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Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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The Denver Museum of Nature and Science is a treasured landmark of the City and boasts more than 700,000 sq. ft. of award-winning wildlife dioramas, gems & minerals, mummies, and our famous dinosaurs. The four-story West Atrium features the best view in Denver--especially sunset from the Sky Terrace.

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  • Facility & Décor Description: The Denver Museum of Nature and Science is a treasured landmark of the City and boasts over 700,000 square feet of award-winning wildlife dioramas, gems & minerals, mummies, and our famous dinosaurs. The four-story West Atrium features the best view in Denver--especially sunset from the Sky Terrace.
  • Number of Restaurants on site: 1
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  • Hours: Open daily: 9am-5pm
  • Miles to airport: 18
  • Miles to CCC: 4
  • Indoor Fire Code: 4000
  • Total Capacity (if applicable): 4000
  • Onsite Parking Spaces: 850
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  • Group Activities Description: Track animals at a state park, conduct experiments under the watchful eye of a scientist, dig for fossils, check out a show in our Planetarium or IMAX 3D Theater, and so much more! Please call us to book a group or for any other group information.
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  • LEED Certification: New Construction
  • LEED Level: Platinum
  • Green Practice Desc: ISO14001 Certified LEED CI Certification LEED NC Certification Member of Green Building Counci (USGBC) Solor Panels

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  • Description The Denver Museum of Nature and Science is a treasured landmark of the City and boasts over 700,000 square feet of award-winning wildlife dioramas, gems & minerals, mummies, and our famous dinosaurs. The four-story West Atrium features the best view in Denver--especially sunset from the Sky Terrace.
  • Largest Room 400
  • Total Sq. Ft. 35000
  • Reception Capacity 4000
  • Theatre Capacity 390
  • Catering In-house
  • Type of Venue Gallery/Museum, Special Events Venue
  • Type of Event Reception, Banquet, Meeting Theatre , Meeting Classroom
  • Banquet Capacity 400
  • Number of Rooms 6
North Atrium and Dinosaur Louge
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 7050
  • Theater Capacity: 250
  • Banquet Capacity: 420
  • Reception Capacity: 510
North Atrium
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 4150
  • Theater Capacity: 330
  • Classroom Capacity: 180
  • Banquet Capacity: 240
  • Reception Capacity: 330
South and Central Atrium
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 8725
  • Theater Capacity: 615
  • Classroom Capacity: 300
  • Banquet Capacity: 560
  • Reception Capacity: 705
South Atrium
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 4725
  • Theater Capacity: 415
  • Classroom Capacity: 200
  • Banquet Capacity: 350
  • Reception Capacity: 415
Schlessman Lobby
  • Theater Capacity: 150
  • Classroom Capacity: 60
  • Banquet Capacity: 110
  • Reception Capacity: 250
Spartlen Lounge
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 1000
  • Theater Capacity: 80
  • Classroom Capacity: 50
  • Banquet Capacity: 60
  • Reception Capacity: 100
Harry T Lewis Room
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 800
  • Theater Capacity: 40
  • Classroom Capacity: 25
  • Banquet Capacity: 50
  • Reception Capacity: 50
Anschutz Sky Terrace
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 3325
  • Reception Capacity: 250
VIP Room
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 840
  • Theater Capacity: 50
  • Classroom Capacity: 40
  • Banquet Capacity: 50
  • Reception Capacity: 50
Africa Station
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 475
  • Theater Capacity: 40
  • Classroom Capacity: 32
  • Banquet Capacity: 40
  • Reception Capacity: 40
Ricketson Auditorium
  • Theater Capacity: 250
Gates Planetarium
  • Theater Capacity: 118
Leprino Family Atrium
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 7525
  • Theater Capacity: 150
  • Banquet Capacity: 330
  • Reception Capacity: 600

Events

SPACE TOURS LIVE
Jun 15, 2017

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Blast off from your Planetarium seat into the depths of space as you learn about your place in the cosmos. A live host will accompany you on your journey as together you determine your path and navigate a three-dimensional atlas of the...

