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  • Calendar of EventsAugust – September 2019


  • August September

    CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTSInformation is subject to change. Please confirm all dates and times: 617-723-2500,

    Summer Thursdays: Summer SlashersSee the original horror classic Friday the 13th under the Planetarium dome. 7:30 p.m. ! $ A

    Summer Thursdays: eGamingIndulge your competitive side in the immersive world of the Planetarium with an Overwatch tournament. 7:30 p.m. ! $ A

    Book Club for the CuriousJoin a discussion about The Genius Within: Unlocking Your Brain’s Potential by David Adam. CIC, Cambridge. 5:30 p.m.

    Summer Thursdays: Live MusicThe Providence-based indie trio Arc Iris performs under the Planetarium dome. 7:30 p.m. ! $ A

    Butterfly and Caterpillar WeekendLearn all about butterflies and caterpillars through activities and live presentations. 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Also Sunday, August 18.

    Summer Thursdays: Medusa: Reclaiming the MythFinal performance of a new multimedia musical experience with cabaret ensemble What Time Is It, Mr. Fox. 7:30 p.m. ! $ A

    Summer Thursdays: Coleslaw’s Corner: Year One ExtravaganzaEnjoy a special edition of our award- winning drag performance series under the Planetarium dome. 7:30 p.m. ! $ A

    Polymer DayLearn all about the ubiquitous material with activities and live presentations. 12:00 p.m.

    Book Club for the CuriousJoin a discussion about The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming by David Wallace-Wells. CIC, Cambridge. 5:30 p.m.

    Thomas & FriendsTM: Explore the Rails Opens This interactive exhibit includes the engines and destinations from the hit TV show with a focus on STEM learning.

    Thomas & Friends™ 4-D: Bubbling Boilers! Opens4-D Film—Join Thomas & Friends in this thrilling 4-D adventure as they encounter big surprises while racing to an exciting celebration on Sodor.

    The Congo 4-D: Life in the Rainforest Opens4-D Film—Explore the mesmerizing creatures that battle for space and survival in the danger-ous tropical rainforests of the Congo.

    Member Appreciation NightExclusive Member Event—Exhibit Halls open to our special guests: you, our members! 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

    Kusama —InfinitySee a special screening of the film about the groundbreaking artist Yayoi Kusama. 7:00 p.m. M ! A


    M Members may reserve tickets in advance and/or receive discounts.

    ! Reservations are either required or strongly recommended.

    $ A fee is associated with this event or exhibit.

    A For visitors 18 years of age and older.










    September ClosingsSeptember is usually a quiet month, so it’s a great time to visit. However, Museum staff use this slower time to conduct exhibit and theater maintenance, which may close key spaces for several days. Closures for theaters and main venues are listed at

    PLEASE NOTE: The entire Museum is closed Tuesday, September 3.



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    Adult ProgramsFor more information: 617-723-2500, Funded in part by the Barbara and Malcolm L. Sherman Fund for Adult Programs and by the David and Marion Ellis Endowment Fund.


    Redefine your nightlife with our evening programs for adults 18+!

    Summer ThursdaysThursdays through August 29; 7:30 p.m.Last chance to experience summer nightlife under the Charles Hayden Planetarium dome with a different exciting program each week!

    • August 1: Screening of the original horror classic Friday the 13th

    • August 8: Overwatch eGaming tournament

    • August 15: Live music with Arc Iris

    • August 22: Medusa: Reclaiming the Myth (multimedia experience)

    • August 29: Coleslaw’s Corner: Year One Extravaganza (drag show)

    • Fee: Varies; purchase tickets at

    Book Club for the Curious Thursdays, August 8 and September 12; 5:30 p.m.Free and open to the public, these monthly book discussions focus on science, technology, and their impact on society.

    • Location: CIC, One Broadway, 14th Floor, Cambridge, MA.

    • August 8: The Genius Within: Unlocking Your Brain’s Potential by David Adam.

