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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 and 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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  • 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
  • Motor Coach Parking:
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  • Activities/Tours for Leisure/Business groups:
  • 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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  • 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
  • Complimentary Internet:
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  • Colorado Environmental Leadership Program:
  • Energy Star Rated:
  • Green Seal Certified:
  • LEED Certified:
  • 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 13
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

Jun 20, 2019

Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity
Nov 9, 2018 - Dec 12, 2019

There's a place from which nothing escapes, not even light, where time and space literally come to end. It's at this point, inside this fantastic riddle, that black holes exert their sway over the cosmos … and our imaginations. In this...

Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity <p>There's a place from which nothing escapes, not even light, where time and space literally come to end. It's at this point, inside this fantastic riddle, that black holes exert their sway over the cosmos … and our imaginations.</p> <p>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. Mathematical equations, cutting-edge science, and Einstein's theories fill in holes along the way, providing the most complete picture yet on this mysterious phenomenon. Can you feel the pull?</p> 2001 Colorado Blvd. Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Jun 20, 2019

Cosmic Journey: A Solar System Adventure
Nov 9, 2018 - Dec 9, 2019

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 , you'll travel through our solar system faster than the...

Cosmic Journey: A Solar System Adventure <p>Volcanoes tower 80,000 feet above a barren surface. Monstrous hurricanes rage for 400 years. And multicolored rings sit suspended in air.</p> <p>In <em>Cosmic Journey: A Solar System Adventure</em>, you'll travel through our solar system faster than the speed of light, taking in the wonders of the planets and their moons.</p> 2001 Colorado Blvd. Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Jun 20, 2019

Destination Solar System
Dec 2, 2018 - Dec 19, 2019

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...

Destination Solar System <p>Explore space like never before in the live show Destination Solar System!</p> <p>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.</p> 2001 Colorado Blvd. Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Jun 20, 2019

One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure
Nov 9, 2018 - Dec 12, 2019

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...

One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure <p><em>One World, One Sky</em> 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.</p> <p>This cross-cultural adventure opens children's eyes to the sky, helping them see how people all over the world are connected.</p> <p> </p> 2001 Colorado Blvd. Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Jun 20, 2019

Science is a Drag
Jun 20, 2019

Enjoy a mind-expanding experience with cocktails and entertainment the third Thursday of the month. For ages 21 and up. This month, it’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a drag queen?! Earn your bedazzled wings during a night dedicated to the...

Science is a Drag <p>Enjoy a mind-expanding experience with cocktails and entertainment the third Thursday of the month. For ages 21 and up. This month, it’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a drag queen?!</p> <p>Earn your bedazzled wings during a night dedicated to the physics of flight while looking fly. Find out what it takes to get airborne — a little drag, a little lift, a little weight and a lot of thrust! With special appearances by Mile High KINGdom Drag Kings and Dixie Krystals. Presented in partnership with The Center on Colfax as part of Denver PrideFest.</p> 2001 Colorado Blvd. Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Jun 20, 2019

Space Tours Live
Jun 15, 2017 - Jun 20, 2019

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> 2001 Colorado Blvd. Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Jun 20, 2019

Superpower Dogs 3D
Mar 14, 2019 - Jan 1, 2020

Best friend, indeed. You will be awed by the life-saving superpowers and extraordinary bravery of some of the world’s most amazing dogs. In this inspiring story, journey around the globe to follow remarkable dogs that save lives and share a...

Superpower Dogs 3D <p>Best friend, indeed. You will be awed by the life-saving superpowers and extraordinary bravery of some of the world’s most amazing dogs. In this inspiring story, journey around the globe to follow remarkable dogs that save lives and share a powerful bond with their human partners.</p> <p>Meet the superhero canines:</p> <p>Halo, a rookie puppy training to join one of the most elite disaster response teams in America<br />Henry, an avalanche rescue expert in the Canadian Rockies<br />Reef, a Newfoundland lifeguard with the Italian coast guard<br />Ricochet, a California surf legend helping people with special needs<br />Tipper and Tony, the bloodhound brothers, leading the fight to save endangered species in Africa</p> 2001 Colorado Blvd. Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Jun 20, 2019

Volcanoes 3D: The Fires of Creation
Jan 24, 2019 - Aug 21, 2019

Marvel at one of nature’s most breathtaking shows as you explore molten worlds and exploding craters across the globe. For billions of years, volcanoes have helped create the world we know. The continents, the air we breathe, even life...

Volcanoes 3D: The Fires of Creation <p>Marvel at one of nature’s most breathtaking shows as you explore molten worlds and exploding craters across the globe. </p> <p>For billions of years, volcanoes have helped create the world we know. The continents, the air we breathe, even life itself all have their origins in fire. These processes have created extraordinary ecosystems and wildlife habitats. With more than 500 active volcanoes, the Earth is bursting at the seams with these forces of “mass construction.” </p> <p>Travel alongside intrepid explorer Carsten Peter as you dodge boulders at the edge of an active volcano in Indonesia, descend to a lava lake in Vanuatu, visit incredible mineral deposit fields in Ethiopia, and explore the archaeological ghost town of Pompeii.</p> <p>Run Time: 45 minutes</p> 2001 Colorado Blvd. Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Jun 20, 2019

Science Riot
Jun 27, 2019

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...