SPACE TOURS LIVE <p>Blast off from your Planetarium seat into the depths of space as you learn about your place in the cosmos. A live host will accompany you on your journey as together you determine your path and navigate a three-dimensional atlas of the known universe. You will return home with a new appreciation for the immensity, complexity, and beauty of our solar system and beyond.</p> America/North_Dakota/Center

INCREDIBLE PREDATORS 3D
Jun 16, 2017 - Oct 12, 2017

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The hunt is on. The new IMAX film Incredible Predators 3D deconstructs the world of major predators as never before, showcasing how these supreme species must be at peak performance to have any chance of success. Thermal cameras reveal the...

INCREDIBLE PREDATORS 3D <p>The hunt is on. The new IMAX film Incredible Predators 3D deconstructs the world of major predators as never before, showcasing how these supreme species must be at peak performance to have any chance of success. Thermal cameras reveal the stealth of the leopard, and extraordinary footage catches polar bears displaying their unique hunting techniques along the pack ice. Spectacular scenic and aerial views of nature’s greatest places show the how the relationship between predator and prey is a fundamental building block of ecology.</p> America/North_Dakota/Center

MYSTERIES OF CHINA 3D
Jun 16, 2017 - Oct 12, 2017

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Through the lens of one of the great archaeological events—the discovery of the iconic terracotta warriors and the first emperor’s tomb—Mysteries of China 3D reveals the underlying story of how this world superpower came to be. From modern...

MYSTERIES OF CHINA 3D <p>Through the lens of one of the great archaeological events—the discovery of the iconic terracotta warriors and the first emperor’s tomb—Mysteries of China 3D reveals the underlying story of how this world superpower came to be. From modern China to ancient times and back again, experience a visual adventure with beautiful aerial photography and cutting-edge time-lapse that reveal majesty, tragedy, and splendor in a nation that has endured for millennia.</p> America/North_Dakota/Center

60 MINUTES IN SPACE
Jun 28, 2017

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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 IMAX evening entrance on the east side of the Museum....

60 MINUTES IN SPACE <p>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 IMAX evening entrance on the east side of the Museum.</p> <p>The next 60 Minutes in Space is Tuesday, July 25.</p> America/North_Dakota/Center

INDIGENOUS FILM
Jun 14, 2017 - Nov 8, 2017

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The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is pleased to partner with the International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management and the Denver American Indian Commission to present Indigenous Film, a monthly indigenous film series....

INDIGENOUS FILM <p>The Denver Museum of Nature &amp; Science is pleased to partner with the International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management and the Denver American Indian Commission to present Indigenous Film, a monthly indigenous film series.<br />Films will be screened at the Museum’s Phipps Theater. Doors open at 6 p.m., films begin at 6:30 p.m. Please use the IMAX Evening entrance on the east side of the Museum.</p> <p>Admission is free. Concessions will be available for purchase.</p> <p><span>June 14 (Screening will take place in Ricketson Auditorium)</span><br /><span>July 12 (Screening will take place in Ricketson Auditorium)</span><br /><span>August 9</span><br /><span>September 13</span><br /><span>October 8 (Screening will take place in Ricketson Auditorium)</span><br /><span>November 8</span><br /><span>No screening in December</span></p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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With Steve Lee, PhD, space scientist Presented by the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and the Denver Film Society. Science fiction feeds the imagination and helps us to explore possible futures, our hopes and fears, and the unfolding...