    • September 12: The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming by David Wallace-Wells.

    • Presented in partnership with CIC.

    • For more information:

    Kusama—Infinity: The Life and Art of Yayoi KusamaWednesday, September 25; 7:00 p.m.Join us for a one-night-only screening of this astonishing story of the remarkable talent Yayoi Kusama, who has created a legacy of groundbreaking artwork for more than six decades. The program includes an introduction by and Q&A with Reto Thüring, Beal Family Chair of the Depart-ment of Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

    • Free, thanks to the generosity of the Lowell Institute.

    • Presented in collaboration with the Japan Society of Boston.

    • Advance registration begins Monday, September 9 for members (Wednesday, September 11 for the general public) at

    Music Under the DomeFriday and Saturday eveningsUnder the Planetarium dome, experience one of our most innovative and immersive offerings, celebrating the music of such icons as Beyoncé, Radiohead, Justin Timberlake, and more!

  • ON EXHIBIT THROUGH JANUARY 5See the breathtaking complexity, resilience, and vulnerability of the human body in distress, disease, and optimal health in BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life, the Museum’s newest traveling exhibition. More than 100 authentic human specimens, including whole-body plastinates, show how our lifestyle choices can lead to longer, happier, and healthier lives.

    Special Member Price: $7

    • Admission at the member rate is limited to the number of Exhibit Halls entries permitted with your membership level.

    • Admission is by timed ticket only. Advance reservations are highly recommended.

    Purchase tickets at in for member pricing.

    Exhibit Halls For more information: 617-723-2500,

    New! Thomas & FriendsTM: Explore the RailsOpens Saturday, September 21Interact with the engines and destinations from the hit TV show in an exhibit for children ages 2 – 7 that incorporates STEM learning. Climb into a train cab, flip levers, become a conductor, and much more!

    BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of LifeThink you know what makes you, you? The Museum’s newest blockbuster exhibition uses real human specimens to show the body at every stage of life.

    Wicked Smart: Invented in the HubGreater Boston-based innovations and their creators are the focus of this permanent exhibit.

    Butterfly GardenExplore a living exhibit filled with sunlight, plants, and free-flying butterflies. Timed tickets required. Member price: $5.

    Thrill Ride 360°Take a ride on a roller coaster you design in this full-motion experience! Timed tickets required. Member price: $5.


    Live presentations are offered throughout the day every day. For current schedules and to learn about our offerings on a given day: 617-723-2500,

    Recapturing Our ClimateMost days; 12:30 p.m. Gordon Current Science & Technology CenterClimate change is a global issue that impacts every aspect of society. Join our on-stage presenter as we explore ways people around the world are creating solutions. Learn how to address this challenge through technology, adaptation, and resiliency.

  • 4-D TheaterFor showtimes and tickets: 617-723-2500, Shows run approximately 15 minutes. Member price: $5.

    Returning! Thomas & Friends™ 4-D: Bubbling Boilers!Opens Saturday, September 21 Join Thomas & Friends in this thrilling 4-D adventure as they encounter big surprises while racing to an exciting celebration on Sodor. © 2019 Gullaine (Thomas) Limited.

    New! The Congo 4-D: Life in the RainforestOpens Saturday, September 21 Explore the mesmerizing creatures that battle for space and survival in the dangerous tropical rainforests of the Congo.The BBC and BBC Earth are trademarks of the British Broadcasting Corporation and are used under license. BBC logo © BBC 1996. Photography © Rosie Thomas

    SMALLFOOT 4-D ExperienceAn extraordinary adventure for all ages, SMALLFOOT 4-D Experience turns myth upside down when a bright young yeti finds something he thought didn’t exist—a human. SMALLFOOT and all related characters and elements © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (s19)

    Last Chance! Shark: A 4-D Experience®

    Through Friday, September 20 Explore the complex nature of some of the world’s strangest and most mysterious ocean species in BBC Earth’s Shark: A 4-D Experience®. The BBC and BBC Earth are trademarks of the British Broadcasting Corporation and are used under license.

