Free Shows and Demos

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

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Events for Friday, April 29, 2016
  • A Beautiful Planet 3D

    A Beautiful Planet 3D is a breathtaking portrait of Earth from space, featuring stunning footage captured by astronauts aboard the International Space Station. The film illustrates the raw beauty of our magnificent planet, and offers a unique understanding of our world—and a hopeful look into the future of humanity. 

    April 29-May 26, 2016
    Daily: 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m.
    Friday & Saturday: 7 p.m.

    May 27-June 30, 2016
    Daily: 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m.
    Friday & Saturday: 7 p.m.

    July 1-September 22, 2016
    Daily: 1 p.m., 4 p.m.
    Friday & Saturday: 6 p.m.

    IMAX
  • 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

    Showtimes:
    November 13, 2015-June 2, 2016
    Daily: 2 p.m.
    Saturday & Sunday: 4:15 p.m.

     

    Planetarium
  • Chocolate: The Exhibition

    February 12–May 8, 2016

    Free with General Admission

    Chocolate. The word conjures up visions of candy bars, hot fudge sundaes, and rich brownies, yet its rustic origins extend back thousands of years. Chocolate: The Exhibition will engage all of your senses as you trace the story of the “food of the gods,” from its earliest cultivation among the ancient peoples of the rain forest to its status today as the world’s favorite sweet. Immersive exhibits, fun interactives, and detailed replicas and objects place chocolate under the lenses of science, history, and popular culture.

    Exhibitions
  • 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

    Showtimes:
    November 13, 2015-June 2, 2016
    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.

    Planetarium
  • 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.

    Showtimes
    November 13, 2015-June 2, 2016

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

    Planetarium
  • Dream to Discovery

    Experience the challenges of the next generation of space exploration. By using exciting real-life projects like NASA's James Webb Space Telescope and the New Horizons mission to Pluto, the show highlights the extreme nature of spacecraft engineering and the life cycle of a space mission - from design and construction to the rigors of testing, launch, and operations. Blast off and take the voyage with us!

    Showtimes:
    November 13, 2015-June 2, 2016
    Daily: 3:15 p.m.

    Planetarium
  • Living in the Age of Airplanes

    It was once very challenging to travel between continents. Now, on any given day, 100,000 airplane flights transport people and products between any two points on Earth in a matter of hours. Filmed in 18 countries across all seven continents, Living in the Age of Airplanes features wondrous sights that show how far we have come and how fast we got there. Narrated by Harrison Ford.

    Showtimes

    March 18-April 28, 2016
    Daily: 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m.
    Friday & Saturday: 7 p.m.

    April 29-May 26, 2016
    Daily: 2 p.m.
    Friday & Saturday: 6 p.m.

    IMAX
  • 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


    Showtimes:
    November 13, 2015-June 2, 2016
    Daily: 10 a.m.

    Planetarium
  • Robot Revolution

    March 18–August 7, 2016

    Explore and interact with a cutting-edge collection of robots from around the world in the new exhibition, Robot Revolution, supported by Google.org with additional major support from The Boeing Company. Learn from them, play with them, and discover how their astonishing skills are changing our lives for the better.

    Exhibitions
  • The Hidden Code with DJ Spooky (6:30 P.M.)

    Imagine a visual odyssey through the cosmos, driven by lush musical compositions and inspired by complex themes of astronomy, engineering, biology, and psychology. The Hidden Code is the newest work by Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky, a composer, music producer, performer, multimedia artist, and National Geographic Emerging Explorer. Commissioned by the Neukom Institute for Computational Science at Dartmouth College, Miller composed the album based on conversations with leading researchers. Experience the intermingling of science and art during this awe-inspiring concert. Cash bar.

    Friday, April 29
    6:30 p.m.
    Gates Planetarium
    $27 member, $33 nonmember

     

    After Hours
  • The Hidden Code with DJ Spooky (8:30 P.M.)

    Imagine a visual odyssey through the cosmos, driven by lush musical compositions and inspired by complex themes of astronomy, engineering, biology, and psychology. The Hidden Code is the newest work by Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky, a composer, music producer, performer, multimedia artist, and National Geographic Emerging Explorer. Commissioned by the Neukom Institute for Computational Science at Dartmouth College, Miller composed the album based on conversations with leading researchers. Experience the intermingling of science and art during this awe-inspiring concert. Cash bar.

    Friday, April 29
    8:30 p.m.
    Gates Planetarium
    $27 member, $33 nonmember

     

    After Hours
  • We Are Aliens

    Earth. It’s now a small world. The human race is connected better and faster than ever before but what about elsewhere? Could we one day be part of a galactic community sharing our knowledge and ideas?  Or is Earth the only planet with life? From the creators of ASTRONAUT and We Are Astronomers, We Are Aliens! takes you on an epic ride in the hunt for the evidence of alien life.  Once again this award-winning studio brings you a production that finely balances science, education and family entertainment. We Are Aliens! narrated by Rupert Grint is an exciting new 360° Fulldome digital planetarium show produced by NSC Creative with input from UK astronomers.

    Showtimes:
    November 13, 2015-June 2, 2016
    Monday-Friday: 1:30 p.m.
    Saturday & Sunday: 11:15 a.m., 1:30 p.m.

    Planetarium
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