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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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Viernes 19 de julio
Viernes 16 de agosto
Viernes 20 de septiembre

5-9 p.m.

Gratis con la entrada al Museo

¡Atención a todos los hablantes de español! Prepárate para “Noches en Español" en el Museo en donde puedes explorar los misterios de los agujeros negros en el Planetario Gates, mirar asombrosos documentales en la pantalla gigante del Teatro Infinity y conocer los secretos de las antiguas momias egipcias en un recorrido autoguiado. Y no solo eso, también tendremos anfitriones, guías de orientación y presentaciones especiales para mostrar objetos fascinantes de nuestras colecciones, ¡todo disponible en español! Reúne a tus amigos y familiares para una noche de descubrimiento y diversión en un entorno inmersivo en español que no querrás perderte. 

Compra tus boletos en línea o en la taquilla el mismo día.  También tenemos descuentos a través de tu biblioteca o presentando tu tarjeta SNAP, identificación de estudiante, educador o militar. 


Friday, July 19
Friday, Aug. 16
Friday, Sept. 20

5-9 p.m.

Free with Museum general admission

Join us for "Noches en Español" at the Museum! In addition to our everyday offerings in English, you will have a chance to embark on a journey to unravel the mysteries of black holes in the state-of-the-art Gates Planetarium, marvel at awe-inspiring documentaries on the giant screen Infinity Theater and uncover the secrets of ancient Egyptian mummies through a self-directed guide — all presented in Spanish. Not only that, but we’ll also have Spanish-speaking staff and a showcase of fascinating objects from our collections. Round up your Spanish-speaking friends and family and come to the Museum for an action-packed adventure you do not want to miss.

You can acquire your tickets online or at the Museum on the day of the event. Remember that we have discounts available through your library or presenting your SNAP card, student, educator or military id.

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Contenido disponible en español (Spanish Content Available)
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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. 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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Wednesday, May 29th

5:30- 6:30 p.m.

$8 Member Adult, $6 Member youth/ senior | $10 Public Adult, $7 Public youth/ senior

Experience the Infinity Theatre giant screen with a sensory-friendly family screening of Cities of the Future! House lighting will be increased and sound levels reduced to create a comfortable experience for all. Sensory and quiet spaces activated nearby. Guests are welcome to move, dance, clap, talk, and laugh during the film! All experiences are welcomed! “Cities of the Future” invites you to step into an exciting new world of innovation and exploration to address the challenges of a rapidly changing planet. Discover the thrilling technological breakthroughs — electric autonomous vehicles and aerial highways, solar energy beamed down from space to power entire cities and smart buildings and greener infrastructure to keep us cool — that engineers are working on right now and meet a team of middle school students competing in the Future City Competition.

Narrated by award-winning actor John Krasinski, this film will energize kids and adults of all ages to think about engineering as a meaningful way to help others and leave a positive mark on the world. “Cities of the Future” is an exciting giant screen experience from MacGillivray Freeman Films and the American Society of Civil Engineers, the award-winning team that brought you “Dream Big: Engineering Our World.” Doors open at 5:00pm.

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Wednesday

June 12, 2024

5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

 

$8 Member Adult, $6 Member Youth/ Senior | $10 Public Adult, $7 Public Youth/ Senior 

 

Experience the Infinity Theatre giant screen with a sensory-friendly family screening of Blue Whales: Return of the Giants! House lighting will be increased and sound levels reduced to create a comfortable experience for all. Sensory and quiet spaces activated nearby. Guests are welcome to move, dance, clap, talk, and laugh during the film! All experiences are welcomed!

 

About Blue Whales: Return of the Giants: In this giant screen film narrated by English actor Andy Serkis, you will explore the world of the magnificent blue whale, a species rebounding from the brink of extinction. Following two scientific expeditions — one to find a missing population of blue whales off the exotic Seychelles Islands, the other to chronicle whale families in Mexico’s stunning Gulf of California — this is an inspirational story that transforms our understanding of the largest animal ever to have lived.

