planetarium
$12 member, $15 nonmember, $8 student

Believe us, you’ve never experienced the dome of Gates Planetarium quite like this! Viscerality is a live immersive full-dome performance designed by the artist Synthestruct, aka Ginger Leigh. The audio and generative visuals are controlled by sensor-enabled gloves. Each scene explores different methods of interaction and control, so that each show is unique and the audio and visuals are created in real-time. Synthestruct is an interactive and audiovisual designer who creates experiences inspired by her passion for science and expanding our sensory perceptions. She works with sensors and data to tap into real and imaginary worlds. Presented in collaboration with The John Madden Center for Innovation in the Liberal and Creative Arts at the University of Denver.

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Tuesday, July 30
7 p.m.
Ricketson Auditorium 
$8 member, $10 nonmember
Some of Leonardo da Vinci’s most imaginative drawings depict how to travel underwater. He drew figures fitted with bloated masks or mouthpieces connected to air tubes. These proto-scuba divers offer the promise—or at least the potential—for gaining a new kind of access to water’s depths. Dr. Leslie Geddes, assistant professor of art history at Tulane University, will discuss how these drawings reveal Leonardo’s  commitment to trying to figure out how to view the murky and mysterious underwater world firsthand. The devices are not merely whimsical inventions; they invite comparison with Leonardo’s deepest concerns about the observable world.
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Wednesday, July 31
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 Wednesday, August 28.

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Tuesday, August 13
7 p.m.
Gates Planetarium
$8 member, $10 nonmember

Take a trip to the moon with space scientists Dr. Steve Lee and Dr. Ka Chun Yu to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission. 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 moon missions to come.     

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Wednesday, August 14
6:30 - 9 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 Evening entrance on the west side of the Museum.

La Selva Negra (The Modern Jungle), from co-directors Saul Kak (Zoque) and Charles Fairbanks, presents a portrait of a small Zoque village in Mexico beset by outside forces. The film documents the influences of capitalism, the allure of a pyramid-scheme-marketed nutritional supplement hyped as a medical miracle, and the impact of filmmaking on the community. In Zoque and Spanish with English subtitles. (Charles Fairbanks, 2018, 71 min.).

Film contains some adult language.

 

Open captioned. A sign language interpreter will be provided upon request for the film discussion - three business days’ notice requested. Contact [email protected]

Producer Charles Fairbanks will lead and audience discussion and Q&A following the screening.

 

          

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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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Thursday, July 18
6:30–9:30 p.m.
Ages 21+ 
$13 member, $15 nonmember
Cash bar

Strap on your moon shoes and get ready to explore the lunar surface. Build a rocket and shoot for the moon. Get the history on lunar missions, then see the planetarium show CAPCOM GO.

 

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Thursday, August 15
6:30–9:30 p.m.
Ages 21+ 
$13 member, $15 nonmember
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Gear up for a night of fun on two wheels. Cruise through the science of cycling, get some maintenance tips, and take a tricycle for a spin. Ride your bike to the Museum and get a prize.

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Saturday–Monday, July 27–29
$436 adult, $406 child (6–12 years)

Embark on a memorable weekend with astronomer Naomi Pequette 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.

Reservations and information: 720.283.0553 or CentennialCanoe.com

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Wednesday–Sunday, August 7–11

$691 adult, $661 child (6–12 years)

With geologist Bob Raynolds as your guide, marvel at colorful sandstone walls hundreds of feet high and explore canyons and ancient rock art. Canoe down this epic stretch of river, hike and explore the Dominguez Canyon Wilderness Area with waterfalls and petroglyphs, and camp along the river’s edge.

Reservations and information:

720.283.0553

CentennialCanoe.com

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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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Wednesday, August 14
7 p.m.
$12 member, $15 nonmember, $8 student (per film)
Series pass: $55 Museum or DFS member, $70 nonmember

A summertime favorite is back! Various Museum scientists are joined by Vincent Piturro, professor of film and media studies at Metropolitan State University of Denver, to host screenings of famous sci-fi films and lead discussions to break down the science behind these alternative possibilities. Enjoy Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind with health scientist Nicole Garneau

 

Presented in partnership with the Denver Film Society.

