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Wednesday, May 27
1:45 p.m. 
Facebook Live Event
FREE
Join the Museum and NASA for live coverage of the launch of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft on the DEMO-2 mission to the ISS. NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken will be the first crew to lift-off from American soil since the final Space Shuttle flight in 2011.  As the final flight test for SpaceX, this mission will validate the company’s crew transportation system, including the launch pad, rocket, spacecraft, and operational capabilities. This also will be the first time NASA astronauts will test the spacecraft systems in orbit.
 
Museum Space Scientist Steve Lee will discuss the mission and the Commercial Crew Program and answer your questions, then we'll join NASA TV for live coverage of this historic launch.
 
Go to the Museum's Facebook page to watch this event live!
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Thursday, October 8
7:45 p.m. (doors open at 7:15)
Phipps Theater
$39.50

The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe podcast hosts are here in Denver as part of their Extravaganza tour! You may have heard their award-winning science podcast, and perhaps you have read their best-selling book on critical thinking. Now watch them live on stage as they entertain and challenge your perception of reality. Joined by host and musician, George Hrab, the SGU crew will create a skeptical extravaganza of special significance!

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Wednesday, May 27
7-8 p.m.
Virtual Event
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Get the latest news in space science with Museum scientists Ka Chun Yu and Steve Lee.  Lee and Yu will be joined by Jessica Libby-Roberts, a PhD student in astrophysics from University of Colorado Boulder. Among the stories for the night, hear about the Crew Dragon launch, scheduled for May 27. This will be the first launch from American soil of American astronauts onboard an American spacecraft and American rocket since the last Space Shuttle flight in 2011! 

Please find the Zoom link in your email confirmation upon registering.

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Tuesday, May 26
7-8 p.m.
Virtual Event
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Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World  is an extraordinary documentary that brings to light the profound and overlooked influence of Indigenous people on popular music in North America. The concept began with an exhibit at the National Museum of the American Indian, co-curated by musician Stevie Salas (Apache), who went on to executive ​produce the film. Focusing on music icons such as Link Wray (Shawnee), Jimi Hendrix (Cherokee heritage), Buffy Sainte-Marie (Cree), Taboo (Shoshone/Mexican), Charley Patton (Cherokee descent), Mildred Bailey (Coeur d’Alene), Jesse Ed Davis (Kiowa/Comanche), Robbie Robertson (Mohawk), and Randy Castillo (Isleta Pueblo), Rumble shows how these groundbreaking American Indian musicians helped shape the soundtracks of our lives.

Watch the film on your own, streaming free on PBS through May 27. Join us for a live discussion and Q&A with Executive Producer Stevie Salas on Wednesday, May 26, 7– 8 p.m. (MDT).

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This program is presented in partnership with the International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management and the Denver American Indian Commission.

          

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Tuesday, June 2
6 p.m.
Gates Planetarium 
$12 member, $15 nonmember

Step into Escher’s Universe, a full-dome film based on the life and work of the multifaceted Maurits Cornelis Escher. Escher 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 his 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. 

 

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Tuesday, June 2
8 p.m.
Gates Planetarium 
$12 member, $15 nonmember

Step into Escher’s Universe, a full-dome film based on the life and work of the multifaceted Maurits Cornelis Escher. Escher 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 his 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. 

 

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Monday, June 1
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Virtual Event 
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Coloradans have increased their time spent at home since mid-March following statewide policy interventions implemented by Governor Polis and increased social distancing guidelines set by essential businesses. Using digital trace data, scientists have been able to study general patterns in population mobility during the COVID-19 pandemic. The results find noteworthy trends, including variation across different areas of the state; a voluntary reduction in movement even before Stay-at-Home orders took effect; and recent reversals in the overall amount of time spent in public.

Jude Bayham, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Agricultural & Resource Economics at Colorado State University and the co-lead author of the recently published report, titled “Colorado Mobility Patterns During the COVID-19 Response.” Dr. Bayham will discuss the study’s key findings, including trends and patterns in how Coloradans are (or aren’t) spending time away from home as well as policy implications for coronavirus outcomes moving forward. He’ll also answer your questions during a moderated Q&A session.

 

This free livestream event is open to the public and is presented by the Colorado School of Public Health, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and the Institute for Science & Policy.

