Fall 2010 Events

Included in this advisory are key programs and events at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science that aim to inspire curiosity and excite minds of all ages through scientific discovery. 

EXHIBITIONS

Amazon Voyage: Vicious Fishes & Other Riches
Through Sunday, January 2, 2011
FREE with Museum admission
Take an incredible voyage down the world's largest and most biologically diverse river. Dare to get an up-close look at this mysterious world. Learn about amazing creatures, including piranhas, anacondas, caimans, and stingrays. Experience live animals, original artifacts, dance, music, demonstrations, and more in this interactive, bilingual exhibition. Encounter field researchers making incredible new discoveries, plus become a scientist and make your own fun, hands-on discoveries.  Participate in this amazing celebration of the Amazon and investigate the scientific, social, and economic choices that shape the river's future.

FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY

The Camera that Saved Hubble
FREE with Museum admission
The Hubble's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2, WFPC2, is on display for a limited time at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.  The supercamera, which is the size of a baby grand piano, is credited with saving the Hubble Space Telescope mission and providing unprecedented and crystal clear pictures of our universe for the last 16 years. Museum visitors will have a unique opportunity to see this remarkable scientific instrument, complete with several "craters" in its outer skin that were caused by micrometeorite impacts during its years in orbit. 

IMAX

Hubble - Now in 3D
Experience a gripping story full of hope, crushing disappointment, dazzling ingenuity, bravery, and triumph. Hubble recounts the amazing journey of the Hubble Space Telescope, arguably the most important scientific instrument since Galileo's original telescope and the greatest success in space since the moon landing. Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, Hubble will change the way you see the universe.  Showing daily at 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m., and 4 p.m., with an additional showing at 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Under the Sea - Now in 3D
Visit exotic and isolated underwater locations, including southern Australia and New Guinea, and encounter some of the most mysterious and stunning creatures of the sea.  Explore the natural wonder of the oceans and see the impact of global climate change in this 3D adventure, which is narrated by Jim Carrey. Showing daily at 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m., with an additional showing at 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

PLANETARIUM

Journey to the Stars
The Museum's newest planetarium show features stunning images from space and ground telescopes, in addition to never-before-seen visualizations and innovative physics-based simulations.  Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, Journey to the Stars launches viewers through space and time to experience the life and death of the stars in our sky, including our own nurturing sun.

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT

Where Pink Dolphins Swim: Photographs from an Amazon Journey, by Tory Read
Through Sunday, January 16
Included with Museum admission
View the Brazilian Amazon and its people in this photography exhibit by fine art photographer Tory Read. More than 30 black-and-white images tell the documentary story of a journey down the river, and eight large-format color pinhole images convey a dreamlike impression of life along the river. Explore the natural environment, human society and culture on the river, and the contact zone between North Americans and the river's people. 

OCTOBER EVENTS

Science Lounge: The Science of Beer
Thursday, October 21, 6:30-9:30 p.m. - $8 member, $10 nonmember
(Sold out online, tickets available at the door)
Enjoy a mind-expanding experience with cocktails and entertainment every third Thursday of the month. Ages 21 and up. This month, celebrate National Chemistry Week by learning about the natural history and chemistry of the almighty ale.  Also on tap, The Big Motif, a up-and-coming band from Colorado that plays a mixture of experimental blues, psychedelic rock, reggae, and jazz. 

Amazon Voyage Behind-the-Scenes Tour
Monday, October 25, 6 p.m. - $20 member, $25 nonmember
There was once a rain forest in Castle Rock, Colorado, and Museum Chief Curator Kirk Johnson, PhD, is the scientist who made this significant discovery! Johnson reached this conclusion by comparing fossil leaves and modern rain forest leaves. He'll offer a special tour of Amazon Voyage as he discusses his contributions to the exhibition and introduces his favorite characters, Captain Mo and artist Ray Troll.

