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 Monday, November 30, 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

    November 13, 2015-June 2, 2016
    Monday-Friday: 2 p.m.
    Saturday and Sunday: 2 p.m., 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

    November 13, 2015-June 2, 2016
    Monday-Friday: 11:15 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 1 p.m., 3:45 p.m.
    Saturday and Sunday: 11:45 a.m., 1 p.m., 3:45 p.m.

  • 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.

    November 13, 2015-June 2, 2016

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

  • 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!

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

  • Humpback Whales 3D

    Take an extraordinary journey into the hidden world of one of nature’s most awe-inspiring marine mammals in Humpback Whales 3D. Driven to extinction nearly 50 years ago, humpbacks are making a slow but remarkable recovery. Swim through the waters off of Alaska, Hawaii, and the Kingdom of Tonga as researchers explore why humpbacks are beautifully acrobatic, why they sing their haunting songs, and why these intelligent giants migrate an amazing 10,000 miles round-trip each year.

    August 14, 2015 - January 28, 2016
    Mon-Sun: 3 p.m.
    Fri-Sat: 7 p.m.

  • 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

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

  • Sherlock Holmes and the Birth of Forensic Science

    From the mind and pen of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle sprang the concepts, practices, and techniques of modern forensic science. Blood analysis, fingerprinting, crime scene investigation, and the acquisition of evidence were all standard procedures for Holmes and Watson. With Sue Ware, Zoology Department associate, put on your gloves and roll up your sleeves for the finer points of criminal investigation, forensic science, and shrewd analytical problem solving.

    Sherlock reminds us to “think outside the box,” be calm, look for the unexpected, and examine each and every clue from every angle. Includes three lecture and virtual lab sessions, and one session in The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes.

    Caution: Content will be graphic and is not suitable for children under the age of 16.

    Mondays & Wednesdays, November 30-December 9
    6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
    $150 member, $180 nonmember

    Registration is required.


  • The Power of Poison

    July 10, 2015–January 10, 2016

    Free with General Admission

    The new exhibition The Power of Poison uses immersive environments, engaging interactives, and intriguing mysteries to explore poison and its fascinating role in natural and cultural history, from the pages of fairy tales to the journals of modern medicine. Whether used as a defense against predators, a source of magical strength, or a lethal weapon in medical treatment, the story of poison is surprising at every turn.

  • 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.

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

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