Denver Museum of Nature & Science June, July, August Programs



Through June 10 • • free with general admission

They light up our lives, but have you ever wondered how? Delve into the world of living things that blink, glow, flash and flicker, from tiny fireflies to strange creatures in the ocean depths. The new exhibition “Creatures of Light” features larger-than-life models, engaging immersive environments, fun activities and real animals, fungi and minerals that get their glow on.


Opens July 20 • • free with admission

Enter “Mindbender Mansion,” a quirky experience full of puzzles, brainteasers, and interactive challenges that put minds of all ages to the test. Gather hidden clues to reveal secret passwords scattered throughout thematic rooms as you identify patterns, think ahead, use logical reasoning, and look at problems from different perspectives. Think outside the box and collaborate with other mansion guests as you manipulate a tilt table, keep up with a conveyer belt, and try to beat the clock in hopscotch spelling. Grab your family, friends, or school and youth group and enjoy some time putting your heads together in “Mindbender Mansion”!  


Through Sept. 3 • • special ticket required • advance reservations highly recommended

“Dead Sea Scrolls,” the exhibition that has captivated millions, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see authentic Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient manuscripts that include the oldest known biblical documents dating back over 2,000 years. In addition, more than 600 artifacts from the ancient Middle East immerse guests in historic traditions and beliefs that continue to impact world cultures today.


The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is participating in Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 U.S. museums to offer free general admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel and up to five members of their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2018. More information is available at



June 18 • 7 p.m. • Phipps IMAX Theater • $12 Museum or TNC member, $15 nonmember

“Pandas 3D” follows a curious panda cub named Qian Qian, born at Chengdu Panda Base in China, as she prepares for life on her own. Her journey is steered by a team of international scientists whose work is inspired by a rehabilitation program for black bear cubs in rural New Hampshire. After this special screening, Charles Bedford, Asia-Pacific region managing director for The Nature Conservancy, will discuss the organization’s efforts to build relationships with regional leaders to develop next-generation conservation solutions that benefit nature and people. Enjoy coffee and dessert following the presentation. Presented in partnership with The Nature Conservancy Colorado.


June 20 • 7 p.m. • Phipps Theater • $12 member, $15 nonmember • Book sale and signing

Join award-winning New York Times columnist and popular science author, Carl Zimmer, and Chip Colwell, senior curator of anthropology and editor-in-chief of the digital magazine “Sapiens,” for a conversation about the force that has shaped human society— and is about to shape our future even more radically: heredity. In his new book “She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity,” Zimmer presents a history of heredity. Weaving historical and current scientific research and his own experience with his two daughters, Zimmer ultimately unpacks urgent bioethical quandaries arising from new biomedical technologies, as well as long-standing presumptions about who we really are and what we can pass on to future generations. Cosponsored with “Sapiens,”


June 21 • 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. • $13 member, $15 nonmember

Enjoy a mind-expanding experience with cocktails and entertainment the third Thursday of the month. For ages 21 and up. This month, sex-changing fish?! Sea slugs that are both male and female?! Dive under the sea to explore fabulously fantastic marine life. Whet your curiosity by investigating coral and sea shells from the Museum’s collections and learn more about preserving the kaleidoscope of ocean biodiversity. Presented in partnership with the GLBT Community Center of Colorado as part of Denver PrideFest Week.


June 28 • 6 or 8 p.m. • Gates Planetarium • $15 member, $18 nonmember • Ages 21+

Strap on your space boots for a crash course in constellations and galactic hijinks with a pair of cosmically comical astronomers. It’s part stand-up, part science, part history and all parts fun. Cash bar opens 30 minutes before showtime, so come early and grab a drink.



July 5 • 4 – 10 p.m. • FREE

Enjoy SCFD Community Free Day … during the evening! Enjoy your Museum favorites and fun activities as well as discounted admission to “Dead Sea Scrolls.”


July 11 – August 15 • 7 p.m. • $12 Museum or DFS member, $15 nonmember, $8 student (per film)

A summertime favorite is back! Various Museum scientists and Vincent Piturro, associate professor of film and media studies at Metropolitan State University of Denver, join together to host screenings of famous sci-fi films and lead discussions to break down the science behind these alternative possibilities. Tickets at

July 11 • “ExMachina” • Sie Film Center

July 18 • “2010” with space scientist Steve Lee • Phipps Theater

July 25 • “Dark City” with space educator Naomi Pequette • Sie Film Center

August 1 • “Annihilation” with health scientist Nicole Garneau • Phipps Theater

August 8 • “The Shape of Water” with zoologist Jeff Stephenson • Phipps Theater

August 15 • “Blade Runner 2049” with space scientist Ka Chun Yu • Sie Film Center


July 13 • ages 13–18 only • free

Teens take over the Museum at this totally free, uniquely teen night. Venture through Museum exhibits, get hands-on with entertaining activities, jam to live music, and win awesome giveaways. Chill with friends and eat free snacks after hours! Check out for details. Sponsored by Lincoln Hills Cares.