    Last Chance! Splash and Bubbles: 4-D Undersea AdventureThrough Friday, September 20 Splash, Bubbles, Dunk, and Ripple need YOUR help to find Dunk’s lost lucky pebble as they embark on an epic adventure exploring our one big ocean!TM & © 2019 The Jim Henson Company. © 2019 Herschend Entertain-ment Studios.

    Mugar Omni TheaterFeaturing New England’s only IMAX® Dome screen. For showtimes, tickets, and a complete list of films now playing: 617-723-2500, Shows run approximately 50 minutes. Member price: $5.

    Sponsored by


    Great Bear RainforestJourney to a land of grizzlies, sea otters, and the rare all-white spirit bear. Enjoy a unique look at a place hidden on Canada’s remote Pacific Coast and protected by the region’s indigenous people for millennia.

    CubaVisit an island nation preserved in time, yet poised on the cusp of dramatic change. Learn about its vibrant culture through the eyes of artists, historians, and scientists.

    Great Barrier ReefSee how this natural wonder has endured for thousands of years and will continue to do so far into the future.

  • Charles Hayden Planetarium Our state-of-the-art Planetarium showcases a wide variety of original programming, including live and pre-recorded presen-tations. For showtimes and tickets: 617-723-2500, Shows run approximately 35 – 45 minutes. Member price: $5.


    Destination Mars: The New FrontierDiscover how NASA and its partners are revolutionizing space travel, and explore the technologies that will take humans from Earth back into deep space—and eventually to Mars. Featuring the voice of astronaut and pioneer Dr. Mae Jemison.Produced by the Museum of Science with support from NASA.

    Explore: The Universe Leave Earth behind and journey through the cosmos with a Planetarium educator as your interactive tour guide and pilot to our solar system, the Milky Way, and more.

    Moons: Worlds of MysteryExperience the spectacular forces at work on these natural satellites, and discover just how complex and wild the solar system really is. This award-winning show was produced by the Museum of Science.

    Gilliland ObservatoryFree, thanks to the generosity of the Lowell Institute.

    Astronomy After HoursFridays; 8:30 – 10:30 p.m. in August (8:00 – 10:00 p.m. in September)On clear nights, view stars, planets, the Moon, and other astronomical phenomena from the roof of the Museum garage! On cloudy nights, stay tuned for opportunities to participate in astronomy-related activities run by our knowledgeable staff. For more details, check the Museum’s Twitter feed or call our hotline at 617-589-0267. We’ll update with the evening’s plans by 5:30 p.m. on the day of the program.

    Bring the Museum to Your School!Traveling Programs engage your students with a variety of Museum experiences such as portable planetariums, hands-on workshops, and exciting presentations. Eighteen standards-based programs are available to enhance your curriculum units on geology, astronomy, phys-ics, life sciences, and engineering.

    • To learn more and book for the 2019 – 2020 school year:, 617-589-0354, [email protected]

    Photo © Nicolaus Czarnecki

    Photo © Nicolaus Czarnecki

  • Avoid peak times by arriving before 10:30 a.m. or after 3:00 p.m.

    MEMBER TIPSFollow these and use your member benefits to get the most out of every visit!

    Questions? Call 617-589-0180 or visit

    Bring your current membership card for faster Exhibit Halls entry.

    Reserve tickets in advance: 617-723-2500,

    Take public transportation! For parking tips:

    Arrive at least one hour before scheduled shows.


    Save time—go online! To sign up:

    Purchased tickets on-line or by phone? Your email confirmation may be used as your ticket.

    Remember to redeem electronic passes for timed tickets.