Live Bats! (Adults 21+ only)
Thursday, October 28, 7 p.m. - $8 member, $10 nonmember (21+ only)
The bats are back, featuring Rob Mies, conservation biologist, author, and director of the Organization for Bat Conservation. Meet an international delegation of some of the rarest bats in the world, including a gigantic flying fox bat from Malaysia with a nearly six-foot wingspan. Enjoy an adults-only evening with snacks and bat-inspired drinks at the cash bar.

Live Bats! (Family Program)
Saturday, October 30, 4 p.m. - $8 member, $10 nonmember, $5 child (ages 3-12)
Get in the Halloween spirit! Rob Mies, conservation biologist, author, and director of the Organization for Bat Conservation introduces an international delegation of some of the rarest bats in the world, including a gigantic flying fox bat from Malaysia with a nearly six-foot wingspan! Join in the unbridled enthusiasm as the kids clamor for the best view. Costumes are welcomed.
 
NOVEMBER EVENTS

Digital Earth: Explore the World from Space
Wednesday, November 3, 7 p.m. - $8 member, $10 nonmember
With space scientist Ka Chun Yu, PhD, as your driver and geologist Bob Raynolds, PhD, as your guide, embark on an amazing tour of Earth from the vantage of a satellite in space. On this ride, investigate the patterns and trends of energy resource distribution worldwide.

FREE Night at the Museums - Denver Arts Week
Live Samba Music and the Amazon Voyage Exhibit
Saturday, November 6, 5-10 p.m.
Listen to live Brazilian music from Sambadende and experience Amazon Voyage: Vicious Fishes & Other Riches. Take a fascinating voyage down the world's largest and most biologically diverse river and meet amazing creatures-piranhas, anacondas, electric eels, stingrays, and more. Plus experience sensational samba music and make your own fish artwork. This interactive, bilingual (English-Spanish) exhibition mixes real scientific research, light humor, and whimsical artwork into a fun, interactive experience for visitors of all ages.

Colorado Skies
Wednesday, November 10, 7 p.m. - $8 member, $10 nonmember, $5 child (ages 3−12)
Enjoy an evening of science, stories, and stars with astronomer Larry Sessions as the stars of winter begin edging over the eastern horizon and as Jupiter is high overhead at midevening. See star clusters, such as the Seven Sisters or Pleiades, the Great Orion Nebula, and a crowd favorite, the beautiful Milky Way.

SCFD Free Day
Sunday, November 14, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. - FREE Admission
Explore the wonders of the universe and enjoy Amazon Voyage, plus outstanding permanent exhibitions including Expedition Health, Space Odyssey, Prehistoric Journey, Egyptian Mummies, and more.

Science Lounge: Cruisin' the Amazon
Thursday, November 18, 6:30-9:30 p.m. - $8 member, $10 nonmember
(If sold out online, tickets available at the door)
Enjoy a mind-expanding experience with cocktails and entertainment every third Thursday of the month. Ages 21 and up. This month, go beneath the lush canopy of the Amazon rainforest. Dare to get an up-close look at mysterious live creatures, samba to a Brazilian band, make a piranha print, and pick your poison (venom, anyone?) at the cash bar. Along this river, truth is stranger than fiction.

DECEMBER EVENTS

Science Lounge
No event this month; the series continues in 2011.

SCFD Free Day
Monday, December 6, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. - FREE Admission
Explore the wonders of the universe and enjoy Amazon Voyage, plus outstanding permanent exhibitions including Expedition Health, Space Odyssey, Prehistoric Journey, Egyptian Mummies, and more.

Amazon Journey with Kirk Johnson
Wednesday, December 8, 7 p.m. - $8 member, $10 nonmember
Catch Museum Chief Curator Kirk Johnson, PhD, just off the plane from his most recent journey down the Amazon. Johnson has been studying in the Amazon for more than 15 years and was closely involved in the development of Amazon Voyage. He's got vibrant images and compelling stories to share.

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