Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed and Mystery of the Maya close in early January.
The Science Museum of Minnesota is the world premiere venue of the largest traveling exhibition about the ancient Maya ever to be displayed in the United States. Time is running out for Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed, a 15,000 square-foot hands-on exhibition that sheds light on a mysterious and majestic ancient culture. Maya closes at the Science Museum on January 5.
The ruined cities of the ancient Maya have captured our imaginations since news of their discovery in the jungles of Central America was published in the 1840s. Extensive research has uncovered a culture with a sophisticated worldview that, during its Classic period (250-900 AD), rivaled any civilization in Europe.
Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed uses a combination of hundreds of authentic artifacts, immersive environments, multimedia components, and hands-on activities to explore the rise and eventual decline of these fascinating ancient cities. It is designed to give visitors a glimpse at a cross-section of Maya life – from divine kings who ruled powerful cities to the artisans and laborers who formed the backbone of Maya society. Visitors will see spectacular examples of Maya artistry made by masters of their craft, along with objects from everyday life. They’ll also get a close look at the scientific work being carried out at key Maya sites across Central America to understand exactly how we know what we know of the once-hidden Maya of the ancient past.
Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed will be open during regular Science Museum hours through January 5, 2014. As with past special exhibitions, admission to Maya will be timed and dated. For more information, visit www.smm.org/maya or call (651) 221-9444.
A visit to the world premiere Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed exhibition wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the Omnitheater to see Mystery of the Maya. The perfect complement to the Maya exhibition, Mystery of the Maya takes Omnitheater viewers on a journey back in time with the explorers who unearthed this majestic ancient civilization in the jungles of Central America in the early 19th century. Mystery of the Maya closes on January 8.
Mystery of the Maya will show during regular museum hours. For ticket prices, show times, and reservations, visitors may log on to www.smm.org.
Omnifest 2014 kicks off January 9
Everyone’s favorite giant screen film festival is back this winter! Beginning Thursday, January 9, Omnifest 2014 will bring five giant screen films to the Science Museum’s Omnitheater – both audience favorites and brand new features. Omnifest 2014 titles include”
Ring of Fire: Only the Omnitheater’s nine-story domed screen can do justice to the great circle of volcanoes that rings the Pacific Ocean. In this Science Museum of Minnesota original production, visitors will get a front row seat for the spectacular eruptions of Mount St. Helens and Sakurajima in Japan. They’ll see the birth of a new volcano in southern Chile, and they’ll meet people who live within the shadows of some of the world’s most active volcanoes.
Blue Planet: Blue Planet is a moving portrait of the planet we call home, featuring breathtaking footage from five different space shuttle missions. From this unique vantage point, viewers can see clearly the forces that affect our planet, from within and without: volcanoes, earthquakes, typhoons, and perhaps the most powerful force, humankind. Please note: A media screening of Blue Planet will be held on Tuesday, January 7 at 4 p.m. Please RSVP to Sarah Imholte at [email protected]
Stomp’s World Beat: Omnitheater viewers will join cast members from the acclaimed stage show Stomp as they tour the world – from Spain to Japan, Brazil to Botswana – and celebrate the global beat with this exuberant exploration of the sights and sounds of continents and cultures.
To the Limit: Featuring incredible endoscopic footage of the inner workings of the human body, To The Limit introduces Omnitheater viewers to a rock climber, a ski racer, and a prima ballerina as they put their highly-trained bodies to the test. The film captures the spectacular roles that these athletes’ muscles, respiratory and circulatory systems, and senses of sight and hearing play in their rigorous routines.
Great White Shark: Great White Shark, which is brand new to the Omnitheater during Omnifest 2014, unravels the mystery of a creature humans love to fear—the much maligned, misrepresented and misunderstood great white shark—and goes to the depths of human daring to tell the true story of its role atop the oceanic food chain. Please note: A media screening of Great White Shark will be held on Tuesday, January 7 at 5 p.m. Please RSVP to Sarah Imholte at [email protected]
The films in Omnifest will run in a daily rotation. Tickets for the first film of the day are $8 for adults and $7 for children ages 4 to 12 and seniors 60 and older. Tickets for additional films on the same day are 15% off. To make ticket reservations or get a complete schedule of show times, call (651) 221-9444 or visit www.smm.org. Omnifest 2014 will run through February 28.
22nd annual African Americans in Science event is January 18: Plan a trip to the Science Museum on Saturday, January 18 from 1 to 4 p.m. and participate in African Americans in Science, a daylong annual event that introduces Science Museum visitors to some of the best and brightest scientists, inventors, and educators from the Twin Cities’ African American community. Celebrating its twenty-second year, African Americans in Science is part of the Science Museum’s Science Fusion series, which is designed to give visitors the chance to meet science and educational professionals, learn about what they do through interactive displays and presentations, and discover the inspiring contributions they’ve made to technology, education, health care, and innovation in Minnesota.
African Americans in Science activities are free with regular exhibit gallery admission ($13 for adults and $10 for kids and seniors) and will take place throughout the museum; check at the Box Office on level 5 for a complete program. For more information, call (651) 221-9444 or visit www.smm.org.
Need a break from homework? Students get smart on Friday nights! Every Friday after 5 p.m., the Science Museum offers a great deal on museum admission for students. Visitors with a valid student ID can present it at the box office to take advantage of Student IDiscount: discounted pricing on any combination of museum admission, Omnitheater films, and special exhibits. This discount is not available online. For more information, visit www.smm.org/students or call (651) 221-9444.
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.
Amantes de la Ciencia event – Saturday, February 1, 2014, 1 – 4 p.m.
Social Science – Thursday, February 6, 2014
American Indians in Science event – Saturday, February 15, 2014, 1 – 4 p.m.
Asian Americans in Science event – Saturday, February 22, 2014, 1 – 4 p.m.
Ultimate Dinosaurs exhibition – Opens March 1, 2014
Dinosaurs Alive! Omnitheater film – Opens March 1, 2014
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: Visitors can 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. This 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.
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.
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.