World premiere Space: An Out-of-Gravity Experience enters its final weeks!
What lies ahead for human space flight? And what does it mean for life on Earth? Visitors to the Science Museum of Minnesota will find out in the Science Museum’s own Space: An Out-of-Gravity Experience exhibition. Space is open until Monday, September 7, when it will embark on a tour of science centers across the country.
Space is a hands-on, bodies-on exhibition that invites visitors to explore the extraordinary conditions of human space exploration and discover the science that makes it successful. Science Museum visitors will get an in-depth look at the challenges presented by the environment of space – from extreme temperatures and weightlessness to radiation and meteoroids. They’ll see what it’s like to live and work on board the International Space Station (ISS), exploring all aspects of life – from eating and toileting to conducting research and communicating with Earth. They’ll try their hands at solving some of the engineering challenges that humans living in space face, from exploring the physics of launching rockets to experimenting with robotic arms and artificial gravity. And they’ll have the opportunity to step into a full-size mock-up of the Destiny Lab, the U.S. laboratory module at the International Space Station. Inside, they’ll learn about the research that happens there through narration from real astronauts while the walls slowly rotate around them, creating the sensation that they’re floating like the astronauts on board the ISS. As they leave the exhibition, they’ll get a glimpse at what lies ahead for human space flight.
To complement Space: An Out-of-Gravity Experience, the Science Museum will also be a host site to the world premiere of the Journey to Space Omnitheater film. In Journey to Space, Omnitheater viewers will reflect on h ow the space shuttle program of the past has shaped our approach to the future’s space hurdles – including the exploration of Mars. They’ll marvel at the extraordinary accomplishments of human space travel over the past fifty years – and dream of the new horizons ahead.
As with past special exhibits, admission to Space: An-Out-of-Gravity Experience will be timed and dated; visitors will be given the opportunity to choose a specific date and time for their visit when they purchase tickets. Admission to Space and the Science Museum’s permanent exhibit galleries is $21 for adults and $12 for kids and seniors. Combination exhibit and Omnitheater admission is also available. For more information or to purchase tickets, visitors may log on to www.smm.org.
Social Science: The Science of Superheroes is Thursday, August 6
The Science Museum of Minnesota isn’t just for kids! On Thursday evening, August 6 from 6 to 11 p.m., the museum will host the next Social Science, when it opens its doors exclusively to adults ages 21 and up, giving them access to the museum’s exhibits and programs at a more relaxed pace. They’ll enjoy food and drink, music, special adult-oriented programming, live theater performances, film screenings and more.
Visitors to Social Science in August will dig into the science of superheroes! They’ll examine the powers of their favorite caped crusaders and defenders of justice, take a look at what our future holds. Will we have the powers to be super one day?
Tickets to Social Science are $17 per person ($15 per Science Museum member). Tickets are available at the door, or in advance via the Science Museum’s Call Center at (651) 221-9444. Visitors to Social Science must present a valid 21+ ID to gain entrance to the museum. For more information as details are confirmed, visit www.smm.org/socialscience. (**images from past events available**)
NASA’s Destination Station is now open
Destination Station is an exhibit, developed by NASA’s International Space Station Program, which travels the country and promotes awareness about the activities performed on the International Space Station and their real and impact on our everyday lives.
As the nation’s only orbiting microgravity laboratory, the International Space Station creates a unique opportunity for researchers to fly experiments to space and investigate pressing scientific matters without the influence of gravity. Since 1998, the space station has provided a unique environment for researchers to conduct biology and biotechnology, human health, Earth, space and physical science experiments, and advanced engineering and technology demonstrations, among a multitude of other investigations. Destination Station will give visitors insight into some of those experiments and investigations and what they mean for life on Earth.
Destination Station will be located near the exit to the Space: An Out-of-Gravity Experience exhibition on level 4. It will run through September 7, 2015. Admission to Destination Station is included in regular Science Museum exhibit gallery admission.
Science in the Summer Chemistry Day is August 1
This summer, the Science Museum of Minnesota will host the GSK Science in the Summer program. The program is designed to get kids engaged in hands-on chemistry learning during a time when they are traditionally out of school, keeping their skills sharp and their curiosity peaked.
While visitors will find assorted chemistry activities available on the floor every Saturday throughout the summer, on Saturday, August 1, the Science Museum will devote an entire afternoon to Science in the Summer Chemistry Day. From noon to 4 p.m. that day, staff and volunteers will lead visitors in hands-on chemistry activities that will demonstrate the basics of this critical science discipline. Visitors will turn pennies golden, make crystals, and watch popcorn “dance.” They’ll also use litmus and pH papers and a universal indicator to determine whether substances are acids, bases, or neutrals, and more.
Science in the Summer Chemistry Day is sponsored by GSK and administered by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Activities will take place from noon to 4 p.m. throughout the exhibit galleries, and they are included in regular gallery admission ($13 for adults and $10 for kids and seniors).
The Big Back Yard brings summer science fun into the sunshine
Mini-golf and outdoor science fun is only a putter’s length away! The Big Back Yard , the Science Museum’s 1.2-acre outdoor exhibit gallery, is now open for the season.