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    Join the Charles River CleanupThe Charles River accumulates floating debris during the spring and summer—and the Charles River Cleanup Boat comes to the rescue, now through early October! The Museum donates funds to support the effort, and Museum staff account for a significant number of the program’s volunteers. Still, this privately funded nonprofit needs more help. Learn more at

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    Member EventsFor more information: 617-589-0180,

    Member Appreciation NightSunday, September 22; 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.Enjoy a members-only journey through the Exhibit Halls in a less crowded setting and enjoy exclusive activities and more. Watch your email for full details!

    • Free with complimentary parking. No reservations required.

    • Entrance is limited to the number of Exhibit Halls admissions permitted with your membership level. Be sure to bring your active membership card with you.

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    Cover Photo © Ashley McCabe

    EventsFor more information: 617-723-2500,

    Butterfly and Caterpillar WeekendSaturday, August 17 and Sunday, August 18; 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.Meet an amazing array of native New England caterpillars in various stages of development on their host plants. Learn more about butterflies and caterpillars through live presentations and interpretations in the Blue Wing, Lower Level and other locations throughout the Museum.

    • Free with Exhibit Halls admission.

    Polymer DaySaturday, August 31; 12:00 – 2:30 p.m.Scientists from UMass host the 11th annual event dedicated to the versatile chain molecules. Participate in engaging activities and see a live presentation on the Gordon Current Science & Technology Center Stage at 12:30 p.m.

    • Free with Exhibit Halls admission.

    Museum of Science exhibitions and educational programs receive important support from individual members and donors

    like you. Additional support provided by:

    We gratefully acknowledge the support of:

    Museum of Science 617-723-2500

    Premier Partner Media Partner

    Book a Field Trip for 2019 – 2020

    A field trip to the Museum of Science is the perfect complement to classroom curriculum and shows students that science is more than just a school subject—it’s a part of their everyday lives! Students can interact with numerous STEM-focused exhibits and learn from Museum educators during our live presentations.

    • To learn more: 617-723-2500, [email protected]

    Photo © Ashley McCabe

    Adopt a Butterfly!Sponsor a butterfly in someone’s name as a fun way to celebrate a birthday, an anniversary—or any milestone that deserves a unique acknowledgment! All packages include a sponsorship certificate, a species fact sheet, and a packet of milkweed seeds to aid in butterfly conservation at home.

    Your gift will support the Butterfly Garden and ensure that funds are available to provide necessary improvements and maintenance that will allow visitors of all ages and abilities to enjoy this immersive learning experience.

    • To learn more:

  • Inside This Issue

    • Incredible Insect Invasion!

    • Lotsa Axolotls

    • Science Runs This Town

    Sparks!AUGUST – SEPTEMBER 2019

    A Newsletter for Members and Friends of the Museum of Science

    Summer Fun for All Ages!Butterfly and Caterpillar Weekend shines bright, Summer Thursdays continue into the night.

    Have you finalized your August plans? Before you do, we have some smart-fun recommendations to heat up your late summer calendar. The whole family will be pleased to know the Museum’s popular Butterfly and Caterpillar Weekend returns August 17 and 18 for a fourth year. Meanwhile, our Summer Thursdays program continues with a stellar lineup of shows and activities under the Charles Hayden Planetarium dome.

    A Closer Look The star of Butterfly and Caterpillar Weekend is the Caterpillar Lab from the New

    Hampshire-based nonprofit of the same name. With no separation glass, you have

    a front-row seat to witness these young crawlers in various stages of development as

    they move around on their host plants while eating, camouflaging, and even defending

    themselves against perceived threats. Caterpillar Lab staff will be here to answer your

    questions and share information.

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  • Butterfly and Caterpillar Weekend August 17 and 18

    Continued from cover

    Enjoy hands-on activities

    throughout the

    Museum, including

    a chance for budding

    lepidopterists to practice their

    observation and classification skills when

    early childhood educators guide them through

    our collection of preserved butterflies and moths.

