Summer may have bid adieu to Colorado for 2009, but that does not imply that activities have also drifted into the cool breeze as far as things to see and do in Colorado museums. With the cooler weather, there are a number of new exhibits and activities opening around Denver. Check out these events…
Prepare to meet Khan - Genghis Khan. The Denver Museum of Nature and Science will display more than 200 objects from 13th-century Mongolia. Many of these objects have not been seen outside of Russia and Mongolia, and the exhibit provides a unique opportunity. Mongolian singers and musicians will also be performing. Genghis Khan invades on October 16th, and the exhibit will reside in Denver until February 7, 2010, plenty of time to see just what it was like to be a Mongol in the 13th century. For more information, visit the Denver Museum of Nature and Science website.
Feel like getting into the Halloween spirit? The Black American West Museum is hosting a series of Haunted History Ghost Tours. Begin the tour at the Black American West Museum, the former home of Dr. Justina L. Ford, Colorado's first African American woman doctor. You may be fortunate to see a mysterious woman walk briskly from room to room, then disappear. Many claim to have seen the apparition, and her appearance is just one reported during the tour. The guided tour then continues along Welton Street, once known as the Harlem of the West. Listen closely and you may hear the lingering strains of Billy Holiday or Josephine Baker, both of whom performed during Five Points hey day. Visit the Black American West Museum website for tour prices, dates and other information. Prepare to have the hair stand up on the back of your neck at some point during the evening. You have been warned!
New animals are on display at the Butterfly Pavilion for those seeking just a tad more of summer's warmth. Rainbow dung beetles (Phanaeus amithaon), Western Hercules beetles (Dynastes granti), Blue Death-Feigning beetles (Cryptoglossa verrucossus), Velvet ants (Dasymutilla sp.), and Arizona Giant Centipede (Scolopendra heros arizonensis) are now on display. Visit the Butterfly Pavilion website for more information on these fascinating creatures.
There is much more going on in Denver this fall. Check back in a few days to see where to go on Halloween.