On the Latest DMNS Exhibits

We’ve been a little lazy in using our Denver Museum of Nature and Science membership … lazy in that we hadn’t gone in a while AND we were getting notifications that it was going to expire SOON. So, since there are two current exhibits that we hadn’t checked out … we decided to just go and do it.

The first one is Vikings: Beyond the Legend, which, clearly, talked about the Vikings. And how horns on the helmet? Not a thing (thanks, Wagner). How “viking” is more of a term like “farmer” or “explorer” rather than an actual ethnic group. In any case, cool exhibit, but both B and I agreed that it wasn’t quite as cool as the Maya exhibit.

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Entrance.

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Badass Viking jewelry.

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Closest I could get my name in runes.

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B’s name was a bit easier.

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Awesome Viking glass.

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LEGO Vikings!

If you’re interested, Vikings: Beyond the Legend goes through August 13.

If you go, you’ll also be able to see Nature’s Amazing Machines, which is on display through the end of the year. I didn’t take too many photos, but it was a cool exhibit on the way animals are awesome, basically – how the dome shape is around so much in nature and how well it protects various species, how amazingly the cheetah is designed, why giraffe hearts are so cool … you get the picture. Probably better for kids, but still fun for adults.

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Exhibit entrance.

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Electronic majestic flap flap (sorry, funny term I found online for rays) that was able to trick real rays.

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Because when one sees a cast of part of SUE, one takes a photo. ESPECIALLY if one has a thing for dinosaurs (ahem).

Mythic Creatures at DMNS

Driving to work down Speer every day, I see a lot of banners for exhibits going on at the local museums. One such exhibit (that I’d also seen a lot of friends on facebook go to) was Mythic Creatures at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Therefore, one afternoon, we decided to go.

We also decided to get a museum membership, for a few reasons:

1.) If you go … twice, I think, … it pays for itself, and we average two or three visits a year.
2.) Being a member means free admission to other various museums around the country due to an affiliate program (LVNH would be free if we wanted to go again).
3.) Museum membership is totally one of those “adult” things to do.
4.) If we have a membership, we totally won’t feel bad about going to the museum solely for the special exhibits and ignoring the rest of it.

In any case, the Mythic Creatures exhibit was pretty cool. A little interesting, as clearly the creatures aren’t, you know, found in nature, but as with everything, all myths have roots based in fact. A mermaid is really (somehow) a manatee. Sea creatures are delusions thanks to lack of nutrients. Or whatever.

Behold, a sampling of photos:

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Not all mythic creatures are ancient … (not pictured: jackalope)

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What really sold me on going were the fun green screen photos people posted. Here are ours.

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On the DMNS Maya Exhibit

This past spring and summer, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science had an exhibit on the Maya. As a I took a Mayan archaeology class in college (oh, electives …), I really wanted to make this exhibit. So, in mid-July on a mutual day off, Brandon and I made it a point to head to the DMNS (and the Zoo – hit up both on the same day) to see the exhibit.

The exhibit was really pretty cool – it had a plethora of artifacts from several different sites. It also had some fun interactive stuff. Below is a smattering of photos.

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Sign at the entrance.

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Statue.

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Dresden Codex. Important text when it comes to the Maya.

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Turtle (with a bit of Maya myth included).

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You could create your own Maya names. We could also create our own stelae, which was cool.

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Ball game.

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See that “Courtesy Peabody Museum” thing? Yeah, I spent a bit of time there in college for that Maya class. It made me laugh.

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Brandon being a rockin’ Maya dentist.

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I created a pattern!

Very fun time. One of my favorite exhibits at the DMNS in recent memory.

On the DMNS Mythbusters Exhibit

Probably should have done this one before the holidays post, but I forgot when we actually did this until I looked at the dates of the photos. Oops.

In any case, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science held a Mythbusters exhibit this fall/winter (it ended in early January). Both Brandon and I used to be huge fans of the show so when we saw all the billboards around town advertising the exhibit, we decided to go. With Ironman, it kept getting put off … until right before Christmas when on the 23rd, we said “Screw it,” and went.

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Sign.

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Brandon … and I forget which myth this was a part of.

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Buster! Buster the crash-test dummy is probably my favorite character from the show. They abuse him so much …

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Outfits worn by the show’s cast.

The first part of the exhibit was mainly comprised of items from the show and tidbits about the myths they were a part of. Even though neither of us have watched the show in a few years, we remembered quite a few of the myths involved.

The second part was more interactive – you got to be a part of myths yourself. Some of the myths included building a brick house and seeing if it could withstand high winds (we both pretty much failed), throwing playing cards at a dart board and seeing if toast really always lands butter side down. A few of the others are below.

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Post the run/walk myth. Do you get wetter running through the rain or walking? I ran, Brandon walked. What do you think? Creepy glowing spots are due to the “raindrops.”

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Both of us on a swing suspended by phone books – you can see that better in the picture of me. Basically, are phone books strong enough to do this?

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Brandon trying (and pretty much succeeding) at ripping a tablecloth off a table and keeping the dishes on the table.

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Hanging off the side of a building. I’d die quickly.

The exhibit was fun, but we had trouble deciding if it was ultimately worth the price of admission (doubled the price of museum admission). Maybe if we had kids …?

After, since we had paid for museum admission, we wandered around a bit. Brandon found a triceratops puppet after the dinosaur exhibit, and well, had to play a bit.

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Team Baby Dinosaur, forever and always.

If this exhibit comes to a museum near you, I’d say it’s probably worth going to if:
– you were a HUGE fan of the show and wanted to experiment with some myth busting of your own
– you have kids who are interested in this type of stuff
– you need an excuse to go on a fun date (pretty much us)