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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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  • 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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  • 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
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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 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

EL ALBRIJE
Sep 9, 2017 - Jan 30, 2018

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The Denver Museum of Nature & Science features the new display, El Alebrije: Una historia en común, brought to Denver in collaboration with the Museo de Arte Popular and the Mexican Cultural Center of Denver with support from the...

EL ALBRIJE <p>The Denver Museum of Nature &amp; Science features the new display, El Alebrije: Una historia en común, brought to Denver in collaboration with the Museo de Arte Popular and the Mexican Cultural Center of Denver with support from the Consulate General of Mexico. The alebrijes are beautiful, brightly colored Mexican folk art sculptures depicting wild and mythical creatures, handcrafted by artisans in Mexico.</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

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
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Prost! Get into the Oktoberfest frame of mind as we delve into complex world of beer. Find out how the lineage of yeast affects the flavors of your favorite pint and explore your sense of taste. Celebrate the art of brewing while mixing...

THE SCIENCE LOUNGE: BEER <p>Prost! Get into the Oktoberfest frame of mind as we delve into complex world of beer. Find out how the lineage of yeast affects the flavors of your favorite pint and explore your sense of taste.</p> <p>Celebrate the art of brewing while mixing with local beer experts</p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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Does your family have chemistry? It’s time to prove it in this wacky workshop! Your family will really “bond” over some colorful chemistry demonstrations and a chance to work together to build density towers and polymers.

FAMILY "CHEMICAL" BONDS <p>Does your family have chemistry? It’s time to prove it in this wacky workshop! Your family will really “bond” over some colorful chemistry demonstrations and a chance to work together to build density towers and polymers.</p> America/North_Dakota/Center

After Hours at the Museum
Aug 27, 2017 - Nov 2, 2017

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Encounter new ideas, cutting-edge science, and captivating individuals. Reservations are encouraged for all After Hours events. Please visit our online ticketing store. You may also call us at 303.370.6000, Daily, 9-5.

After Hours at the Museum <p>Encounter new ideas, cutting-edge science, and captivating individuals.<br /><br />Reservations are encouraged for all After Hours events. Please visit our online ticketing store. You may also call us at 303.370.6000, Daily, 9-5.</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
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Celebrate the achievements of the Cassini mission! Cassini will end its 20-plus-years since its launch with what NASA calls the “grand finale,” a dive into Saturn’s atmosphere ending in self-destruction. Museum scientist Steve Lee and a...

After Hours at the Museum: CASSINI: THE GRAND FINALE <p>Celebrate the achievements of the Cassini mission! Cassini will end its 20-plus-years since its launch with what NASA calls the “grand finale,” a dive into Saturn’s atmosphere ending in self-destruction. Museum scientist Steve Lee and a panel of local experts will discuss the immense contributions Cassini has made to our understanding of Saturn and its moons during the 13 years the spacecraft has orbited this spectacular “ring world.”</p> <p>Image Credit: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory</p> America/North_Dakota/Center

CONQUEST OF THE SKIES 3D
Oct 6, 2017 - Feb 1, 2018

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The ability to fly has long sparked human curiosity, and envy! In Conquest of the Skies 3D, travel through time and around the world to unravel the 300-million-year story of how animal aviators have evolved into the 100 billion creatures...

CONQUEST OF THE SKIES 3D <p>The ability to fly has long sparked human curiosity, and envy! In Conquest of the Skies 3D, travel through time and around the world to unravel the 300-million-year story of how animal aviators have evolved into the 100 billion creatures flying through the air today. Explore nature’s ingenuity as you soar from a falcon’s point of view, see hummingbirds flutter in slow motion, accompany bats in the hunt, meet lizards that glide with the greatest of ease, and find out how clumsy beetles got their wings. Filmed on location in the United Kingdom, Borneo, Spain, Italy, and Ecuador.</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

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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This program is part of an annual series presented in partnership with Bird Conservancy of the Rockies. When animal populations are impacted by human-caused changes, they are forced to move to new places, modify how they behave, or face...

After Hours at the Museum: MIGRATION AND ADAPTATION IN OUR CHANGING WORLD <p>This program is part of an annual series presented in partnership with Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.</p> <p>When animal populations are impacted by human-caused changes, they are forced to move to new places, modify how they behave, or face extinction. Ellen D. Ketterson, professor of biology at Indiana University Bloomington, addresses our need as invested citizens to understand animal migration and seasonality in relation to the loss of biodiversity.</p> <p>Ketterson will examine the very real implications of our changing world through the lens of a model bird species, the dark-eyed junco, commonly known as the snowbird. By focusing on the details and consequences of environmental change and how organisms respond, humans will be equipped to develop ways to predict future responses to ongoing environmental change and champion the biodiversity that makes our planet so amazing.</p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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It’s all treats during this night of ooey-gooey activities, spooky fun, and trick-or-treat trivia! Enjoy action-packed fun in the Museum as you and your family explore the temporary exhibition Ultimate Dinosaurs, see an IMAX film, and sleep...

