Daily Schedule for December 21

Exhibit Halls

Ranging in topic from human biology to the latest high-tech inventions, more than 700 permanent, hands-on exhibits are enhanced by live stage presentations and science interpreters offering one-on-one challenges.

    Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed

    Uncover the rise and eventual decline of this complex civilization, including its social, natural, and spiritual realms.

Scheduled Shows and Events

IMAX Films

  • Ticket required.
  • Approximately 50 minutes.

Galapagos

  • 12:00 pm
  • 3:00 pm
  • 5:00 pm

Journey with marine biologist Dr. Carole Baldwin of the Smithsonian Institution on her first trip to the famed archipelago.

Mystery of the Maya

  • 10:00 am
  • 1:00 pm
  • 4:00 pm

Take a breathtaking trip through Maya culture and history with a modern-day archaeologist and a young Maya descendant.

Pandas: The Journey Home

  • 11:00 am
  • 2:00 pm

Meet the dedicated team working tirelessly to save China's national treasure, the iconic giant panda, from extinction.

Planetarium Shows

  • Ticket required.
  • Approximately 40 minutes.

Explore: The Universe

  • 11:30 am
  • 2:30 pm

Leave the Earth behind and take off with a Planetarium educator as your star pilot.

From Dream to Discovery: Inside NASA Engineering

  • 1:30 pm
  • 4:30 pm

From blueprint to blastoff, see how unmanned space flight is pushing the frontiers of human exploration to the very edges of the universe!

Magic Tree House: Space Mission

10:30 am

Prompted by a mysterious note left in their tree house, brother-and-sister duo Jack and Annie embark on a wondrous journey of adventure.

Tales of the Maya Skies

  • 12:30 pm
  • 3:30 pm

Learn how science, art, and mythology connected the Maya to the universe as you immerse yourself in the beauty of Chichen Itza, Mexico.

Butterfly Garden

Exhibit Halls admission plus timed ticket required.

Walk among the free-flying residents of this warm conservatory filled with exotic plants.

Entry times are available every 15 minutes.

4-D Films

  • Exhibit Halls admission plus timed ticket required.
  • Approximately 15 minutes.

Planet Earth: Shallow Seas 4-D Experience

  • 10:40 am
  • 11:40 am
  • 1:00 pm
  • 3:00 pm
  • 4:00 pm

Sense the pressure, feel the perils, and smell the triumph as you celebrate Earth as never before!

The Polar Express 4-D Experience

  • 9:40 am
  • 10:20 am
  • 11:00 am
  • 11:20 am
  • 12:20 pm
  • 12:40 pm
  • 1:20 pm
  • 1:40 pm
  • 2:20 pm
  • 2:40 pm
  • 3:40 pm
  • 4:20 pm

Go on an extraordinary 4-D adventure this holiday season on THE POLAR EXPRESS!

Live Presentations

  • Free with Exhibit Halls admission; first come, first served.
  • Approximately 20 minutes.

For Preschoolers: Live Animal Story Time

10:30 am

Hear a story and meet its animal star in a presentation made especially for our younger visitors!

Lightning!

  • 11:00 am
  • 12:00 pm
  • 1:00 pm
  • 3:00 pm
  • 4:00 pm

Explore lightning and storm safety as the world's largest air-insulated Van de Graaff generator hurls indoor bolts.

Live Animal Presentation

  • 1:30 pm
  • 3:30 pm

Discover the furry, feathered, and scaly residents of our Live Animal Center.

Science Magic

2:00 pm

Enjoy the science behind magical demonstrations that reveal how "Science is magic that works." (Kurt Vonnegut)

Science Snapshot

  • 11:30 am
  • 12:30 pm

Take a closer look at the latest in science and technology in our lives.

Top 10 Science Stories of 2014

2:30 pm

Discover which stories made the cut and which one sits atop them all as our number one science story of the year!

Drop-In Activities

  • Free with Exhibit Halls admission; first come, first served.
  • Approximately 5 – 20 minutes.

Design Challenges

  • 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • 1:30 – 3:30 pm

Participate in a hands-on activity to design, build, and test a prototype solution to a given problem.

Explore the Ancient Maya

1:30 – 3:30 pm

From impressive architecture to decorative fashion and the foods families ate, explore what life was like in the cities of the ancient Maya.

Investigation Station

2:00 – 3:30 pm

Think like a scientist as you gather evidence and look for answers. Topics vary from chemistry investigations to making your own electricity.

Field Trip Lunches

Due to space limitations in the Riverview Café, you must reserve a 30-minute time slot for lunch when making your field trip reservation.

Lunch times are available every 30 minutes.

Events

In addition to our regularly scheduled shows and presentations, the Museum frequently plans programs that happen within the Exhibit Halls and around Boston.

No events are scheduled for this date. Browse upcoming events.