SCI-FI FILM SERIES: 2001: A Space Odyssey <p>With Steve Lee, PhD, space scientist</p> <p>Presented by the Denver Museum of Nature &amp; Science and the Denver Film Society.<br />Science fiction feeds the imagination and helps us to explore possible futures, our hopes and fears, and the unfolding of technologies. Join Museum scientists and Vincent Piturro, PhD, associate professor of film and media studies at Metropolitan State University of Denver, to screen famous sci-fi films, break down the science behind these alternative possibilities, and separate fact from fiction.</p> <p>A cash bar will be available.</p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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Let the magical waters of the Gunnison River whisk you away through the high red sandstone canyon walls of the Colorado Plateau. Museum educator Jennifer Moss Logan shares stories of those who left their mark on the local landscape, from...

ARCHAEOLOGY AND WESTERN HISTORY BY CANOE ON THE GUNNISON RIVER <p>Let the magical waters of the Gunnison River whisk you away through the high red sandstone canyon walls of the Colorado Plateau. Museum educator Jennifer Moss Logan shares stories of those who left their mark on the local landscape, from ancient native peoples to the colorful characters whose adventures brought them westward. For both the adventurer and historian at heart.</p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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Cheer on local scientists turned comedians as they attempt standup 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...

PEER REVUE: STAND UP FOR SCIENCE <p>Cheer on local scientists turned comedians as they attempt standup 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.</p> <p>A cash bar will be available.</p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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With Steve Nash, PhD, anthropologist Presented by the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and the Denver Film Society. Science fiction feeds the imagination and helps us to explore possible futures, our hopes and fears, and the unfolding...

SCI-FI FILM SERIES: The Lobster <p>With Steve Nash, PhD, anthropologist</p> <p>Presented by the Denver Museum of Nature &amp; Science and the Denver Film Society.</p> <p>Science fiction feeds the imagination and helps us to explore possible futures, our hopes and fears, and the unfolding of technologies. Join Museum scientists and Vincent Piturro, PhD, associate professor of film and media studies at Metropolitan State University of Denver, to screen famous sci-fi films, break down the science behind these alternative possibilities, and separate fact from fiction.</p> <p>A cash bar will be available.</p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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Embark on a memorable weekend with astronomer Naomi Pequette, as you revel in both earthbound scenery and the breathtaking skies above. Without the interference of city lights, learn about planets, constellations, and deep space. This is...

STARGAZING BY CANOE ON THE COLORADO RIVER <p>Embark on a memorable weekend with astronomer Naomi Pequette, as you revel in both earthbound scenery and the breathtaking skies above. Without the interference of city lights, learn about planets, constellations, and deep space. This is spectacular canyon country of the Colorado Plateau, including Ruby and Horsethief Canyons, where you’ll float past stands of shiny granite sculpted by water through the ages.</p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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On August 21, a total solar eclipse will cross the United States from coast to coast for the first time in 99 years. As you prepare for this rare celestial spectacle, join Boulder author David Baron to hear the story of another great...

AMERICA’S GREAT ECLIPSES: 1878 AND 2017 <p>On August 21, a total solar eclipse will cross the United States from coast to coast for the first time in 99 years. As you prepare for this rare celestial spectacle, join Boulder author David Baron to hear the story of another great American eclipse, which traversed Colorado in 1878 and lured the era’s preeminent scientists to the Wild West. Among the eclipse chasers that year were Vassar astronomer Maria Mitchell, who assembled an all-female expedition to Denver to show what women could do in science, and a young Thomas Edison, who shortly thereafter lit the world with his most famous invention. Baron will also provide tips on viewing this summer’s eclipse, which will be easiest to see to the north of Colorado, where the moon’s shadow will darken a narrow path across Wyoming and Nebraska. Baron is the author of American Eclipse: A Nation's Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World. Book sale and signing to follow.</p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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Work it! Solve engineering challenges with insight from living machines in the temporary exhibition Nature’s Amazing Machines. Humans have mimed and mimicked the ingenuity of the natural world to create solutions for everyday problems....

