Top Programs and Events at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science in October and November

Top Programs and Events at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science in October and November

BLOCKBUSTER EXHIBITION

NEW! A Day in Pompeii

Now Open

What nature destroyed, it also preserved. Hundreds of exceptional artifacts offer an insider's glimpse into the daily life-and tragic end-of this ancient Roman city that was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. These archaeological treasures lay buried in Pompeii's ruins, preserved as if sealed in a time capsule. Highlights include marble and bronze sculptures, jewelry, gold coins, everyday household items, and more. Visitors will uncover the treasures of a city steeped in legend, examine casts of the volcano's victims frozen in their last moments, and discover the power of volcanoes past and present.

IMAX

NEW! Deep Sea 3D

Opens Friday, October 5

Dive deep and swim with some of the most extraordinary sea creatures ever seen on the IMAX 3D screen.Deep Sea 3Dis an underwater adventure that transports audiences way down below the ocean surface. Encounter some of nature's mysterious and colorful creatures, from the unusual wolf eel to the giant Pacific octopus to the fearsome-looking sand tiger shark. Discover their peculiar and amazing behavior, and how they rely on one another for survival. Narrated by Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, with an original score by Danny Elfman,Deep Sea 3Dtakes viewers on a magical journey to places that most of us have never been.

PLANETARUIM

NEW! SuperVolcanoes

Now Showing

SuperVolcanoesexplores rare types of volcanic eruptions that marshal the energy that lurks, like a sleeping dragon, beneath the surface of planet Earth. In this unique immersive experience, audiences will explore the impact of volcanism on Earth and other worlds in our solar system. Can a supervolcano erupt in our own time? The answer is surprisingly close to home.

OCTOBER EVENTS

Volcanoes on the Verge

Tuesday, October 2, 7 p.m., $8 member, $10 nonmember

Did you know that one of the world's largest volcanoes is under Yellowstone National Park? Or that one of the most active volcanoes in the world has a city with a million residents at its base? In an effort to prevent a modern-day Pompeii, volcanologist Ken Sims, PhD, associate professor at the University of Wyoming, travels the globe and rappels into the fiery hearts of volcanoes, measuring gases and collecting "zero-age" chunks of fresh lava. Marvel at his life in the field, and learn where and when the biggest threats might erupt.

Science Lounge: Superheroes Assemble!
Thursday, October 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,come dressed as your favorite comic book idol for the chance to win our costume contest. Test your super powers and discover how much it would actually take to lift a car or leap tall buildings in a single bound. Debunk the Spiderman movies with the Museum's spider expert, and face The Hulk, our signature cocktail.

James Luna 

Performance & exhibition premiere: Wednesday, October 3, and Friday, October 5, 7 p.m., $15 member, $18 nonmember

Acclaimed performance artist James Luna is coming to Denver and bringing a unique art installation this fall for our own Crane North American Indian Cultures Hall. Luna's work addresses themes related to American Indian stereotypes and history. During a special lecture in August, Luna will lay the groundwork for the art installation and discuss his artistic process, which included examining the Museum's anthropology collections and exhibits as a source of inspiration. In October, enjoy a performance by Luna as well as the premiere of his installation.

SCFD Community FREE Day

Sunday, October 14, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., FREE

Enjoy outstanding permanent exhibitions including Expedition Health, Space Odyssey, Prehistoric Journey, and Egyptian Mummies.

Live Bats!

Adults only: Friday, October 19, 7 p.m., Families: Saturday, October 20, noon or 2 p.m., $12 adult member, $15 adult nonmember, $8 child (3-12)

Live Bats returns to Denver! Rob Mies, director of the Organization for Bat Conservation, will introduce you to 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. Choose from two experiences: an adults-only evening or a family program where you can join in the kids' unbridled enthusiasm. Costumes welcomed!

NOVEMBER EVENTS

Titanaboa, the World's Largest Snake

Thursday, November 1, 7 p.m., $8 member, $10 nonmember

It's a rather overwhelming thought, but a 49-foot, 2,500-pound snake once slithered on Earth! Fortunately, this was about 60 million years ago. Vertebrae from this gigantic reptile was excavated from Cerrejón, the world's biggest open-pit coal mine, during a fossil-hunting expedition in Colombia. Jason Head, curator of vertebrate paleontology at the University of Nebraska State Museum, and a team of scientists described the species and named it Titanoboa. Join Head to hear more about unearthing Titanoboa and how this behemoth of yesterday tells us about the world we're living in today.

Denver Art Week's Night at the Museums

Saturday, November 3, 5 p.m.-9 p.m., FREE (timed tickets are required for A Day in Pompeii and advanced ticket purchase is highly recommended)

As a highlight of Denver Arts Week, the community's greatest cultural attractions open their doors for free on this Saturday night. Visitors to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science will enjoy extended hours to see A Day in Pompeii, the temporary art installation, "Making Do," by James Luna, and permanent exhibitions including Expedition Health, Space Odyssey, Prehistoric Journey, and Egyptian Mummies.

Digital Earth: Fossils of the Grand Staircase

Thursday, November 8, 7 p.m. $8 member, $10 nonmember

Grand Staircase-Escalate National Monument in Utah is one of the last great frontiers for dinosaur discovery. Located in an extremely remote and wild area, the area spans nearly 1.9 million acres, with stunning and expansive exposures of Cretaceous-aged rocks preserving a record of past life between 95 and 74 million years ago. Most of the unearthed fossils are new to science and among the best representatives of their kind in North America. With paleontologists Ian Miller and Joe Sertich as your guides and Ka Chun Yu as your driver, you'll explore the latest discoveries from Escalante through panoramas, maps, satellite imagery, and 3D fossil models.

Science Lounge: Libations in Exotic Locations
Thursday, November 15, 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,Climb aboard a global cruise as you visit ports of call from Australia to the Galapagos via the Museum's diorama halls. Recreate your favorite destination with a mini diorama while we thrill you with tales from historic expeditions. You won't bag any big game, but you'll hunt for hidden elves and relax to the sound of Dizzy Fingers in the piano lounge.

SCFD Community FREE Day

Monday, November 19, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., FREE

Enjoy outstanding permanent exhibitions including Expedition Health, Space Odyssey, Prehistoric Journey, and Egyptian Mummies.

MEDIA CONTACT

Charlotte Hurley: 303-370-6407, Charlotte.Hurley@dmns.org

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About the Denver Museum of Nature & Science
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is the Rocky Mountain Region's leading resource for informal science education. A variety of engaging exhibits, discussions and activities help Museum visitors celebrate and understand the natural wonders of Colorado, Earth and the universe. The Museum is located at 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO, 80205.  To learn more about the Museum, check www.dmns.org, or call 303-370-6000.
 

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