July 31 • 7 p.m. • Phipps Theater • $12 member, $15 nonmember

Encore lecture! Denver is fortunate to have a renowned local Dead Sea Scrolls scholar, Dr. Alison Schofield, associate professor of Hebrew Bible and Judaic studies at the University of Denver. She is recognized internationally for her scholarship of the scrolls and was recently entrusted with leading an extensive multiyear project to create a new translation, edition, and commentary on the charter text of the Dead Sea Scrolls, entitled “The Community Rule.” She has published extensively and participated with other preeminent scholars around the world to address many of the central questions related to the scrolls and some of the mysteries that still surround them. Join Schofield for an engaging evening as she shares stories from her research and fieldwork in Qumran.



August 9 • 7 p.m. • Gates Planetarium • $20 member, $25 nonmember

Join us to hoist a glass of fine Shiraz at our first Digital Earth adventure devoted to wine. Your hosts Bob Raynolds and Ka Chun Yu will use the Gates Planetarium dome to transport you to the ancient city of Shiraz to explore the development of vineyards in Iran and the Middle East, then travel on to consider some of the varieties known as Shiraz grown in France and Australia. The evening will feature tours of vineyards and discussions of terroir, crowned by a wine tasting.


August 13 • 4 – 10 p.m. • FREE

Enjoy your Museum favorites and special family-friendly activities as well as free admission to “Mindbender Mansion” and discounted admission to “Dead Sea Scrolls.”


August 23 • 7:30 p.m. • Science Atrium • $12 member, $15 nonmember

Cheer on local scientists turned comedians as they attempt stand-up for the first time and wax hilarious about the unique nuances of their work. This one-of-a-kind comedy night for science fans will get you laughing with (and at!) some of the biggest brains in town. Learn more at Ages 18+. Cash bar.


August 25 • 9 – 11 a.m. • member: $12 adult, $8 child/junior; nonmember: $15 adult, $10 child/junior

The Dead Sea Scrolls come alive in this interactive and fun program! This is a chance for the whole family to see the exhibition together and learn more about daily life in the ancient Middle East.


August 28 • 7 p.m. • $12 member, $15 nonmember • Phipps Theater • Book sale & signing

On July 14, 2015, a tiny human-made speck of metal loaded with humankind’s best technologies and curiosity shot past the mysterious ice-worlds of the Pluto system, giving humanity an incredible new wealth of information about the fringe of our solar system. Coauthors of “Chasing New Horizons: Inside the First Mission to Pluto,” Dr. Alan Stern (lead on the mission) and Dr. David Grinspoon (noted astrobiologist), take us behind the scenes of this historic mission to tell the story of focused hard work, political struggles both within and outside of NASA, and a decades-long commitment to discovery. Hear the tenacious tale of a group of people working toward an incredible goal, and ask your questions about the history that is still being written in the stars.


August 30 • 6 or 8 p.m. • Gates Planetarium • $12 member, $15 nonmember

In 1979, the Museum produced “The Last Question,” a planetarium show based on a short story by acclaimed science fiction writer Isaac Asimov and narrated by the legendary Leonard Nimoy. The story takes place in 2061 and begins with a simple question posed to a computer. Now you can experience the cerebral tale as never before during this totally out-there event combining visual elements digitized from the original glass slides, Nimoy’s voiceover, and today’s advanced planetarium technology. Swing by the cash bar before the show and see items from the Museum archives, including objects related to Asimov and Nimoy. Dr. Ka Chun Yu, curator of space science, will lead a Q&A after the program.


For a complete list of films, visit


Some of your Hollywood favorites are coming to Phipps IMAX Theater! The Museum is adding previously released cinematic features to our IMAX lineup. Daytime and evening showings will be available. Find the schedule and ticket information @


Tap your toe across the nation as you experience the sounds of jazz, blues, zydeco and old-time country music and see how they have shaped our distinctive musical heritage. In “America’s Musical Journey 3D,” singer-songwriter Aloe Blacc takes you to vibrant places where American music was born, from New Orleans to New York City. Meet artists, music makers and innovators who are impacting culture today with the enduring risk-taking spirit that created a national soundtrack unlike any other in the world. 


“Jerusalem 3D” immerses you in one of the world’s most fascinating 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, and follow the path of archaeologists revealing some of the mysteries of the Old City. Rare and breathtaking footage of the Holy Land make this a stunning cinematic experience. This film is a perfect complement to the exhibition “Dead Sea Scrolls,” opening in March.


Meet a very curious panda cub named Qian Qian, who was born at Chengdu Panda Base in China, as she prepares for an exciting new adventure living in the mountains of Sichuan. Follow Qian Qian as she takes her first steps outside her protected habitat, discovering her true animal nature, even as she faces the challenges of the unknown. The beautiful footage filmed on location in China shows why pandas are so irresistible.

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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. Our mission is to be a catalyst and ignite the community’s passion for nature and science. The Museum offers a wide variety of engaging exhibitions, programs, activities, and scientific research to inspire public appreciation and understanding of the wonders of Colorado, Earth, and the universe. The Museum is located at 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO, 80205. Information: or 303.370.6000. Many of the Museum’s educational programs and exhibits are made possible in part by the citizens of the seven-county metro area through the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District. The Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Connect with the Museum on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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