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 Wednesday, August 31, 2016
  • 60 Minutes in Space (August 31)

    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 Member entrance on the north side of the Museum.

    Wednesday, August 31 
    7 p.m.
    Gates Planetarium

    Free

    The next 60 Minutes in Space will be Wednesday, September 28.

    After Hours
  • A Beautiful Planet 3D

    A Beautiful Planet 3D is a breathtaking portrait of Earth from space, featuring stunning footage captured by astronauts aboard the International Space Station. The film illustrates the raw beauty of our magnificent planet, and offers a unique understanding of our world—and a hopeful look into the future of humanity. 

    April 29-May 26, 2016
    Daily: 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m.
    Friday & Saturday: 7 p.m.

    May 27-June 30, 2016
    Daily: 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m.
    Friday & Saturday: 7 p.m.

    July 1-September 22, 2016
    Daily: 1 p.m., 4 p.m.
    Friday & Saturday: 6 p.m.

    IMAX
  • Bailey Film Series: Campbell Island

    Former Museum director Alfred M. Bailey conducted fieldwork around the world during the mid-20th century. He shared his adventures during a popular film lecture series featuring his motion pictures and a live talk, making armchair travel possible long before the Internet. Today, we are sharing Bailey’s adventures through digitally restored film. For this program, travel to Campbell Island, where in 1958 the only way to get there was on a U.S. Navy transport. The island was inhabited by birds, sea lions, and a few scientists and technicians who managed the meteorological station. More than 200 pounds of material were collected and shipped 9,000 miles back to Denver. See spectacular landscape and unique interactions between humans and wildlife. Bailey’s grandson Jack Murphy, (pictured left with Bailey) traveled on this expedition as a teenager and will be a special guest at the event.

    Wednesday, August 31
    7 p.m.
    Ricketson Auditorium
    $8 member, $10 nonmember
    After Hours
  • 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:
    Daily: 2 p.m.
    Saturday & Sunday: 4:15 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: 23 minutes

    Showtimes:
    Monday-Friday: 11:15 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 1 p.m., 3:45 p.m.
    Saturday & Sunday: 11:45 a.m., 1 p.m., 3:45 p.m.

    Planetarium
  • Destination Solar System

    Explore space like never before in the live show Destination Solar System! 

    This out of-this-world tour, departing from Gates Planetarium, takes place on board the Space Express. Travel hundreds of millions of miles in just seconds with Jesse, an enthusiastic, knowledgeable—but inexperienced—tour guide, and Max, a highly advanced, fully integrated onboard computer. Tours of the hottest hot spots and the coldest, stormiest, and most spectacular sights in the solar system await curious space explorers of all ages.

    Showtimes

    Daily: 10:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 2:30 p.m.

    Planetarium
  • Extreme Mammals

    September 23, 2016 – January 8, 2017

    Meet some of the biggest, smallest, and most amazing animals of all time in the exhibition Extreme Mammals. Spectacular fossils, vivid reconstructions, fun interactives, and lifelike models trace the ancestry and evolution of mammals while exploring how and why some of them are so over the top. From tiny to huge, from sloth-like to speedy, with oversized claws, fangs, snouts, and horns, this cast of characters is full of surprises.

    Exhibitions
  • National Parks Adventure 3D

    Soar over red rock canyons and hurtle up craggy mountain peaks into the otherworldly realms of America’s legendary outdoor playgrounds in National Parks Adventure 3D. This ultimate off-trail escapade takes you to Yellowstone, Glacier, Yosemite, Arches, and other beloved sites around our country to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Join world-famous climber Conrad Anker, adventure photographer Alex Lowe, and artist Rachel Pohl as they hike, climb, and marvel in the beautifully wild places that inspire the adventurer in all of us. Narrated by Robert Redford.

     

    Showtimes

    May 27-June 30, 2016
    Daily: 1 p.m., 4 p.m.
    Friday & Saturday: 6 p.m.

    July 1-September 22, 2016
    Daily: 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m.
    Friday & Saturday: 7 p.m.

    IMAX
  • 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:
    Daily: 10 a.m.

    Planetarium
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