 

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Friday, May 29
8 p.m.
Virtual Event

Do the birds and bees have you buzzing to spring into action? Get ready for a virtual date night celebrating the urge to pollinate. Start off the night by mixing a spring cocktail then explore the complex courtship of birds. Learn about the bees Colorado and make a bird feeder.

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Monday, July 20 2020 - 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Monday,July 27, 2020 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

$255 member, $225 nonmember 

 

Beetles comprise the largest group of animals on Earth, and new species are discovered on a daily basis. Marjorie Leggitt, an award-winning science artist, will guide you through the process of illustrating an anatomically accurate, textural beetle in vivid color. You choose the medium, watercolor or colored pencil. This all-levels workshop begins with an overview by Dr. Frank Krell, curator of entomology. Learn about the fascinating order of Coleoptera, a beetle’s anatomy and lifecycle, and the diverse roles of beetles as tormentor or benefactor. Select a beetle to illustrate from the Museum’s vast teaching collection. Follow Leggitt as she defines the steps to producing an accurate pencil drawing and shows you how to mimic texture intricacy and develop color luminescence. You’ll end up with a beautiful beetle portrait to take home and frame. During the first session, materials will be provided by the Museum and additional materials for students to bring will be discussed.

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Friday - Sunday, June 12-14
$459 adult, $429 youth (6-12 years)

Experience fascinating rock formations from the age of the dinosaurs and paddle your way along the Colorado River with geologist Dr. Bob Raynolds 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.

 

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Saturday - Monday, July 11-13
$459 adult

Explore the interactions that occur every day in nature while canoeing the gorgeous canyons of the Gunnison River. With Museum educator and naturalist Tim Blesse, you’ll deepen your understanding of ecology and critical water resource issues. K–12 teachers may receive re-licensure credits. A pretrip workshop at the Museum on Saturday, June 6, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., is available to all participants and is required for re-licensure credit. For adults, with family and friends age 16+ welcome.

 

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Saturday - Monday, July 18-20
$459 adult, $429 youth (6-12 years old)

Embark on a memorable weekend with space scientist Dr. Ka Chun Yu 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.

 

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Wednesday - Sunday, July 22-26
$714 adult, $681 youth (6-12 years old)

Paddle along one of the longest stretches of tranquil wilderness water in the western United States, just north of Canyonlands National Park in eastern Utah. Geologist and paleobotanist Dr. Ian Miller will be your guide as you marvel at colorful sandstone walls hundreds of feet high and explore canyons and ancient rock art

 

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June 8–August 7

Make their summer incredible at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

Online enrollment for our hugely popular summer camp program begins soon!
Giving Club registration opens Monday, January 27
For Dual Membership levels and above registration opens Tuesday, January 28

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Join us for SCFD Community Free Day or stop by for a Free Night! Museum admission is free for everyone.

  • Monday, January 6
  • Sunday, January 26
  • Monday, February 10 (Darwin Day)
  • Sunday, February 23
  • Sunday, April 26 (Día del Niño)
  • Sunday, May 31
  • Wednesday, July 1 (Free Night- Admission free from 5 p.m.-10 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, August 12 (Free Night- Admission free from 5 p.m.-10 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 2 (Free Night- Admission free from 5 p.m.-10 p.m.)
  • Monday, September 21
  • Sunday, October 11
  • Sunday, December 6

Enjoy your favorite parts of the Museum with special activities on:

Monday, February 10- Darwin Day

Sunday, February 23- Health Sciences

Sunday, April 26- Día del Niño

Sunday, May 31- Nature

Sunday, October 11- Out at the Museum

Sunday, December 6- Museum's 120th Birthday

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Friday Evening Hours

Friday, January 17–October 30, 2020*
Museum open until 10 p.m.


The Museum will be open until 10 p.m. on Fridays beginning January 17! It will be business as usual, with a few extras thrown in.
• Admission prices remain the same.
• General admission is free for members.
• Tickets for upcharged temporary exhibitions, IMAX films (5 and 6 p.m.), and the Hollywood Favorites at 7 p.m. will be available.
• Food and drink will be available for purchase.
We look forward to kicking off the weekends with you!

*Except September 25

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