Education Enterprises and Traveling Exhibits
The Education Enterprises team promotes the understanding of science and engineering both within the Museum through temporary and traveling exhibits, and throughout the Museum community by collaborating on projects and providing services, consultation, and products.
Products include traveling exhibits, the duplication of interactive exhibits, and the licensing of program materials, public presentations, and Planetarium shows. In addition to products outlined below, we are available to discuss the purchase or duplication of any other permanent exhibits developed by our team of experts. All exhibits at the Museum of Science go through extensive prototyping and evaluation during the development phase, and – with more than 1.5 million visitors annually – have undergone rigorous testing in our own Exhibit Halls.
We look forward to collaborating with you!
Photo © Larry Ralph
Current traveling exhibits include our blockbuster Star Wars®: Where Science Meets Imagination and several small exhibits that focus on recent developments in engineering and technology, scientific discovery, exploration, and climate and environmental issues.
In 2013, the Museum of Science unveiled our eagerly anticipated Hall of Human Life. We are currently exploring options for the sale, rental, or licensing of interactive components and intellectual property developed as part of this exciting new 10,000-square-foot permanent exhibition.
UPCOMING – The Science Behind Pixar
Our upcoming traveling exhibit, The Science Behind Pixar will explore how Pixar Animation Studios combines science, technology, engineering, and math with art to create some of the world's most popular animated films. This 10,000-square-foot interactive, hands-on exhibit will preview at the Museum of Science in June 2015 and will be available as a rental as part of a national tour. To date, we have had incredible interest in this project and the first 9 slots are filling fast with many already under agreement. Contact us for information on booking.Contact us if you would like to be added to our mailing list for more information on these new opportunities.
Star Wars®: Where Science Meets Imagination
After a successful initial tour around the United States, Star Wars®: Where Science Meets Imagination went international with showings in Melbourne and Sydney, Australia. Star Wars®: Where Science Meets Imagination returned to North America to continue its tour, visiting a total of 20 venues before ending its eight-year journey on March 23, 2014. The first exhibition of its kind, this exhibit combined costumes and props from all six Star Wars® films with interactive exhibits related to real-world technologies.
Beyond the X-Ray
This 2,000-square-foot exhibit uses informational graphics, hands-on activities, and multimedia testimonials to explore the technology and history of medical imaging. X-ray, MRI, CT, ultrasound, PET, and three-dimensional imaging are each discussed, and visitors can explore the significance, applications, and potential risks of these technologies in health care today.
What I Eat: Around the World in 25 Diets
This 2,000-square-foot collection of 25 photographs, stories, and hands-on activities by photojournalist Peter Menzel and writer Faith D'Aluisio takes visitors on a captivating culinary trek around the world. This exhibit highlights the similarities and differences in the ways different cultures approach and consume food.
Produced by the Museum of Science in collaboration with Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio. Photo essays © Peter Menzel.
The Lexicon of Sustainability
This pop-up information-art exhibition features 24 photographs in 12 free standing frames that illuminate the vocabulary of sustainable agriculture. The Lexicon educates, engages and activates people to pay closer attention to how they eat, what they buy, and where their responsibility begins for creating a healthier, safer food system in America. Lexicon is available rent-free for short-term loan to community-based organizations in the Eastern Massachusetts area. Borrower is to arrange all transportation.
Design Challenges – Engage Youth in Making
The Museum of Science’s Design Challenges program introduces young learners to the engineering design cycle. Through a series of activities, participants are challenged to think like an engineer while they exercise their creativity to construct, test, and improve their prototypes to reach a specified goal. Design Challenges stimulates participants’ interest in making and understanding how things work, and in the role creativity plays in arriving at solutions to problems both great and small.
We are now pleased to present two of our most popular Design Challenges activities: Soaring Satellites and Bobsled Racer – available for purchase by your institution!
Planetarium Shows and Additional Program Licensing
New presentations, programs, shows, and interactive exhibits are under constant development by our team of Museum educators. Our most popular offerings include our own Museum-produced Planetarium shows, which provide immersive deep-space fulldome theater experiences for audiences of all ages. We also license the use of many of our public programs and science theater presentations.
Undiscovered Worlds: The Search Beyond Our Sun
Join the hunt for new worlds like our own! Undiscovered Worlds explores a timeless question: do other planets like Earth exist? Travel to distant stars and fly up close to exotic planets. Experience the science that may shift perspectives on humanity's place in the cosmos.
24- and 30-minute versions are available. Co-written with Alan Lightman, this show features an original orchestral score. Produced by the Museum of Science, this Planetarium show won Best Immersive Fulldome Program at the 2012 Jackson Hole Science Media Awards.
Moons: Worlds of Mystery
Take a journey through our solar system and explore the remarkable diversity and surprising power of moons! Visit the far side of our own Moon, explore lakes of liquid methane and mountainous cliffs on Saturn’s Titan, and discover the turbulent volcanoes of Jupiter’s Io. Moons: Worlds of Mystery reveals how moons form, how they continue to change, and how they play a crucial role in the ongoing evolution of our solar system.
24- and 35-minute versions are available. Narrated by Ed Helms. Written and produced by the Museum of Science, this Planetarium show was nominated for Best Immersive Fulldome Program at the 2013 Jackson Hole Science Media Awards.
For more details and Planetarium show licensing information, please contact David Rabkin, director, Charles Hayden Planetarium, 617-589-0149, or Danielle Thompson, Education Enterprise Product Coordinator, 617-589-4289.