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Wednesday, May 297 p.m.Ricketson AuditoriumFree
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, June 26.
Step into Escher’s Universe, a full-dome film based on the life and work of the multifaceted Maurits Cornelis Escher. He had a unique ability to join mathematics, astronomy, optics, and geometry together in art. Shapes, three-dimensional reconstructions, dual worlds, unreal buildings, or impossible continuities in this show reveal Escher's continuous search for knowledge. After the film, psychologist Dr. Timothy Sweeny, from the University of Denver, will discuss how the brain impacts the way people see the world around them.
Is it literally a spark that ignites human curiosity? The answer and more lie somewhere in the brain’s complex architecture. Get a look inside your head during a tour of the brain, projected on our immersive planetarium dome, with Dr. Jonathan Fisher, assistant professor of physiology, New York Medical College. Fisher founded the Neurodome Project, which combines planetarium technology with high-resolution brain imaging techniques. From witnessing sparks of electrical activity in individual neurons to sailing down neural pathways that support consciousness, emotions, and complex thought, you will explore the fundamental mechanisms of brain function—and what it means to be human.
Wednesday, July 10
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.
Admission is free.
The Eagle Huntress: This spellbinding documentary follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old nomadic Mongolian girl who is fighting to become the first female eagle hunter in twelve generations of her Kazakh family. Through breathtaking aerial cinematography, the film captures her personal journey while also addressing universal themes like female empowerment, the natural world, coming of age and the onset of modernity. A discussion with the audience will follow the film.
Please use the Evening entrance on the west side of the Museum
Promotional support from Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.
Wednesday, June 267 p.m.Ricketson AuditoriumFree
The next 60 Minutes in Space will be Wednesday, July 31
Wednesday, July 317 p.m.Ricketson AuditoriumFree
The next 60 Minutes in Space will be Wednesday, August 28.
Wednesday, August 287 p.m.Ricketson AuditoriumFree
Named a “Travel Pioneer” by the BBC and the “Birdman of Razzmatazz” by Newsweek, Noah Strycker is a writer, photographer, and bird man. In 2015, Strycker set himself a lofty goal: to become the first person to see half the planet’s birds in one year. For 365 days, with a backpack, binoculars, and a series of one-way tickets, he traveled across 41 countries and all seven continents, eventually spotting 6,042 species—by far the biggest birding year on record. In his book Birding Without Borders, Strycker ventures deep into a world of bloodsucking leeches, chronic sleep deprivation, airline snafus, breakdowns, mudslides, floods, war zones, ecological devastation, conservation triumphs, common and iconic species, and scores of passionate bird lovers around the globe. He offers a hopeful message that although many birds face an uncertain future, more people than ever are working to protect them. Presented in partnership with Bird Conservancy of the Rockies with promotional support from Audubon Society of Greater Denver and Audubon Rockies.
Book sale and signing to follow presentation.
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 Praxis Initiative of the University of Denver’s Center for Innovation in the Liberal and Creative Arts (CILCA).
Cash bar available.
Tuesday, July 97 p.m.Phipps Theater$12 member, $15 nonmember
The race to the moon is on again! In his new book Moon Rush: The New Space Race, veteran space journalist Leonard David explores our enduring fascination with the moon, from ancient myth to plans for a future “Moon Village.” David offers insider information about how the United States, its allies and competitors, and key private corporations, such as Moon Express and Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin, plan to reach, inhabit, and even harvest the moon in the decades to come. Spurred on by the Google Lunar XPRIZE—$20 million for the first to get to the moon and send back images—the 21st-century space race has become even more compelling. David’s reporting and accompanying maps, graphics, and photographs shed new light on our constant lunar companion, offering reasons to gaze up and see it as never before.
NASA astronaut Dr. Kjell Lindgren is returning to Colorado! Lindgren will describe his experiences as a flight engineer aboard the International Space Station during the Expedition 44/45 mission. He logged 141 days in space, successfully completed two spacewalks, and conducted more than a hundred different scientific experiments. Hear about his experiences in low-earth orbit and his perspective on the future of human exploration of the moon and beyond. Lindgren is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado State University, and the University of Colorado Medical School. He worked as a flight surgeon at NASA’s Johnson Space Center before being selected as an astronaut in 2009. After the program, enjoy a meet-and-greet with Lindgren. Seating is first come, first served. Please enter through the west side of the Museum.