THE SCIENCE LOUNGE: YOUR MACHINE INSIDE <p>Work it! Solve engineering challenges with insight from living machines in the temporary exhibition Nature’s Amazing Machines. Humans have mimed and mimicked the ingenuity of the natural world to create solutions for everyday problems. Invent your own machines based on the mechanics of animals with a drink in hand. Ages 21+. Cash bar.</p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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Experience fascinating rock formations from the age of the dinosaurs and paddle your way along the Colorado River with educator Samantha Sands as your timetravel guide. Camping along the river’s banks and exploring a deep box canyon will...

DINOSAURS BY CANOE ON THE COLORADO RIVER <p>Experience fascinating rock formations from the age of the dinosaurs and paddle your way along the Colorado River with educator Samantha Sands as your timetravel guide. Camping along the river’s banks and exploring a deep box canyon will leave you awed by the immensity of geologic time.</p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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With Ka Chun Yu, PhD, space scientist and Andrew Pantos, PhD, Associate Professor of English & Linguistics Presented by the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and the Denver Film Society. Science fiction feeds the imagination and...

SCI-FI FILM SERIES: ARRIVAL <p>With Ka Chun Yu, PhD, space scientist and Andrew Pantos, PhD, Associate Professor of English &amp; Linguistics</p> <p>Presented by the Denver Museum of Nature &amp; Science and the Denver Film Society.</p> <p>Science fiction feeds the imagination and helps us to explore possible futures, our hopes and fears, and the unfolding of technologies. Join Museum scientists and Vincent Piturro, PhD, associate professor of film and media studies at Metropolitan State University of Denver, to screen famous sci-fi films, break down the science behind these alternative possibilities, and separate fact from fiction.</p> <p>A cash bar will be available.</p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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Folklorist Thomas DuBois unravels the history of Nordic religions from the Viking Age and shows how these ancient beliefs and their oral traditions incorporated both local and foreign influences. DuBois examines Anglo-Saxon, Celtic, and...

After Hours: VIKING RELIGION AND CHRISTIANITY <p>Folklorist Thomas DuBois unravels the history of Nordic religions from the Viking Age and shows how these ancient beliefs and their oral traditions incorporated both local and foreign influences.</p> <p>DuBois examines Anglo-Saxon, Celtic, and Mediterranean traditions and has found Nordic parallels in concepts of supernatural beings, cults of the dead, beliefs in ghosts, and magical practices. These views were actively held alongside Christianity for many years. DuBois is the Halls-Bascom professor of Scandinavian studies, folklore, and religious studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and author of Nordic Religions in the Viking Age.</p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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The moon will be throwing some serious shade on Earth, so let’s prepare for a total eclipse of the heart, or sun. Find out what causes an eclipse and get the lowdown on safely viewing the event (which will happen Monday, August 21). View...

THE SCIENCE LOUNGE: TOTAL ECLIPSE <p>The moon will be throwing some serious shade on Earth, so let’s prepare for a total eclipse of the heart, or sun. Find out what causes an eclipse and get the lowdown on safely viewing the event (which will happen Monday, August 21). View the sun with solar telescopes, then explore orbits in Space Odyssey while sipping a dark cocktail at the bar. Ages 21+. Cash bar.</p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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With guide Bob Raynolds, Earth Sciences research associate, marvel at colorful sandstone walls hundreds of feet high and explore canyons and ancient rock art. During this five-day journey, canoe down this epic stretch of river, hike and...

GEOLOGY AND ARCHAEOLOGY BY CANOE ON THE UPPER GUNNISON RIVER <p>With guide Bob Raynolds, Earth Sciences research associate, marvel at colorful sandstone walls hundreds of feet high and explore canyons and ancient rock art. During this five-day journey, canoe down this epic stretch of river, hike and explore the Dominguez Canyon Wilderness Area with waterfalls and petroglyphs, and camp along the river’s edge.</p> America/North_Dakota/Center

WOLVES OF YELLOWSTONE
Aug 30, 2017

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Uncover the complex lives of gray wolves with Museum instructor Sue Ware, PhD, as your guide to this member of the canine family. Rooted in firsthand research from six years as a contributor to the Wolf Recovery Project in Yellowstone...