    See engaging presentations on the Shapiro Family

    Science Live! Stage, including a reading of The Very

    Hungry Caterpillar. The show includes a visit from

    some live caterpillars!


    New to this year’s program: an opportunity

    to be a butterfly tracker. Download the free

    app iNaturalist, and when you open it find

    “Museum of Science Butterfly BioBlitz 2019.”

    Your next step is to take pictures of the

    butterflies you find and share them. Come

    in on Butterfly and Caterpillar Weekend to

    see what species fellow New Englanders

    spotted! If you can’t download the app, you

    can find a recording sheet at

    Butterfly and Caterpillar Weekend is

    fun for the whole family, but our third

    annual Summer Thursdays lineup that’s

    redefining Boston nightlife is exclusively

    for the 18+ crowd. Kick off the final

    month on August 1 with a screening

    of Friday the 13th. The classic slasher

    flick was originally released in 1980

    and remains a force in pop culture today.

    Return on August 8 with a skilled eGaming

    team for an Overwatch tournament.

    You could win $600!

    The Providence-based indie rockers

    Arc Iris will perform on August 15,

    and on August 22 you can immerse

    yourself in Medusa: Reclaiming

    the Myth, a unique multimedia musical

    experience that updates the ancient

    story for the modern era. The program

    concludes August 29 with Coleslaw’s

    Corner: Year One Extravaganza—

    a next-level drag performance.

    Purchase tickets in advance at

    “Caterpillars are as unique and diverse as the butterflies and moths they

    metamorphize into,” says Lea Morgan, curator of invertebrates in the

    Butterfly Garden. “They can be brightly colored with alien-like projections

    to advertise danger or dull and cryptic to evade predation.”

    Visit the Butterfly Garden to see a wide variety of living butterflies and

    other perhaps less beautiful, but no less fascinating, insects. While

    here for the special weekend, build your own habitat that you can

    take home to attract butterflies.

    Free with Exhibit Halls admission. Free for members. (Butterfly Garden requires purchase of separate timed ticket.) For more information:

  • You’ll have a smile on your face when you see the axolotls,

    a unique type of salamander, that will soon call the Museum’s

    expansive Hall of Human Life home. Yes, they are the same star attractions

    from our recent Nature’s Superheroes: Life at the Limits temporary exhibit. Their

    transition from visitors to permanent residents is not just an opportunity to

    learn more about them, but also about yourself!

    What Makes an Adult?

    The axolotl is a neotenic species, meaning as an adult it retains juvenile

    characteristics (most noticeably, gills) that other salamanders lose as they

    enter maturity. Observing and learning about axolotls raises questions of

    what it means to be an adult—as an axolotl and even as a human.

    “When we talk about developmental milestones, such as taking your first

    step or reaching your adult height, everyone reaches them in their own

    unique time,” says Justin Harris, Hall of Human Life program manager.

    “You can’t start counting the days or years from birth and expect to know

    exactly when something will happen. Similarly, some people might say

    axolotls are behind because they retain many juvenile features even

    after they reach sexual maturity. But their bodies are doing exactly

    what they are supposed to do.”

    For researchers, one of the most exciting features that the axolotls retain

    into adulthood is the ability to regrow body parts after injury. This makes

    them useful for scientists working to develop regenerative medicine, and

    maybe one day give people the ability to regrow new body parts.

    You can soon see these new residents in the Hall of Human Life. And while

    you’re there, enjoy more than 70 interactive components that will change

    how you engage with your biology and manage your health!

    Coming to the Hall of Human Life: Lotsa AxolotlsThe unique species gives insight into what it means to be a grownup.

    More to Explore!

    Since opening in 2013, the Hall of Human

    Life has taken visitors on an impressive

    interactive journey inside the human body—

    raising questions, providing answers,

    and challenging you to look at health in

    new ways. It’s a perfect complement to

    BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life, our

    blockbuster traveling exhibition. And

    learn even more from our educators with

    their engaging BODY WORLDS-related

    presentations in the Gordon Current

    Science & Technology Center. Visit for schedules.

