Enjoy in-person, immersive, and virtual events in 2021.
The Denver Museum of Nature and Science (DMNS) isn't letting the pandemic stop it from bringing education and fun to its fans!
While COVID-19 capacity restrictions are still in place, the museum is prepared with a full lineup to keep guests entertained both at home and onsite. Exhibits on the T. rex and the mysteries of Stonehenge are sure to please the whole family. IMAX events and much more are also on tap to keep everyone informed, entertained, and engaged with the world.
SUE: The T.rex Experience: Opens February 12, 2021
Come between two titans with full-scale casts of SUE and T. rex’s nemesis, Triceratops. Experience a unique multimedia show transporting you to the Cretaceous forest alongside SUE. Learn how the fossil was unearthed, and how scientists continue to make discoveries about SUE, the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex specimen ever discovered. The exhibit features interactive experiences, a wide variety of other fossils, and full-sized replications of dinosaur clashes.
Stonehenge: Ancient Mysteries and Modern Discoveries: Opens March 12, 2021
Explore Stonehenge’s story through hundreds of artifacts and modern science. Learn more about the when, where, why, and how this mysterious structure came to be.
"After centuries of speculation, we are finally forming an understanding of Stonehenge thanks to archaeological excavations and advances in scientific techniques. Evidence from Stonehenge itself, along with remains from its surrounding landscape shed light on the people who constructed one of the most world’s most famous monuments," said DMNS. Learn more.
Numbers in Nature: A Mirror Maze: June 4-September 19, 2021
“Numbers in Nature: A Mirror Maze” is an immersive experience about math that’s hardly by the numbers. The exhibition beautifully illustrates how patterns surround us in nature. They form the veins in a leaf, the spiral of a nautilus, and the spots on a giraffe. The key to unlocking these patterns is math. Guests enjoy fun hands-on activities to spot patterns in music, art, architecture, and even their own bodies. The centerpiece of this math lesson is a giant mirror maze—a sea of equilateral triangle chambers that feel as if you’ve stepped into a kaleidoscope. The maze itself is a pattern, combining repetition, symmetry, and tessellation. “Numbers in Nature” adds up to a wonderful new way to look at the world around you!
Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked the World: Fall 2021-Spring 2022
“GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked the World” takes you on a fascinating exploration of the science, sound, history, and pop culture behind the world’s most popular instrument.
The exhibition celebrates many facets of this iconic instrument, from its origin and continued evolution to the music it creates and the cultural impact it has. Explore STEAM concepts like sound waves, frequency, mathematical scales, engineering, and more through a wide range of hands-on experiences.
"Take in the exhibition’s collection of more than 70 instruments—ranging from the rare and antique to the wildly popular and innovative. And don’t miss your chance to strum the world’s largest playable guitar, measuring in at 43.5-feet long and certified by the Guinness Book of World Records!" said DMNS.
The museum is also offering plenty of virtual events, focusing on a wide variety of topics to keep everyone entertained. A few of the events include:
60 Minutes in Space, January 27 and February 24, 2021
Digital Earth, Ice, February 4, 2021
Indigenous Film: "The Last American Indian on Earth," February 10, 2021
Skeptics' Guide to the Universe, May 20
The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe podcast hosts come to Denver as part of their Extravaganza tour! Watch them live on stage as they entertain and challenge your perception of reality.
These are just a handful of the amazing events offered for all ages (please note: events are subject to change due to COVID-19 restrictions). Check out DMNS.org for information on all of the ways you can enjoy what the museum has to offer, including IMAX events, kids' events, virtual programs, after hours at the museum, permanent exhibits, and more!
Tell us in the comments what your favorite virtual experience is at the museum.