Free Shows and Demos

Want to know what's happening at the Museum?  We have plenty of activities going on daily! Click here for our demonstration and show schedule.

Choose a day below to view the available events, IMAX films, and Planetariums shows.

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Events for Tuesday, January 24, 2017
  • Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity

    In this Museum-produced show, zip through other-worldly wormholes, experience the creation of the Milky Way Galaxy, and witness the violent death of a star and subsequent birth of a black hole.

    Run Time: 25 minutes

    Daily: 2 p.m.
    Saturday & Sunday: 4:15 p.m.


  • Cosmic Journey: A Solar System Adventure

    Volcanoes tower 80,000 feet above a barren surface. Monstrous hurricanes rage for 400 years. And multicolored rings sit suspended in air.

    In Cosmic Journey: A Solar System Adventure, travel through our solar system at many times the speed of light, taking in the wonders of the planets and their moons.

    Run Time: 23 minutes

    Monday-Friday: 11:15 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 1 p.m., 3:45 p.m.
    Saturday & Sunday: 11:45 a.m., 1 p.m., 3:45 p.m.

  • Cretaceous Crash Course

    Experience the vibrancy of the Cretaceous period, the end of the dinosaurs. Using Museum collections to tell evolutionary stories, four vertebrate paleontologists will guide your expedition through this in-depth crash course on the Cretaceous. Curators Joe Sertich and Tyler Lyson will cover vertebrates from dinosaurs, crocodiles, and birds to turtles, lizards, and sea creatures. Research Associate Lou Taylor and Curator David Krause will tackle geology and biogeography in the Cretaceous during this fascinating two-evening study.

    Tuesdays, January 24 & 31
    6:30-8:30 p.m.
    $20 member, $25 nonmember 

    Registration is required.


  • Destination Solar System

    Explore space like never before in the live show Destination Solar System! 

    This out of-this-world tour, departing from Gates Planetarium, takes place on board the Space Express. Travel hundreds of millions of miles in just seconds with Jesse, an enthusiastic, knowledgeable—but inexperienced—tour guide, and Max, a highly advanced, fully integrated onboard computer. Tours of the hottest hot spots and the coldest, stormiest, and most spectacular sights in the solar system await curious space explorers of all ages.


    Daily: 10:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 2:30 p.m.

  • Mummies: New Secrets from the Tombs

    September 23, 2016 – January 8, 2017

    Meet some of the biggest, smallest, and most amazing animals of all time in the exhibition Extreme Mammals. Spectacular fossils, vivid reconstructions, fun interactives, and lifelike models trace the ancestry and evolution of mammals while exploring how and why some of them are so over the top. From tiny to huge, from sloth-like to speedy, with oversized claws, fangs, snouts, and horns, this cast of characters is full of surprises.

  • One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure

    One World, One Sky is a brilliant spectacle of light and color that follows Sesame Street's Big Bird and Elmo as they explore the night sky with Hu Hu Zhu, a new friend from China. Together, they take an imaginary trip from Sesame Street to the moon, where they discover how different it is from Earth. This cross-cultural adventure opens children's eyes to the sky, helping them see how people all over the world are connected.

    Run Time: 23 minutes

    Daily: 10 a.m.

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