    Hall of Human Life Green Wing, Level 2

  • Thomas & FriendsTM: Explore the Rails Opens Saturday, September 21

    Thomas & Friends Roll into BostonMeet characters from the hit TV show while learning about trains and STEM!

    The world’s most famous tank engine is making a temporary

    stop at the Museum of Science. Thomas & FriendsTM: Explore

    the Rails, opening September 21 in the Exhibit Halls, includes

    many of the characters and locations from the hit children’s

    television show, with lots of opportunities for interactive STEM

    learning aimed at Museum visitors ages 2 – 7.

    As Seen on TV

    You’ll feel like you’re right there with your friend Thomas

    surrounded by the Island of Sodor’s iconic locations:

    Knapford Station, Sodor Steamworks, and many more.

    Help Thomas and his friends solve challenges ranging

    from simple shape identification to more complex

    engineering problems.

    Climb into Thomas’s cab and see the engine’s inner work-

    ings. Then flip levers and handle movable parts that create

    the sounds of brakes, whistles, and steam. Fix Percy’s wobbly

    wheel by removing and replacing parts and work with others

    to load his coal box and fill his tank with water from a tower.

    Other activities include loading luggage, livestock, and other

    freight into the train as well as putting on a conductor’s

    uniform to exchange money and sell tickets.

    Preparing Young Learners

    The exhibit was developed by the Minnesota Children’s

    Museum, whose president Dianne Krizan says it delivers

    “high-quality playful learning experiences” rooted in STEM.

    “The skills and proficiencies children learn and refine

    through play in the early years set the stage for future

    learning and success from the kindergarten classroom to

    the workplace,” Krizan says.

    This is mostly a science exhibit, but it’s also about history with

    the Thomas & Friends retrospective. See model engines from

    the original live action series, copies of the original drawings

    and manuscripts from creator Rev. W. Awdry, and memora-

    bilia documenting the history and evolution of the characters

    through various media and toys.

    Meet popular characters and up your STEM game with

    Thomas & FriendsTM: Explore the Rails, scheduled to arrive

    September 21. The visit is free with Exhibit Halls admission.

    No extra ticket or luggage required.

    © 2019 Gullane (Thomas) Limited. Thomas & Friends™: Explore the Rails was created by Minnesota Children’s Museum, presented by Fisher-Price and sponsored by 3M.

    Continue the ride on-screen

    with Thomas & FriendsTM 4-D:

    Bubbling Boilers!, returning to

    the 4-D Theater September 21.

    Film runs approximately 15 minutes.Separate timed ticket required.


    It’s time to lace up your running shoes and put on your favorite STEM-inspired attire for a sensational science-themed 5K fun run along the Esplanade on the Charles River. The Museum’s inaugural Sci-K is the perfect fall activity for everyone!

    Families, friends, and individuals of all ages are welcome to join the fun and support a great cause during this dog-and-stroller-friendly, untimed run! Award ceremony (who’ll win for best costume? top fundraiser?) with food, beverages, and science activities follows the run.

    Proceeds raised from this event will support the Museum’s Discovery Center, which inspires our youngest scientists through creative learning.

    Participate in our first-ever zany fun run!



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    3 Buddies Explore Science Dozens of Boston Public Schools middle school

    students with autism spectrum disorder enjoyed

    several weekly guided visits to the Museum this

    year through the Buddies Exploring Science

    Together (BEST) Program. Museum educators

    and Boston University occupational therapy

    graduate students guided their visits. This is the

    seventh year of the program, which is supported

    by a grant from the Liberty Mutual Foundation.

    4 Museum Pride In June the Museum marked LGBTQ Pride

    Month in various ways. For the first time,

    Museum staff officially marched in the Boston

    Pride Parade, held this year on Saturday, June 8.

