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 Thursday, March 05, 2015
  • 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:
    October 10, 2014 - June 4, 2015
    Daily: 2 p.m.
    Saturday and Sunday: 2 p.m., 4 p.m.

     

    Planetarium
  • 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:
    October 10, 2014 - June 4, 2015
    Daily: 10:30 a.m., noon, 2:30 p.m.
    Monday - Friday: 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., noon, 2:30 p.m.

    Planetarium
  • Deepsea Challenge 3D

    As a boy, award-winning filmmaker James Cameron dreamed of a journey to the deepest part of the ocean. Deepsea Challenge 3D is the dramatic fulfillment of Cameron’s dream as it chronicles his solo dive to the untouched depths of the Mariana Trench—nearly seven miles beneath the ocean’s surface—piloting a submersible he designed himself. The risks were astounding; the footage is breathtaking. Deepsea Challenge 3D melds scientific discovery and human ingenuity into a groundbreaking adventure to a new frontier.

    Recommended for ages 7 and up.

    Showtimes:

    February 13 - June 4, 2015
    Mon-Sun: 2:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m.



    IMAX
  • Journey to the South Pacific 3D

    Narrated by Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett, Journey to the South Pacific 3D will take moviegoers on a breathtaking IMAX® 3D adventure to the lush tropical islands of remote West Papua, where life flourishes above and below the sea. Join Jawi, a young island boy, as he takes us on a journey of discovery to this magical place where we encounter whale sharks, sea turtles, manta rays, and other iconic creatures of the sea. Home to more than 2,000 species of sea life, this exotic locale features the most diverse marine ecosystem on earth. An uplifting story of hope and celebration, Journey to the South Pacific 3D highlights the importance of living in balance with the ocean planet we all call home.

    Showtimes:

    February 13 - June 4, 2015
    Mon-Sun: 11:30 a.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:
    October 10, 2014 - June 4, 2015
    Daily: 10 a.m.

    Planetarium
  • Perfect Little Planet

    Imagine the ultimate space vacation! Discover our solar system through a new set of eyes – a family from another star system seeking the perfect vacation spot. Fly over the surface of Pluto, our best known Dwarf Planet. Dive over the ice cliffs of Miranda. Sail through the rings of Saturn. Feel the lightning storms of Jupiter. And walk on the surface of Mars. Which destination would you choose? A solar system journey for space travelers of all ages.

     

    Showtimes:
    October 10, 2014 - June 4, 2015
    Daily: 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.

    Planetarium
  • Tales from the Outer Solar System

    Simulcast from the Adler Planetarium in Chicago

    The past decade has seen a surge in discoveries related to Pluto and Pluto-sized bodies in the outer solar system, giving rise to a new classification of “dwarf planets.” Like Pluto, the larger dwarf planets tell unique stories about the history and evolution of the solar system. Mike Brown, professor at Caltech and author of How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming, will discuss new views of giant collisions, stellar encounters, and planetary rearrangement gained from these discoveries. He will share intriguing new evidence that there is an even larger object lurking far beyond these dwarf planets. Brown believes that this object—if we can find it—will silence lingering questions about Pluto’s planethood and will be rightfully recognized as the ninth planet.

     
    Thursday, March 5
    6:30 p.m.
    Gates Planetarium 
    Free
    Seating is limited to first come, first served.
     
     
    After Hours
  • The Silk Roads and Why They Matter

    Craig Benjamin, a renowned scholar in ancient Eurasian history, explores the origin, operation, and impact of the Silk Roads. The primary function of the network of Silk Roads was to facilitate trade, but the intellectual, social, artistic, and biological exchanges that resulted had an even greater impact on subsequent world history. The comingling of so many goods, ideas, and diseases around a geographical hub deep in central Eurasia generated an extraordinary increase in the complexity of human, commercial, and intellectual relationships, opening a path towards modernity. Benjamin is an associate professor of history at Grand Valley State University in Michigan.
     

    Thursday, March 5
    7 p.m.
    Ricketson Auditorium
    $12 member, $15 nonmember

    After Hours
  • Tiny Giants 3D

    Lower yourself to the level of some of nature’s smallest creatures as they experience some gigantic adventures! Tiny Giants 3D follows a chipmunk in an untamed woodland and a grasshopper mouse in Arizona’s scorched desert as both are forced to grow up fast when they find themselves on their own and facing some ferocious rivals and predators. You will be awed by this suspenseful tale as these mighty minis use their ingenious superpowers to not only survive but to become masters of their universe.

    Recommended for ages 8 and up.

    Showtimes:

    February 13 - June 4, 2015
    Mon-Sun: 10:30 a.m., 3:00 p.m.
    Fri-Sat: 10:30 a.m., 3:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m.

    IMAX
  • We Are Aliens

    Showtimes:
    October 10, 2014 - June 4, 2015
    Daily: 1 p.m., 3 p.m.
    Saturday and Sunday: 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m.

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