 

Joined by a cast of supporting characters, from dolphins and sperm whales to sea lions and orcas, don’t miss your opportunity to see the blue whale’s star moment on the giant screen! "Blue Whales: Return of the Giants" is produced and distributed by Oceanic Films, HHMI Tangled Bank Studios and SK Films.

 

Doors open at 5:00pm. 

 

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2024 Registration: SOLD OUT
Giving Club registration access: starting January 22 @ 10 a.m.
Member registration access: starting January 23 @ 10 a.m.
Scholarship registration access - Limited availability remaining: starting Wednesday, Jan. 24 @ 9 a.m.
         Scholarship Registration is open by phone, all others listed online.
         Scholarship spots are set aside ahead of time from general camp registration spots.

Summer Day Camps get brains and bodies moving! Learn and play as we experiment, create, build, ask questions, and develop a knowledge of and passion for science. Our camps are led by experienced educators offering the best opportunity for fun and learning. 
For full day camps, children must be at least 5 years of age on or before their first day of camp.

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The Power of Poison

Thursday, June 13
9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Free for Members

Members experience it first!

Explore the captivating and often paradoxical world of nature’s toxic arsenal in “The Power of Poison.” Encounter the many plants and animals living deep in the Colombian forest that use poison as a vital tool for defense and survival. With live performances and interactive dioramas, dive deep into familiar tales of illness, enchantment and death by poison. Find out how studying poison’s effects on human cells can help scientists figure out how to protect, repair and heal our own bodies and improve our health. Whether used as a defense against predators, a source of magical strength or a lifesaving medical treatment, "The Power of Poison” is sure to surprise you at every turn! 

The Power of Poison is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (amnh.org).

Please note that your Preview Day ticket also serves as your Museum admission ticket for the day. You do not need to register for a separate admission time slot.

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18+ Members-Only Evening Hours: The Power of Poison

Tuesday, June 18
6 - 9 p.m.

Free for Adult Members | Senior Members

Looking to experience “The Power of Poison” in a quieter setting? Explore the Museum’s newest temporary exhibition during our 18+ members-only evening hours on Tuesday, June 18. 

Only “The Power of Poison” will be open; the rest of the Museum will be closed. A timed ticket is required.

The Power of Poison is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (amnh.org).

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Thursday, June 6, 2024
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
 
Experience the wonders of the cosmos with St. Martin's Chamber Choir, now performing in our giant screen Infinity Theater! Founded in 1994 as Colorado's only year-round, fully professional choir, St. Martin's has delighted audiences for more than 20 years with its exhilarating, exquisite sound and fascinating repertoire, drawn from 1,000 years of choral music. Accompanied by breathtaking imagery captured by NASA's Hubble and James Webb telescopes, you will embark on a celestial voyage through enchanting choral music inspired by the mysteries of the cosmos. Join us for an encounter with the infinite, where the harmonies of music and the vast, beautiful universe blend into transcendent beauty and an unforgettable experience. 
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Thursday, June 20, 2024
7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
$25 Member / $35 Nonmember
Ages 21+

 

Join us for an unforgettable night at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science's Prom for All! Whether reliving our prom memories or experiencing it for the first time, this evening is all about celebrating you – every identity, every look, every incredible thing that makes you, YOU! Let's glam up and make memories together! Dress to Impress: Let's dazzle in our finest attire and sip on some spiked punch* while mingling with fellow fabulous folks. Capture the moments with yearbook-style photos, delve into fascinating topics like mating rituals and rites of passage, and explore the wonders of love under the stars in our planetarium. This is our chance to be ourselves, regardless of age, orientation, or identity. Let's kick off summer in style!

 

*Drinks are available for purchase at the bar.

Light appetizers are included. Must be 21+.