Student tickets must be purchased in-person at the Sie Film Center or at the event.

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Wednesday, August 7
7 p.m.
Phipps Theater
$12 member, $15 nonmember, $8 student (per film)
Series pass: $55 Museum or DFS member, $70 nonmember

A summertime favorite is back! Various Museum scientists are joined by Vincent Piturro, professor of film and media studies at Metropolitan State University of Denver, to host screenings of famous sci-fi films and lead discussions to break down the science behind these alternative possibilities. Enjoy Prospect with space scientist Steve Lee.

 

Presented in partnership with the Denver Film Society.

 

Student tickets must be purchased in-person at the Sie Film Center or at the event.

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Wednesday, July 31
7 p.m.
Phipps Theater
$12 member, $15 nonmember, $8 student (per film)
Series pass: $55 Museum or DFS member, $70 nonmember

A summertime favorite is back! Various Museum scientists are joined by Vincent Piturro, professor of film and media studies at Metropolitan State University of Denver, to host screenings of famous sci-fi films and lead discussions to break down the science behind these alternative possibilities. Enjoy Jurassic Park with paleontologist Joe Sertich. 

 

Presented in partnership with the Denver Film Society.

 

Student tickets must be purchased in-person at the Sie Film Center or at the event.

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Wednesday, July 24
7 p.m.
Ricketson Auditiorium
$12 member, $15 nonmember, $8 student (per film)
Series pass: $55 Museum or DFS member, $70 nonmember

A summertime favorite is back! Various Museum scientists are joined by Vincent Piturro, professor of film and media studies at Metropolitan State University of Denver, to host screenings of famous sci-fi films and lead discussions to break down the science behind these alternative possibilities. Enjoy Get Out with Dr. Ella Maria Ray, Metropolitan State University.

 

Presented in partnership with the Denver Film Society.

 

Student tickets must be purchased in-person at the Sie Film Center or at the event.

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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 children with disabilities 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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Sunday, August 11
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 May 19, 2019.

 

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Wednesday, July 17
6-9 p.m.

You are invited to an exclusive Open House JUST FOR MEMBERS. During this free evening for the whole family, enjoy fun space activities to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first moonwalk.

  • Admire the skies through telescopes (weather permitting).
  • See Museum treasures, including astronaut Kjell Lindgren’s flight suit from his six-month mission on the International Space Station.
  • Experience the wonders of the cosmos in Gates Planetarium.
  • Take a walking tour guiding you through the initiatives from the Everyone, Everywhere strategic plan, including plans for an all-new
    Space Odyssey, opening in 2020!
  • Meet Mr. Bones, the dinosaur puppeteer.
  • Explore your favorite exhibits throughout the Museum. Please note that the IMAX Theater, Leonardo da Vinci: 500 Years of Genius, and Our Senses: Creating Your Reality will be closed this evening so you can particularly enjoy the Museum’s own unique experiences.
  • Learn something new about our amazing universe from our space scientists and educators.

Advance reservations are required!
This event is free for those covered on your membership.

Reservations have closed for the optional prepurchased dinner.

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, July 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, July 26 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, August 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Captain Marvel is an extraterrestrial Kree warrior who finds herself caught in the middle of an intergalactic battle between her people and the Skrulls. Living on Earth in 1995, she keeps having recurring memories of another life as U.S. Air Force pilot Carol Danvers. With help from Nick Fury, Captain Marvel tries to uncover the secrets of her past while harnessing her special superpowers to end the war with the evil Skrulls.

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Captioned Videos

Thursday, June 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 29 at 7:30 p.m.
**NO SHOWING JULY 4**
Friday, July 5 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 6 at and 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 11
Friday, July 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 13 at and 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 18
Friday, July 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 20 at and 7:30 p.m.

The riveting story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the years 1961-1969. A visceral, first-person account, based on the book by James R. Hansen, the movie will explore the sacrifices and the cost—on Armstrong and on the nation—of one of the most dangerous missions in history.

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