Science Riot <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>Ages 18+. Cash bar.</p> 2001 Colorado Blvd. Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Jun 20, 2019

The Scientific & Cultural Facilities District is a voter-approved special district in the seven-county metro area that provides a stable source of supplemental funding to more than 300 scientific and cultural organizations inside the...

Denver Museum of Nature & Science Free Night <p>The Scientific &amp; Cultural Facilities District is a voter-approved special district in the seven-county metro area that provides a stable source of supplemental funding to more than 300 scientific and cultural organizations inside the district's boundaries. The SCFD collects a one-tenth of 1 percent sales-and-use tax (or one penny on every $10 spent), providing approximately $40 million each year to area cultural attractions both small and large.</p> <p><br />Museum Admission is free on the dates listed below. To add a temporary exhibit, IMAX or Planetarium show, purchase tickets at the Museum on the Free Day; upgrade rates apply. Reservations and amenities (lunchroom, coat and lunch storage, bus drop off, etc.) for school groups are not available on SCFD Community Free Days.</p> <p>Monday, January 7<br />Sunday, January 27<br />Monday, February 11<br />Wednesday, April 3 (NIGHT &#8211; 5pm-10pm)<br />Sunday, April 28 (Día del Niño)<br />Sunday, June 2<br />Tuesday, July 2 (NIGHT &#8211; 5pm-10pm)<br />Monday, August 26<br />Sunday, September 29<br />Monday, October 14<br />Sunday, November 17<br />Sunday, December 8</p> 2001 Colorado Blvd. Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Jun 20, 2019

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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 time-travel guide. Camping along the river’s banks and exploring Dominquez 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 time-travel guide.</p> <p>Camping along the river’s banks and exploring Dominquez Canyon will leave you awed by the immensity of geologic time.</p> , CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Jun 20, 2019

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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.

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.</p> , CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Jun 20, 2019

Leonardo da Vinci’s eclectic interests inspired him to explore technological and scientific potentials that his contemporaries could not imagine. He constantly innovated as he designed imaginative machines and created highly original works...

Art into Science, Science into Art <p>Leonardo da Vinci’s eclectic interests inspired him to explore technological and scientific potentials that his contemporaries could not imagine. He constantly innovated as he designed imaginative machines and created highly original works of art. Dr. George R. Bent, Sidney Gause Childress Professor of the Arts at Washington and Lee University, examines one of Leonardo’s most important scientific exercises—his detailed study of human anatomy—and connects this work to his truly advanced approach to representing the human form in his paintings. Leonardo’s art, we will see, depended on his scientific discoveries, but his scientific contributions, we will also see, could not have been articulated without his total mastery of art.<br /> <br />All sales are final unless the museum cancels the event.</p> 2001 Colorado Blvd. Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Jun 20, 2019

Denver Museum of Nature & Science Free Day
Jan 7, 2019 - Dec 8, 2019

The Scientific & Cultural Facilities District is a voter-approved special district in the seven-county metro area that provides a stable source of supplemental funding to more than 300 scientific and cultural organizations inside the...

Denver Museum of Nature & Science Free Day <p>The Scientific &amp; Cultural Facilities District is a voter-approved special district in the seven-county metro area that provides a stable source of supplemental funding to more than 300 scientific and cultural organizations inside the district's boundaries. The SCFD collects a one-tenth of 1 percent sales-and-use tax (or one penny on every $10 spent), providing approximately $40 million each year to area cultural attractions both small and large.</p> <p>Museum Admission is free on the dates listed below. To add a temporary exhibit, IMAX or Planetarium show, purchase tickets at the Museum on the Free Day; upgrade rates apply. Reservations and amenities (lunchroom, coat and lunch storage, bus drop off, etc.) for school groups are not available on SCFD Community Free Days.</p> <p>Monday, January 7<br />Sunday, January 27<br />Monday, February 11<br />Wednesday, April 3 (NIGHT &#8211; 5pm-10pm)<br />Sunday, April 28 (Día del Niño)<br />Sunday, June 2<br />Tuesday, July 2 (NIGHT &#8211; 5pm-10pm)<br />Monday, August 26<br />Sunday, September 29<br />Monday, October 14<br />Sunday, November 17<br />Sunday, December 8</p> 2001 Colorado Blvd. Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Jun 20, 2019

The Science Behind Pixar
Oct 11, 2019 - Mar 29, 2020

Enjoy a unique look into the Pixar process, and explore the science and technology behind some of the most beloved animated films and their characters with The Science Behind Pixar. This interactive exhibition showcases the science,...

The Science Behind Pixar <p>Enjoy a unique look into the Pixar process, and explore the science and technology behind some of the most beloved animated films and their characters with The Science Behind Pixar. This interactive exhibition showcases the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts used by the artists and computer scientists who help bring Pixar’s award-winning films to the big screen.</p> <p>With more than 50 interactive elements, the exhibition’s eight sections each focus on a step in the filmmaking process to give you an unparalleled view of the production pipeline and concepts used at Pixar every day. Participate in fun, engaging hands-on activities, listen to firsthand accounts from members of the studios’ production teams, and even come face-to-face with re-creations of your favorite Pixar film characters, including Buzz Lightyear, Dory, Mike and Sulley, Edna Mode, and WALL•E!</p> 2001 Colorado Blvd. Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

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