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Centennial Series Fundraising Events

The Centennial Series kicks off in August with special “voyages.” Mark your calendar for these unique fund-raising events to benefit the Museum’s education programs.

For details and reservations, or to receive a complete list of all the series events, please call Ruth Jones at 303-370-6373.

In the Footsteps of Shackleton
Monday, August 27, 6:30–10:00 p.m.

Be the very first to see the most anticipated IMAX film to hit Denver since 1997’s Everest. Shackleton’s Antarctic Adventure recalls the extraordinary true story of polar explorer Ernest Shackleton and his now legendary 1914–1916 Trans-Antarctic Expedition. Although Shackleton and his team never reached the goal of being the first to reach the South Pole on foot, this expedition has become a larger-than-life testament to heroism and human endurance. All 28 members of the crew survived nearly two years in the barren, frigid Antarctic after their ship, the Endurance, was caught in pack ice and eventually crushed.

Internationally acclaimed photographer and mountaineer Galen Rowell will be the special guest at this event. He will share his personal experience and the incredible images of his recent Antarctic adventure. He will sign copies of his book, Poles Apart: Parallel Visions of the Arctic and Antarctic. A buffet dinner rounds out the evening.

Tickets: $125 per person, limit 400

Voyages of Discovery Premiere
Wednesday, September 5, 6:30–10:00 p.m.
Get a sneak peek of the dynamic, eye-pleasing exhibition, Voyages of Discovery, before it opens to the public. This exhibition from The Natural History Museum in London explores the human drama of key scientific voyages of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, including Charles Darwin’s significant exploration of the Galápagos Islands. You will enjoy the priceless collection of scientific specimens, beautiful artwork, and journals fromDarwin and other famous explorers such as Captain James Cook, Sir Hans Sloane, and Alfred Russell Wallace. The president of the London museum, Sir Neil Chalmers, will be the evening’s special guest. Cocktails, formal dinner, and a leisurely, up-close look at this extraordinary display are included.

Tickets: $150 per person, limit 250

Dangerous Beauty: An Armchair Adventure to Kenya
Tuesday, September 18, 6:30 p.m.

Enjoy cocktails in Botswana Hall and meet Mark Ross, author of Dangerous Beauty: Life and Death in Africa, True Stories from a Safari Guide. One of the most seasoned, skilled safari guides in Africa for more than 20 years, Mark will present slides and stories from his travels and bring to vivid life deadly charges by elephants; encounters with lions, cheetahs, and Cape buffaloes; and first-hand accounts of mass migrations of wildebeest and zebras. Miramax Books will publish Dangerous Beauty on August 15; get your autographed copy at this event hot off the press!
Tickets: $75 per person, limit 75 people

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What did the Museum look like in its early days? Find out by exploring a 3-D scale-model, on display now on the first floor of the Museum, across from the Butterfly exhibit.

During our centennial year, the Museumwill host the following special traveling exhibition from the Natural History Museum in London:
  • Voyages of Discovery  
    (September 7, 2001- January 6, 2002)   This exhibition highlights major British voyages that helped to revolutionize Western views of the world.Voyages explores the drama of these historic journeys and the extraordinary places, animals, plants and people the voyagers encountered in distant lands.

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