FAMILY OVERNIGHT: HALLOWEEN AT THE MUSEUM <p>It’s all treats during this night of ooey-gooey activities, spooky fun, and trick-or-treat trivia! Enjoy action-packed fun in the Museum as you and your family explore the temporary exhibition Ultimate Dinosaurs, see an IMAX film, and sleep in the diorama halls. This event is for families with K-8th grade children only.</p> <p>Includes pizza dinner, evening snack, hot breakfast, and of course...candy!</p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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Meet Rob Mies, a Museum favorite and director of the Organization for Bat Conservation, as you step into the mysterious world of bats and explore their lives, habitats, and nocturnal strategies. Encounter a big brown bat from North America...

LIVE BATS FOR ALL AGES! <p>Meet Rob Mies, a Museum favorite and director of the Organization for Bat Conservation, as you step into the mysterious world of bats and explore their lives, habitats, and nocturnal strategies.</p> <p>Encounter a big brown bat from North America and hear its high-pitched echolocation with a "bat detector," meet fruit bats from Africa and Asia, and come face-to-face with the largest bat in the world!</p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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his program is part of an annual series presented in partnership with Bird Conservancy of the Rockies. Examine the true brilliance of birds and delve into the mysteries of their avian brains with acclaimed science and nature writer Jennifer...

After Hours at the Museum: GENIUS OF BIRDS <p>his program is part of an annual series presented in partnership with Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.</p> <p>Examine the true brilliance of birds and delve into the mysteries of their avian brains with acclaimed science and nature writer Jennifer Ackerman, author of the new book The Genius of Birds. From the beaches of Barbados to the rainforests of New Caledonia, experience Ackerman’s adventures firsthand as she shares wild stories and stunning photos to better understand these often underestimated creatures.</p> <p>Explore the richness of Ackerman’s work as she demonstrates how birds make and use their own tools, teach each other new skills, count, exercise their incredible knack for memory, and even pass along cultural traditions.</p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico truly comes to life during the return of the sandhill cranes each year. With expert birder Norm Lewis, experience the spectacle of the cranes and look for snow and Ross’s geese, bald eagles,...

SANDHILL CRANES: BOSQUE DEL APACHE <p>Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico truly comes to life during the return of the sandhill cranes each year. With expert birder Norm Lewis, experience the spectacle of the cranes and look for snow and Ross’s geese, bald eagles, roadrunners, and waterfowl that fill the area with sights and sound.</p> <p>This wildlife refuge is popularly known as a wintering site for sandhill cranes and snow geese, and rightfully so; by November its marshes and prairies are festooned with thousands of cranes and geese. This adventure will include many more beautiful bird sites in the state, such as Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge, a major wintering area for waterfowl, and the Rio Grande Nature Center in Albuquerque. With a variety of exciting destinations and a long list of potential birds to sight, this will be a southwestern experience not soon forgotten!</p> <p>Tuesday&#8211;Sunday, November 7&#8211;12<br />$1,495 per person double occupancy; $1,845 per person single occupancy</p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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There’s a different dino to delight everyone in the family at this prehistoric party celebrating our latest temporary exhibition Ultimate Dinosaurs. Check out some of the most spectacular fossils unearthed in recent years as you venture...

ULTIMATE FAMILY DINO FUN <p>There’s a different dino to delight everyone in the family at this prehistoric party celebrating our latest temporary exhibition Ultimate Dinosaurs.</p> <p>Check out some of the most spectacular fossils unearthed in recent years as you venture through the exhibition, find out how fossils form, and make your own family fossil to take home.</p> <p>Register online today or call 303.370.6000 (9 a.m.&#8211;5 p.m., seven days a week).</p> America/North_Dakota/Center

CREATURES OF LIGHT
Feb 23, 2018 - Jun 17, 2018

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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 in the backyard to strange creatures in the ocean’s depths that provide the only...

CREATURES OF LIGHT <p>They light up our lives, but have you ever wondered how?<br /> <br />Delve into the world of living things that blink, glow, flash, and flicker, from tiny fireflies in the backyard to strange creatures in the ocean’s depths that provide the only illumination. The new exhibition Creatures of Light explores the mysterious world of bioluminescence, visible light generated by living things through a chemical reaction. Lifelike models, spectacular immersive environments and simulations, unusual animals, videos, and engaging hands-on activities create an enlightening experience.<br /> <br />Venture into a dark cave and look up to see twinkling overhead—not from stars but from glowworms.<br />Stroll across an interactive “lagoon” and encounter the radiant diversity of a coral reef ecosystem.<br />Explore a woodland scattered with bioluminescent mushrooms and a meadow filled with flashing fireflies.<br />Dive deep to see astonishing invertebrates and fishes that put on light shows nothing short of psychedelic.<br />Discover how science has uncovered the variety of ways in which light is used to attract a mate, lure unsuspecting prey, or defend against a predator.<br /> <br />Creatures of Light is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York, in collaboration with The Field Museum, Chicago and the Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Canada.</p> America/North_Dakota/Center

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