A perennial summer visitor favorite, the Big Back Yard features a science-style mini-golf course, which explores how water shapes the land beneath our feet, as well as a 17,000-square foot prairie maze, which features plants and grasses that are native to Minnesota’s landscape. In addition, visitors can watch the seasonal progress of the Turtle Effigy Medicinal Garden, which features medicinal plants; the Three Sisters Garden, which introduces them to the Iroquois tradition of planting corn, squash, and beans together in mounds; and the Changing Gardens Through Time, which gives visitors a glimpse at the ways in which the gardens of native communities along the Upper Mississippi River have changed over time in response to both environmental factors and changes in expressions of ethnic identity.
The Big Back Yard will be open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., weather permitting. Viewing the Big Back Yard is included in regular Science Museum exhibit gallery admission ($13 for adults and $10 for kids ages 4 to 12 and seniors); an additional fee applies to miniature golf. For more information, call (651) 221-9444 or visit www.smm.org .
Playdates are perfect for preschoolers
Every Tuesday between 10 a.m. and noon, the Science Museum offers preschool-appropriate activities that will keep little hands busy and little minds buzzing. A Preschool Playdates ticket (no charge for children under age five and $13 for adults) includes admission to the exhibit galleries, a take-home science experiment, preschool-perfect Science Live performances and science demonstrations, and discounts in the Explore Store and restaurants. For more information on Playdates at the Science Museum, visit www.smm.org/playdates or call (651) 221-9444.
The first and third Tuesday morning of each month is especially for seniors at the Science Museum. A Senior Tuesdays ticket includes admission to the general exhibit galleries, an Omnitheater ticket, and a free coffee break at Java Lab in the lobby. For more information, visit www.smm.org/seniors or call (651) 221-9444.
COMING SOON TO THE SCIENCE MUSEUM
Annual Museum Shutdown for Maintenance: September 14-September 17, 2015
Humpback Whales Omnitheater film – Opens October 9, 2015
Sherlock Homes & The Clocktower Mystery exhibit – Opens October 14, 2015
RACE: Are We So Different? exhibit – Opens October 2015
Girls & Science event – Saturday, November 14, 2015
Classes for Kids, Teens, and Families
For a complete listing of Science Museum Youth & Family classes, call (651) 221-4511 or visit www.smm.org/classes/ .
Camp Wabasha Sets Sail
Dates: Monday, August 3 – Friday, August 7, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $270 per child (no member discount available for Camp Wabasha)
A collaboration between ArtStart, the Science Museum and SteppingStone Theatre, this unique camp gives kids the opportunity to explore the science of the sea, create art reflecting the beauty of underwater life, and produce a play with their very own characters aboard! Camp Wabasha has brought together art, science and theatre for over 30 years! For more information or to register, visit www.smm.org/classes.
Dates: Monday, August 10 – Friday, August 15
Cost: $205 per child ($195 per Science Museum member child)
Kids in this weeklong camp will master the art of video special effects. They’ll cut and paste video clips using Final Cut editing software and learn how to use green screen technology to put themselves into a movie. For more information or to register, visit www.smm.org/classes.
With eight and a half acres of exhibits to explore, the Science Museum of Minnesota is the most popular museum attraction in the Upper Midwest. Popular features include:
Collections Gallery: This gallery is home to the new We Move and We Stay exhibit, which tells the story of generations of native people – people who have adapted and changed while staying true to the rich traditions that make up the fabric of the place we all call home. The Collections Gallery also features selections from the collection of quack medical devices from the former Museum of Questionable Medical Devices.
Dinosaurs and Fossils Gallery: Featuring amazing dinosaur and fossil displays and interactive exhibits, this gallery gives visitors an unparalleled opportunity to experience the museum’s world-class collection of prehistoric specimens. Highlights include one of world’s largest and most complete mounted Triceratops and a 2,000-square-foot primeval swamp exhibit.
Experiment Gallery: Visitors learn through experimenting with concepts in the physical sciences and mathematics. They can experiment with fluid power in the hydraulics lab, watch a tornado form right before their eyes, discover the science of light and reflection and join volunteers in exploring optics, magnets and motors, electrochemistry and more at the Activity Station.
Human Body Gallery: Visitors explore what makes us human and what keeps us alive. Highlights include the Cell Lab, where visitors can don a lab coat and examine their own cheek cells under a microscope, and the Bloodstream Superhighway, a larger-than-life virtual blood vessel that surrounds exhibits about the circulatory system.
Mississippi River Gallery: Interactive exhibits like an authentic, climb-aboard towboat, encourage visitors to examine the influence the river has on their lives, as well as the impact their actions have on the river’s complex ecosystem. Visitors can also trade in their natural objects – like rocks, pinecones and shells – for objects brought in by other visitors or provided by the museum at the popular Collectors’ Corner.
For advance tickets, call (651) 221-9444 or visit www.smm.org . Discounts are available for groups or individuals with limited incomes. For a complete list of admission prices, please visit www.smm.org/tickets or call (651) 221-9444.
LOCATION AND PARKING
The Science Museum of Minnesota is located at 120 Kellogg Boulevard in downtown St. Paul. For specific directions, call (651) 221-9444 or visit www.smm.org .