As I mentioned previously, I came into the Doctor Who universe later than some of my friends, so when re-watching the series I find myself once again seeing a lot more throwbacks in this first series, especially in S1E7 “Dalek” where they start off in a museum underground and we first meet the daleks. For fans of the classic series, I bet they went nuts to see the first Dalek, and hey! There’s a cyberman head on display too! I’m sure there’s lots of things hidden in the background that sharp eyes will see, but I’ll probably miss.
This episode makes me want to bring up a general public service announcement. Go to museums. Go to art museums, natural history museums, science museums. Take your kids, take yourself and go. Lemme tell you about some of my visits over the years and hopefully it’ll inspire you to visit your local museums.
Let’s start with a classic: Art. I’ve been to both the Denver Art Museum and the Clifford Still Museum, these are two very different yet very similar museums. Now when I was younger I was less interested in the guided tours of the museum, and to be fair some of them are still pretty boring. And I don’t recommend going to see every and all art exhibit. You have to go see something you are somewhat interested in, the right period. I’ve seen modern exhibits and classical ones, Warhol and Picasso. Make sure you wear comfy shoes and take your time. Look at the color, the depth, dream of the inspiration. This is especially true if you visit the less popular Clifford Still Museum which is a lot more abstract artwork (something I love, but isn’t for everyone) which is really more about reaching out your senses and trying to feel something from the art work. And don’t miss out on seeing some of your favorite artwork in person. I’ve always been a fan of Van Gogh (and yes I’ll be talking about this again when we get to that episode) and I can’t begin to describe how different it was to see that artwork in person. The depth of each painting is dramatic, especially compared to picture or flat reproductions (of which I have two). There’s also some pretty cool special exhibits that come through, the power of costume discussing mostly Star Wars, interactive exhibits where the artists encourage you to touch the artwork. Find something you like and go see it, drag your friends and family. Take a little time out of your day for some culture!
Current and upcoming exhibits!
Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place features site-specific installations by 13 Latino artists that express experiences of contemporary life in the American West.
Take part in this interactive art installation of paired rocking chairs that move in tandem to create music.
Canaletto Masterwork Restored
Following nearly one year of conservation treatment, an Italian masterwork discovered in the Denver Art Museum storage is on view. Since spring 2012, we have been writing updates about behind-the-scenes discoveries and decisions related to the restoration.
And there’s so much more!!
If you aren’t one for art then there’s always heading to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science or one of the natural history museums. Learn about the world around you, often in a more interactive way than an art museum. I’ve been to a Mythbusters exhibit where I got to try out some experiments on my own, there was the Sherlock Holmes exhibit including solving a mystery. For a more educational and less interactive time, I got to learn about the Vikings (they are nothing like what Hollywood would have you believe!!) and see the remains of those who saw Pompeii explode. From a history side of things, a group of us took a trip to see the toys of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. It was a combination of nostalgia and watching how things changed over the years, some classic toys were there for all the decades and are still around today for comparison. Then we wandered down the hall and learned about the dust storms that I had only read about in textbooks. This had visuals, and a little video room to let you experience it….at least in a safe, not covered in sand sort of fashion. These are wonderful opportunities to share your experiences and learn from others!
Current and upcoming exhibits!
Ultimate Dinosaurs goes beyond familiar dinosaurs to showcase some of the most spectacular fossils unearthed in recent years. Exhibition is included with Museum admission.
Creatures of Light
Opens Friday, February 23, 2018
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 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.
- Venture into a dark cave and look up to see twinkling overhead—not from stars but from glowworms.
- Stroll across an interactive “lagoon” and encounter the radiant diversity of a coral reef ecosystem.
- Explore a woodland scattered with bioluminescent mushrooms and a meadow filled with flashing fireflies.
- Dive deep to see astonishing invertebrates and fishes that put on light shows nothing short of psychedelic.
- 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.
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.
Don’t stop there! There’s lots of little art museums, botanical gardens, parks, farms, and historical sights to see throughout Denver.
Learn from the past to better guide us in the future. Become more like Rose, caring and ever learning. Even the Dalek in the end just wanted to feel the sun on it’s….um….tentacle. Tell us of your adventures and what cool exhibits are out there to enjoy!