During this time period, there will be extensive construction on the upper projection booth that will house the new projection equipment. When the new digital technology makes its debut in October of 2016 (the second phase of the renovation will take place at this time next year), the Omnitheater will be the first IMAX Laser Dome theater in the world. This new technology will allow for the brightness, clarity and color that viewers have come to expect in the Omnitheater.
The Omnitheater will re-open to the public with the premiere of the brand new Humpback Whales film on Friday, October 9.
Social Science: Undead Rising is October 1
The Science Museum of Minnesota isn’t just for kids! On Thursday evening, October 1, 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 October, our Social Science theme is Undead Rising!
Tickets to Social Science are $17 per person ($15 for members of the Science Museum and Minnesota Public Radio). Advance reservations are strongly recommended 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**)
Humpback Whales Omnitheater film opens October 9
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 opens on Friday, October 9, taking viewers on a giant-sized exploration of life science in oceans all over the globe.
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. (**images available**)
Take a peek behind the scenes on October 10
On Saturday, October 10 from noon to 4 p.m., Science Museum will have an opportunity to see where some of the museum’s current research and artifact stewardship happens. It’s the next installment of the Behind-the-Scenes Open House, a popular event that gives museum visitors a chance to see what is going on in areas of the museum to which they don’t usually have access. The Collection Vault will be open to the public, and visitors will have opportunities to talk to staff scientists and volunteers and see some of their current research and preparations.
The Behind-the-Scenes Open House festivities are included in regular exhibit gallery admission ($13 for adults and $10 for kids and seniors). Entrance to the Behind-the-Scenes area is on level 3 at the back of the Dinosaurs and Fossils Gallery. For more information, visit smm.org/behindthescenes.
October brings two exhibit openings to the Science Museum
On Wednesday, October 14, the Science Museum will usher in the fall season by opening the doors to two exhibits: one new feature and one returning favorite.
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. RACE debuted 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.
Science learning doesn’t take a break for Education Minnesota
The Science Museum offers a full slate of hands-on science classes for kids during this year’s Education Minnesota conference weekend (October 15 and 16). This fall’s offerings focus on wizardry, forensic science, messy mixtures, and more:
Experience some of the best activities from one of our most popular summer camps — Wizard School! Take a potions class, experiment with levitating objects, and enjoy a fun day in the wizarding world.
Date: Thursday, October 15 , 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $127 per child ($120 per Science Museum member child)
You’re on the case to solve the mystery by delving into the exciting world of forensic science. How do detectives use science to solve crimes? Find out in this two day mini-camp as you follow the clues like a real detective. Examine evidence under microscopes, analyze tracks, and more, as you use science and your powers of deduction to solve the crime.
Date: Thursday, October 15 and Friday, October 16 , 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $210 per child ($200 per Science museum member child)
Mad Scientists’ Laboratory
Come explore our Mad Scientists’ La-bor-a-tory for a day, where there are curiosities to be discovered. Kids in this daylong class will conduct experiments with dry ice, have a hair raising experience with electricity, and make some messy mixtures – if they dare!
Date: Friday, October 16, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $127 ($120 per Science Museum member child)
Science Museum to celebrate Fossil Day on October 17
Earth Science Week is observed nationally from October 11 – 17, 2015. Visitors are invited to celebrate with the Science Museum on Saturday, October 17, when the museum will host Fossil Day from noon to 4 p.m. They’ll find activities around the museum to help them explore Twin Cities fossils, fossil preparation techniques and research, and more. Activities are included in regular Science Museum exhibit gallery admission ($13 for adults and $10 for kids and seniors).
Hair-raising Halloween happenings at the Science Museum of Minnesota
On Saturday, October 31 from noon to 4 p.m., the Science Museum will host Boo-ology, a Halloween event for visitors of all ages. Visitors of all ages will have the chance to join in on a variety of spooky hands-on science activities with a Halloween spin. Boo-ology activities will take place throughout the museum and are included in exhibit gallery admission ($13 for adults and $10 for kids ages 4 to 12). Call (651) 221-9444 for more information.
Also on Saturday, October 31 is the 15 th annual Family Fun Halloween Camp-In event. This spooky overnight adventure includes exhibit gallery admission, a Halloween costume contest, trick-or-treating, Halloween-themed science activities, a Science Live performance, and a campsite in the galleries, as well as dinner, snacks, and a continental breakfast. The Family Fun Halloween Camp-In starts at 3 p.m. on Saturday and concludes at 9 a.m. onSunday, November 1. Cost is $45 per person ($40 per Science Museum member). Ages 4 and under are free. For more information or to register for the Family Fun Halloween Camp-In, call (651) 221-4511 or email[email protected].
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
Girls & Science event – Saturday, November 14, 2015
Omnifest 2016 – January 8 – March 3, 2016
African Americans in Science event – Saturday, January 16, 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:
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.