Social Science: Tinkerer’s Ball
The Science Museum of Minnesota isn’t just for kids! On Thursday evening, Dec. 5, from 6 to 11 p.m., the museum will again host Social Science, when it opens its doors exclusively to 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. In December, our Social Science theme is Tinkerer’s Ball!
At Social Science: Tinkerer’s Ball, makers, DIYers, and crafters will unite as we celebrate inventors, artists, geeks and plain every day folk who mix new and old technology to create newfangled marvels. Visitors will discover their own inner makers and create with us at this popular adults-only. 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.
Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed closes soon
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. Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed, a 15,000 square-foot hands-on exhibition that sheds light on a mysterious and majestic ancient culture, will close on Sunday, January 5, 2014.
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 Jan. 5, 2014. As with past special exhibitions, admission to Maya will be timed and dated. For more information, visit www.smm.org/maya.
Now showing in the Omnitheater: Mystery of the Maya
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 is now open.
Filmed on location at numerous sacred sites throughout the Maya regions, Mystery of the Maya is the first giant screen film to explore the science and the history of this fascinating culture. It features re-enactments of the archaeological expeditions that uncovered what we know today about the Maya of the Classic period (250-900 AD), considers some of the most remarkable Maya achievements in mathematics, writing, astronomy and calendrics, and ends with some insights into why so many cities were abandoned. Viewers will dig into the story of the Maya and wonder at the vastness and grandeur of their once-hidden ancient cities in a movie experience that only the Omnitheater can provide.
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.
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.
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.
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.
• Omnifest 2014 – January 9 – February 28, 2014
• African Americans in Science event – Saturday, January 18, 2014, 1 – 4 p.m.
• 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. The Science Museum of Minnesota is located at 120 Kellogg Boulevard in downtown St. Paul.