ST. PAUL (Aug. 30, 2015) — This fall, visitors to the Science Museum of Minnesota’s William L. McKnight-3M Omnitheater will get a memorable look at the fascinating ways that humpback whales communicate, feed, play, and take care of their young. The brand new Humpback Whales Omnitheater film is now open, taking viewers on a giant-sized exploration of life science in oceans all over the globe.
This fall in the Omnitheater, Humpback Whales will sing their way into your heart
Humpback Whales will give viewers a larger-than-life look at the humpback’s migration patterns and the anatomical features and behaviors that make it uniquely suited for its long journey. They’ll be immersed in the grace and splendor of the ocean’s depths as they consider the factors that have allowed the population of this once-threatened species to rebound in the past few decades. And they’ll meet researchers who have made interpreting whale songs and behaviors their life’s work.
Admission to Humpback Whales is $8 for adults and $7 for kids and seniors (combination exhibit gallery and Omnitheater admission is also available). Visitors will find museum hours, Omnitheater show times, and online ticket reservations at www.smm.org.
Two special exhibits offer science fun and learning for everyone
This fall at the Science Museum, visitors will enjoy two special exhibitions: one new one that engages visitors in a compelling whodunit, and one returning favorite about a critical issue facing our society.
RACE: Are We So Different?
Conversations about race have never been more important. This fall, the Science Museum of Minnesota will bring back RACE: Are We So Different?, one of its most powerful exhibit experiences, to help learners of all ages examine the biology, history, and contemporary lived experience of race and racism in the United States. RACEdebuted at the Science Museum in 2007 and has since been visited by more than 4 million people in 57 museums around the United States. Its powerful combination of artifacts, historic and contemporary photography, multimedia components, and interactive activities will give visitors of all ages the opportunity to think and talk about a topic that touches our lives daily.
RACE is designed to encourage dialog about the ways race and racism impact our communities, no matter your background. Don’t miss the chance to join in the conversation.
Sherlock Holmes and the Clocktower Mystery
It’s an interactive short story that draws on your powers of deductive reasoning, and it’s only at the Science Museum of Minnesota this fall. In Sherlock, a crime has taken place in a clocktower in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Victorian London. Find clues in the exhibit’s period rooms, in overheard conversations, and even in the air you breathe. Record your observations, hypothesize about suspects and details, and work together to put the pieces of the puzzle together to reveal whodunit.
Admission to RACE: Are We So Different? and Sherlock Holmes and the Clocktower Mystery are included in regular exhibit gallery admission ($13 for adults and $10 for kids and seniors). Visitors will find museum hours, Omnitheater show times, and online ticket reservations at www.smm.org.
Microscope Day: November 7
On Saturday, November 7 from noon-4 p.m., the Science Museum of Minnesota will welcome the Minnesota Microscopy Society (MMS) to celebrate Microscope Day. MMS will be presenting a variety of demonstrations throughout the museum that will be fun for all ages. Microscope Day activities are included in regular exhibit gallery admission ($13 for adults and $10 for kids and seniors).
Science Museum to host Girls & Science event on November 14
Visitors of all ages are invited to join Fox 9 and women scientists from throughout the area for the Girls & Science event on Saturday, November 14 at the Science Museum. This community event, now in its twelfth year, is designed to foster girls’ enthusiasm for science by showcasing female scientists in wide-ranging fields of science and technology. It’s a perfect opportunity for parents to introduce their daughters to the Twin Cities’ best and brightest science professionals and show them that science is vital to our changing world.
Admission to Girls & Science is included in exhibit gallery admission ($13 for adults, $10 for kids). For more information as details are confirmed, visit www.smm.org/girlsandscience. )
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.
Coming Soon to the Science Museum
Omnifest 2016 – January 8 – March 3, 2016
African Americans in Science event – Saturday, January 16, 2016
Behind-the-Scenes Open House – Monday, January 18, 2016
Amantes de la Ciencia event – Saturday, January 23, 2016
American Indians in Science event – Saturday, January 30, 2016
Asian Americans in Science event – Saturday, February 13, 2016
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.
*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.