WOLVES OF YELLOWSTONE <p><span>Uncover the complex lives of gray wolves with Museum instructor Sue Ware, PhD, as your guide to this member of the canine family. Rooted in firsthand research from six years as a contributor to the Wolf Recovery Project in Yellowstone National Park, Ware will highlight the work she does with wolves that have died in order to determine the age at death, trauma, disease, and cause of death. Learn what the physical remains of these gray wolves are teaching researchers about the evolution, behavior, and success of the reintroduction of this apex predator back into Yellowstone’s modern ecosystem. Then find out how the impact of disease, trauma and injury on the lives of the gray wolves can benefit other wildlife studies being conducted in Yellowstone.</span></p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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Despite having been on the planet for more than 100 million years and outliving the dinosaurs, nearly all seven sea turtle species are now on the brink of extinction. During this special screening of the film Saving Sea Turtles, narrated by...

SEA TURTLE RACE TO SALVATION <p>Despite having been on the planet for more than 100 million years and outliving the dinosaurs, nearly all seven sea turtle species are now on the brink of extinction. During this special screening of the film Saving Sea Turtles, narrated by legendary marine biologist Dr. Sylvia Earle, you will discover the courageous collaborative efforts of scientists and citizens to save the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle. Tyler Lyson, curator of vertebrate paleontology and turtle evolution expert, will set the stage as you consider the turtle’s ancient past, and filmmakers Jenny Ting and Michele Gomes will share behind-the-scenes stories and more insight into the efforts to protect these animals from habitat fragmentation and other related issues of endangerment caused by humans.</p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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Osa and Martin Johnson were movie stars of epic proportion. The paparazzi of the 1920s followed them everywhere, documenting their comings and goings. When they released their African adventure film Simba in 1928, it was an instant success...

TWO LOST FILMS FROM THE ARCHIVE: “NAKED MAN VS BEAST” AND “ABYSSINIA REVISITED” <p>Osa and Martin Johnson were movie stars of epic proportion. The paparazzi of the 1920s followed them everywhere, documenting their comings and goings. When they released their African adventure film Simba in 1928, it was an instant success and the two became even greater celebrities. The featurette Naked Man Vs Beast, not screened since the 1930s is adapted from that film and cannot be seen anywhere else in the world. In 1926 Alfred M. Bailey traveled to Abyssinia, now known as Ethiopia, with the Field Museum and financed by Chicago Daily News. Museum archivists found four reels of film hidden in Bailey’s collection with some extraordinary content. With the help of Cinema Lab, we’ve reedited the film with an original musical score to be performed live. The Museum’s image archivists will kick off the program with a short lecture on the beauty of these rare films, the preservation work, and how we’re saving films that would otherwise be lost forever.<br /> <br />Please call 303-370-6000 to purchase tickets.</p> America/North_Dakota/Center

Ultimate Dinosaurs
Oct 6, 2017 - Jan 15, 2018

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Meet T. rex's biggest, baddest, newest members of the family! The exhibition Ultimate Dinosaurs goes beyond familiar dinosaurs to showcase some of the most spectacular fossils unearthed in recent years. Evolving in isolation, the new...

Ultimate Dinosaurs <p>Meet T. rex's biggest, baddest, newest members of the family! The exhibition Ultimate Dinosaurs goes beyond familiar dinosaurs to showcase some of the most spectacular fossils unearthed in recent years. Evolving in isolation, the new discoveries from Africa, South America, and Madagascar are among the strangest creatures you've ever met.</p> <p>Wander among dozens of life-size fossils and casts, and use augmented reality to watch them in lifelike settings. Activities for all ages explore how the continents changed and influenced dinosaur evolution, how fossils form, and the processes that lead to new science. From the tiny Eoraptor to the massive Giganotosaurus, you will see why human curiosity about these prehistoric legends will never go extinct.</p> America/North_Dakota/Center

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