    Throughout the month the rainbow flag flew in

    front of our building during the day while the

    Museum tower displayed those bright colors at

    night. And our social media pages highlighted

    various LGBTQ high achievers in the

    STEM fields.

    5 Computer Science for Kids The Museum is developing an elementary

    computer science program that leverages the

    pedagogy, lesson structure, and key elements of

    our award-winning Engineering is Elementary®

    curriculum. This summer and throughout the

    school year, we’ll be working with educators

    to pilot test our new computer science units.

    This work is funded by grants from Bloomberg

    Philanthropies and Dell. We look forward to

    finding new ways to prepare today’s youngest

    learners for success in school and in life. To

    learn more, visit

    1 Fueling Traveling Programs The Museum’s 2019 Boston Marathon® team

    raised more than $204,000 for Traveling

    Programs, which bring science to more than

    100,000 students annually. The Museum is

    a proud community partner of the Boston

    Athletic Association, offering the Traveling

    Programs presentations to the cities and

    towns along the race course and in local

    community events and festivals. Since 2009,

    the Boston Marathon runners have raised

    over $1.2 million for Traveling Programs, with

    the funds supporting scholarships, program

    expansion, and much more.

    2 Wonderfund Award The Massachusetts Department of Children

    and Families (DCF) and the Massachusetts

    Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to

    Children presented the Museum with the

    Commissioner’s Community Award for our

    partnership with DCF and the Wonderfund

    that benefits the Commonwealth’s foster

    children and their families (shown, from

    left: Museum associate vice president, visitor

    experience and operations Heather Calvin

    and DCF commissioner Linda Spears). Since

    this partnership was created last year, more

    than 2,100 families have enrolled, leading to

    approximately 200 free Museum visits per

    month. Learn more at

    Museum News




  • General Information

    EDUCATIONAL RESOURCESWilliam and Charlotte Bloomberg Science Education Center

    A transformational $50 million gift from Bloomberg Philanthropies solidifies the Museum’s position as one of the world’s premier educational institutions by ensuring the ability of our educators to create and share world-class exhibits, programs, and K – 12 curricula on a global scale.

    Field Trips

    A field trip to the Museum is the perfect complement to classroom curriculum. To learn more about planning an unforgettable field trip: 617-723-2500, [email protected],

    Traveling Programs

    Bring a fun, interactive Museum program to your PreK – 8 school or community center! Information and reservations: 617-589-0354, [email protected],

    ACCESSIBILITYFor information or accommodation requests: 617-723-2500, [email protected], Please request ASL interpreters at least two weeks in advance.

    DIRECTIONS AND PARKING• Address 1 Science Park, Boston, MA 02114• Detailed Directions • On-site Parking Museum garage parking is available first come, first served. Members receive a discount.

    Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

    The Museum garage (4th floor) houses Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations capable of charging up to four cars simultaneously. While there is no cost to charge your car, you will need a ChargePoint account to access. Regular garage parking fees apply. For more information:

    Blue Bikes Share Program

    Blue Bikes, metro Boston’s bicycle-sharing system, is available on the Museum’s front plaza. Blue Bikes is a regional partnership between Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, and Somerville.

    GROUP VISITSBring your group to the Museum of Science! For special pricing and more information: [email protected],

    EVENT PLANNINGHost your next event here! Food services provided by Wolfgang Puck Catering. For information: 617-589-0125 (Monday – Friday), [email protected], Members are eligible for special rates.

    BOSTON DUCK TOURSTickets sold on the front plaza. DUCKs depart from the driveway near the T. rex. Tours run daily, April – November. For reservations: 617-267-3825,

    SUPPORT THE MUSEUMIt’s easy when you shop on AmazonSmile! Go to and select the Museum of Science as your charity of choice. You’ll find all the same products, prices, and services that are on, and the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases back to the Museum. Your online shopping can really make a difference!

    Sparks! AUGUST – SEPTEMBER 2019


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    9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    • Friday 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

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