Wednesday, June 12
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 evening entrance on the east side of the Museum. Concessions are available for purchase.
68 Voces, 68 Corazones: This series of animated indigenous stories, each narrated in its original language, is designed to promote pride, respect and use of the indigenous languages of Mexico. Upon completion, the project will include an animation for each of the 68 language families in Mexico. Our program will screen the 22 animations completed in 2016 and 2017. Subtitled in English. (Hola Combo, 2016-2017.). A discussion with the audience will follow the film.
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.
Thursday, June 206:30–9:30 p.m.Ages 21+ $13 member, $15 nonmemberCash bar
Thursday, July 186:30–9:30 p.m.Ages 21+ $13 member, $15 nonmemberCash bar
Thursday, August 156:30–9:30 p.m.Ages 21+ $13 member, $15 nonmemberCash bar
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.
Mondays & Wednesdays, June 17-26
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
$225 member, $250 nonmember
Butterflies are beautiful; almost everyone can agree on that. But have you ever looked really closely at a butterfly? Join Marjorie Leggitt, an award-winning illustrator, as she leads you through the steps to create a realistic, larger-than-life, mixed-media butterfly illustration. This all-levels art workshop starts with an overview of butterflies by Dr. Frank Krell, curator of entomology. Then, select a Colorado butterfly from the Museum’s education collections for your project. Leggitt will describe the importance of close observation and teach simple math skills to help you measure and duplicate wing patterns. Learn how to mix and layer watercolor to build rich, luminous colors, and discover the secret to creating light and iridescence, and colored pencil tricks that build texture and details. Materials provided.
Museum experience: Tuesday, June 4 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Studio experience: Saturday, June 8 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Become immersed in the world of Leonardo da Vinci in this two-part experience. First, Dr. Steve Nash, curator of archaeology, will share insights on the life and times of Leonardo, followed by after-hours access to the temporary exhibition Leonardo da Vinci: 500 Years of Genius. Part two is an experiential learning workshop at Anatomy in Clay Centers. Instructor Jon Zahourek—anatomist, artist, scientist, and inventor—will guide you through Vitruvius’s rules of proportion for humans and architecture. Based on the notes of architect Vitruvius Pollio (80 BCE), Leonardo’s drawing The Vitruvian Man became known as the “Canon of Proportions.” Vitruvius’s universal design principles embody his belief that the workings of the human body are the same as the workings of the universe. In the studio, you will have an opportunity to put your genius to work as you form anatomy in clay onto Zahourek’s MANIKEN® models of the human skeleton. Materials included.
Monday and Tuesday, June 17 & 186:30–8:30 p.m.
$20 member, $25 nonmember
Using the state-of-the-art Science on a Sphere visualization technology in Space Odyssey and the full-dome experience of Gates Planetarium, you will explore patterns of human settlements and the forces that influence the lives of peoples around our globe. With geologist Dr. Bob Raynolds, examine Earth’s geological framework and how it influences our human habitat. Humans have spread across the entire globe and our population grows daily. Though we strain our resource base, innovation and education have the potential to mitigate many challenges, and wise planning can help future generations lead more secure lives.
Wednesday–Sunday, June 12–16 $691 adult, $661 child (6–12 years)
Museum educator Jennifer Moss Logan shares stories of those who left their mark on the local landscape, from ancient native peoples to the colorful characters whose adventures brought them westward. For both the adventurer and historian at heart.
Reservations and information: 720.283.0553 or CentennialCanoe.com
Saturday–Monday, July 13–15 $436 adult, $406 child (6–12 years)
Experience fascinating rock formations from the age of the dinosaurs, and paddle your way along the Colorado River with educator Samantha Sands as your time-travel guide. Camping along the river’s banks and exploring Dominquez Canyon will leave you awed by the immensity of geologic time.
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.
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:
Thursday, June 137 a.m.- 5 p.m.$27 member, $35 nonmember
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.
Thursday, July 187 a.m.- 5 p.m.$27 member, $35 nonmemberAges 18+
The “dog days of summer” are often viewed as a slow time for birding, but not necessarily! The Rocky Mountain Arsenal is a fine locality in midsummer. Walk trails and check ponds and lakes for many species of ducks, a variety of grebes, herons and egrets, and American white pelicans. In the prairies, look for raptors, burrowing owl, western meadowlark and flycatchers, while the woodlands should produce woodpeckers, warblers, and vireos. If time permits, travel to Barr Lake State Park, which offers the possibility of shorebirds.