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Wednesday

June 05, 2024

7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

$20 Member | $25 Public

Esteemed Diné weaver Lynda Teller Pete, alongside Avenir Center Textile Conservator Kathleen Martin, have been working to rejoin the front and back panels of a traditional Diné woman’s Biil Ééʼ (dress). Non-native dealers often separated these garments to sell pieces of them individually. Join us for an evening program in which Lynda Teller Pete and Kathleen Martin discuss the intricate process of rejoining such significant garments, providing a rare glimpse into the cultural necessity of restoring them to their original, unified form. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to deepen your understanding of an extraordinary culture through the art of textile conservation. The Avenir Conservation Center is committed to compassionate and scholarly conservation initiatives deeply rooted in shared learning. Reserve your tickets now and join us in celebrating the living heritage, craftsmanship, and community surrounding these garments. Tickets include admission to this in-depth conversation and an evening reception with a cash bar. 

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Monday

June 10, 2024

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

$15 Member | $18 Public

Come and meet one of the leading marine biologists and (human) stars of Blue Whales: Return of the Giants 3D! We have the distinct opportunity to learn more from Dr. Diane Gendron, a renowned marine biologist specializing in blue whales. Dr. Diane Gendron studies cetacean ecology at the Centro Interdisciplinario de Ciencias Marinas (CICIMAR), the Instituto Politecnico Nacional in Mexico. During 30 continuous years of research in the Gulf of California Diane has meticulously built the world’s most comprehensive, individual-specific blue whale database, identifying over 700 blue whales. Blue Whales: Return of the Giants 3D takes viewers on a journey of a lifetime to explore the world of the magnificent blue whale, a species rebounding from the brink of extinction. Following two scientific expeditions—one to find a missing population of blues off the exotic Seychelles Islands, the other to chronicle whale families in Mexico’s stunning Gulf of California—the film is an inspirational story that transforms our understanding of the largest animal ever to have lived.

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Wednesday, May 29

7:00 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. 

This evening's presentation is by Curator of Space Sciences Dr. Ka Chun Yu.

Please use the West Entrance of the Museum. 

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Martes, 11 de Junio, 2024
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 
$15 Miembro | $18 Público

 

¡Ven y conoce a uno de los principales biólogos marinos y estrellas (humanas) de Ballenas Azules: El Retorno de los Gigantes 3D! Tenemos la oportunidad de aprender más de la Dra. Diane Gendron, una renombrada bióloga marina especializada en ballenas azules. 

La Dra. Diane Gendron estudia la ecología de los cetáceos en el Centro Interdisciplinario de Ciencias Marinas (CICIMAR), del Instituto Politécnico Nacional en México. Durante 30 años continuos de investigación en el Golfo de California, Diane ha construido meticulosamente la base de datos más completa del mundo sobre ballenas azules específicas de individuos, identificando más de 700 ballenas azules. 

Ballenas Azules: El Regreso de los Gigantes 3D lleva a los espectadores en un viaje en el mar para explorar el mundo de la magnífica ballena azul, una especie que se está recuperando del borde de la extinción. Siguiendo dos expediciones científicas —una para encontrar una población perdida de ballenas azules en las exóticas Islas Seychelles, la otra para documentar familias de ballenas en el impresionante Golfo de California de México—, la película es una historia inspiradora que nos hace comprender mejor al animal más grande que jamás haya existido. 

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Wednesday
June 26, 2024
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
 

$15 Member | $18 Public

Discover the stirring story behind Ken Hall’s Legacy sculpture—a life-sized killer whale skeleton meticulously carved from reclaimed cedar. This masterpiece is a highlight of the " Orcas: Our Shared Future " exhibition at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.  

Join us for an enlightening conversation between artist Ken Hall and Chris Patrello, Assistant Curator of Anthropology at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Enjoy an exclusive glimpse into Ken’s creative process and engage with us in a profound discussion about his dedication to sharing his nature-focused artistic vision with the world. He and Chris will explore how Ken’s art connects to the themes of "Orcas: Our Shared Future,” including the complexities of our vulnerable ocean ecosystems, orca culture and biology, and the deep and ongoing relationships between orcas and various Indigenous communities.   

Don't miss this chance to deepen your understanding and celebrate the intricate details of this awe-inspiring sculpture and the story behind it.  

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