Free Shows and Demos

Want to know what's happening at the Museum?  We have plenty of activities going on daily! Click here for our demonstration and show schedule.


Choose a day below to view the available events, IMAX films, and Planetariums shows.

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Events for Tuesday, July 22, 2014
  • Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity

    In this Museum-produced show, zip through other-worldly wormholes, experience the creation of the Milky Way Galaxy, and witness the violent death of a star and subsequent birth of a black hole.

    Run Time: 25 minutes

    Showtimes:
    June 6 - August 21, 2014

    Daily, 2:00 p.m.

     

    Planetarium
  • Cosmic Journey: A Solar System Adventure

    Volcanoes tower 80,000 feet above a barren surface. Monstrous hurricanes rage for 400 years. And multicolored rings sit suspended in air.

    In Cosmic Journey: A Solar System Adventure, travel through our solar system at many times the speed of light, taking in the wonders of the planets and their moons.

    Run Time: 22 minutes

    Showtimes:
    June 6 - August 21, 2014
    Daily, 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m.

    Planetarium
  • D Day Normandy 1944 3D

    June 6, 1944: The largest Allied operation of World War II began in Normandy, France. Yet few know in detail exactly why and how this monumental event changed the course of history. The new IMAX 3D film D-Day: Normandy 1944 seamlessly blends stunning computer-generated images, live-action reenactments, and historic photos and film to recount this carefully planned mission. From those who lived through it to those who are hearing the story for the first time, all generations will receive a new perspective on this extraordinary moment in human history. Narrated by Tom Brokaw, the film pays tribute to the millions of men and women, soldiers and civilians, who give their lives for freedom. A duty of memory, a duty of gratitude.

    Showtimes:

    June 6 - October 9, 2014
    Mon-Sun: 1:00 p.m.
    Fri-Sat: 1:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m.*

    *The 6:00 p.m. show on Friday is a part of Summer Nights @ the Museum. You must purchase a Summer Nights ticket for this showtime. Click here to learn more.

    IMAX
  • Island of Lemurs: Madagascar 3D

    Millions of years ago, lemurs arrived as castaways on the remote island of Madagascar, and they have since evolved into one of nature’s greatest explorers. Through the marvel of IMAX 3D, Island of Lemurs: Madagascar takes you to this wondrous world where you will follow a trailblazing scientist as she strives to help these strange and adorable creatures survive. Narrated by actor Morgan Freeman, you will see that lemurs are much more than just cartoon characters and are a reflection of our amazingly diverse planet.

    Showtimes:

    June 6 - October 9, 2014
    Mon-Sun: 10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m.*

    *The 5:00 p.m. show on Friday is a part of Summer Nights @ the Museum. You must purchase a Summer Nights ticket for this showtime. Click here to learn more.

    IMAX
  • Jerusalem 3D

    Filmed for the first time in 3D and for the giant screen, Jerusalem 3D immerses audiences into one of the world's most beloved cities. Discover why this tiny piece of land is sacred to three major religions through the stories of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim families who call Jerusalem home. Join renowned archaeologist, Dr. Jodi Magness, as she travels underground to solve some of this city’s greatest mysteries. Find out why, after thousands of years, Jerusalem and the Holy Land continue to stir the imagination of billions of people. Unprecedented access to the city's holiest sites, as well as rare and breathtaking aerial footage of the Old City and the Holy Land, combine to make Jerusalem 3D a unique and stunning cinematic experience.

     

    Showtimes:

    June 6 - October 9, 2014
    Mon - Sun: 4:00 p.m.

    IMAX
  • Maya Mythology: From the Classic Era to Today

    A common mythology has unified Maya civilization across time and space. Michael Ennis, PhD, instructor at the University of Colorado Boulder, will guide you through an exploration of how the Maya have fought to preserve their religion since the conquest. Read Maya myths written down hundreds of years ago, then visit the exhibition Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed to see how these stories relate to Maya astronomy and politics as well as their ancient ball game. The course will begin in Gates Planetarium with a screening of Tales of the Maya Skies, a retelling of the ancient Maya story of Popul Vuh. You will also examine how contemporary Maya writers use folklore and oral tradition to reassert Maya identity in the modern world.

    Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 22-29
    6:30-8:30 p.m.
    $60 member, $75 nonmember

    Registration is required.

     

    Classes
  • One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure

    One World, One Sky is a brilliant spectacle of light and color that follows Sesame Street's Big Bird and Elmo as they explore the night sky with Hu Hu Zhu, a new friend from China. Together, they take an imaginary trip from Sesame Street to the moon, where they discover how different it is from Earth. This cross-cultural adventure opens children's eyes to the sky, helping them see how people all over the world are connected.

    Run Time: 23 minutes


    Showtimes:
    June 6 - August 21, 2014
    Daily, 11:00 a.m.

    Planetarium
  • Pandas: The Journey Home 3D

    Prepare to fall in love anew with this delightful iconic creature in the new IMAX 3D film Pandas: The Journey Home from National Geographic. Featuring unprecedented access to the Wolong Panda Research Center in China, you will follow the story of Tao Tao and other pandas as they playfully prepare to be released into their lush mountain habitat to begin living wild. You will also meet some of the dedicated scientists who work tirelessly to ensure a bright future for this fascinating animal. 

    Showtimes:

    June 6 - October 9, 2014
    Mon-Sun: 11:30 a.m., 3:00 p.m.
    Fri-Sat: 11:30 a.m., 3:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m.*

    *The 7:00 p.m. show on Friday is a part of Summer Nights @ the Museum. You must purchase a Summer Nights ticket for this showtime. Click here to learn more.

    IMAX
  • Perfect Little Planet

    Imagine the ultimate space vacation! Discover our solar system through a new set of eyes – a family from another star system seeking the perfect vacation spot. Fly over the surface of Pluto, our best known Dwarf Planet. Dive over the ice cliffs of Miranda. Sail through the rings of Saturn. Feel the lightning storms of Jupiter. And walk on the surface of Mars. Which destination would you choose? A solar system journey for space travelers of all ages.

     

    Showtimes:
    June 6 - August 21, 2014
    Mon - Thurs: 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m.
    Fri - Sat: 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m.
    Sun: 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m.

    Planetarium
  • Reading Colorado: An Introduction to the Geology of Colorado (July 22) *

    Discover geology fundamentals as applied to the fossil record, by land and by canoe! Geologist and research associate Bob Raynolds will guide you through the basics of stratigraphy, sedimentology, geological mapping, and dating techniques, and how to complete a field report. The course includes two full-day field trips, the first of which introduces you to the Denver Basin and to Front Range structure and stratigraphy. The second trip will offer a unique experience to explore the geology of Upper Colorado River by canoe. Students will have the opportunity to paddle down the river as Raynolds provides a lesson about the spectacular surroundings. Paleontology 101 is a prerequisite for this course.

    Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 22-31
    6:30 - 9 p.m.
    Field trips: July 26, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and August 2, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
    $275 member, $305 nonmember

     

     

    Classes
  • Tales of the Maya Skies

    Immerse yourself in the beauty of Chichén Itzá, Mexico, the “seventh wonder of the modern world.” Listen to the story of the ancient Maya civilization. Experience Tales of the Maya Skies.

    With unprecedented realism Tales of the Maya Skies immerses us in Maya science, art and mythology, using full dome digital technology to transport us back into the world of the Maya.

    Narrated by Grammy Award winner and Oscar nominee Lila Downs, Tales of the Maya Skies inspires and educates through its description of the Maya’s accurate astronomical achievements and how astronomy connected them to the Universe.

     

    Showtimes:
    June 6 - August 21, 2014
    Daily, 10:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m.

    Planetarium
  • To Space and Back

    Space exploration, our greatest adventure, is having a big impact on our lives. It is helping us to discover a universe of unimaginable scale and beauty, and it is reaching down into our world and influencing the way in which we live. Produced by The Franklin Institute, together with Sky-Skan, and narrated by Top Gear’s James May, this technologically advanced planetarium show is a story of human ingenuity and incredible engineering, describing how the technology that transports us through space is paving the way for the devices and apps we use every day.

    Run Time: 25 minutes

    Showtimes:
    June 6 - August 21, 2014
    Daily, 3:30 p.m.

    Planetarium
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