Thursday, August 226:30 a.m.- 5 p.m.$27 member, $35 nonmemberAges 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Donnie Darko with space scientist Ka Chun Yu.
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 Contact with space scientist Naomi Pequette.
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!
Come fly with us as we celebrate one of man kind's greatest achievements, landing on the moon! At this out of this world event we will have dinner in the Museum, learn about the moon with interactive activities, take a look at our biggest satellite with high power telescopes (weather permitting), and enjoy Moon-themed Planetarium shows. This will be one small evening out for families, and giant leap for your moon-know how.
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.
Commemorate one giant leap in human spaceflight all day with special activities and presentations in our Space Odyssey exhibition.
Sunday, June 29 a.m.–5 p.m.
Celebrate Space Day with a full day of special programs and activities. Experience hands-on activities, special presentation and safe solar viewing with our special telescopes. Meet aerospace engineers and “astronauts” on Mars. Honor the Apollo missions and learn about the future of spaceflight.
Friday, June 14, 20196:30 p.m.–1 a.m.
Perception is more than a window into the world around us—it’s what makes us human.
Prepare for the unexpected during this magical evening while supporting the Museum's mission. Enjoy a delectable strolling dinner, surprising entertainment, and playful science experiences that will delight your senses—sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell. Cap the evening by dancing the night away with the entire Museum family at the After Dark Soiree.
Tuesday, May 7 • 6–9 p.m.$50 member, $60 nonmember*Please accept our sincerest apologies for the date error printed on the event postcard listing Thursday, May 2 as the date for this evening.
In addition to an adults-only evening in Our Senses, enjoy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar followed by dinner. Reservations are required.
Your senses are one of those things you don’t think much about, yet they are constantly at work shaping your perception of the world. Now they get the scientific spotlight in this exhibition for the whole family that reveals how and why what we perceive is not all, or exactly, what’s actually going on around us. Enjoy some “sensory overload” as you play with color, patterns, sound, scents, and touch, and discover how there’s so much more to our senses than just the famous five.
Menu:Caesar salad with crispy parmesanChicken Valdosta with linguini & mushroomsSeasonal vegetableStrawberry Tasting: strawberry/red wine sorbet, strawberry consomée and strawberry shortcakeVegetarian 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.
Friday, June 14, 20199:30 p.m.–1 a.m.
The eye sees only what the mind is able to comprehend. - Robertson Davies
Tickets:$60 Member$75 General Public
DJ - Dancing - Small Bites - Two Drinks
Or become a Young Professional (YP) member of the Museum and attend for free! Get your YP Membership today!Already a YP member? Use your benefits to attend for free. Contact [email protected] or call 303.370.8251
Thursday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m.Friday, May 24 at 7:30 p.m.Saturday, May 25 at 7:30 p.m.
A clash between good and evil awaits as young Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) prepare for a final battle against Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes). Harry has grown into a steely lad on a mission to rid the world of evil. The friends must search for the Horcruxes that keep the dastardly wizard immortal. Harry and Voldemort meet at Hogwarts Castle for an epic showdown where the forces of darkness may finally meet their match.
Thursday, May 30 at 7:30 p.m.Friday, May 31 at 7:30 p.m.Saturday, June 1 at 7:30 p.m.
The year is 1926, and Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident, were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt's fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.
Thursday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m.Friday, June 8 at 7:30 p.m.Saturday, June 9 at 7:30 p.m.
In 1927, the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA) is transferring the powerful dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald from their maximum security prison to London to be tried for his crimes in Europe. Grindelwald escapes during the transfer, aided by his follower and MACUSA employee, Abernathy.
Tuesday, June 187–9 p.m.
Join us for a special night in celebration of superpower dogs everywhere! Meet and greet with service, therapy, and adoptable dogs in the Museum, followed by a screening of Superpower Dogs 3D!
Meet furry friends from the Canine Airport Therapy Squad from Denver International Airport, Canine Companions for Independence, adoptable dogs from Dumb Friends League, and more.
Cash bar and concession snacks available for purchase.
Enter through the Museum’s main North entrance.
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