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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!

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Exhibit Rentals

The Science Behind Pixar

Our newest touring exhibition, The Science Behind Pixar, explores how Pixar Animation Studios combines science, technology, engineering, and math with art to create some of the world's most popular animated films. This 12,000-square-foot interactive, hands-on exhibit premiered at the Museum of Science in June 2015 and will begin a 10-year national tour in early 2016. To date, we have had incredible interest in this project and we now have limited tour availability beginning in 2021. Contact us for information regarding hosting Pixar at your institution.

Learn more about this traveling exhibit (PDF)


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.

Learn more about this traveling exhibit (PDF)


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.

Learn more about this traveling exhibit (PDF)


Macro or Micro?

This thought-provoking collection of over 40 photos and stories highlights patterns and similarities in images of vastly different scales— those of Earth taken from satellites and microscopic images of nature taken with a scanning electron microscope. Geographer Steve Young and biologist Paul Kelly have included details describing where, when, size, and scale for each image. As visitors explore and compare these images, some details and similarities will be surprising.

Produced by the Museum of Science, Boston in collaboration with Steve Young and Paul Kelly, Salem State University

Learn more about this traveling exhibit (PDF)


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.

Learn more about this pop-up exhibition or visit the Lexicon website.


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Past Exhibits

Star Wars®: Where Science Meets Imagination

Past traveling exhibits include our blockbuster Star Wars®: Where Science Meets Imagination. More information about this exhibit can be found here.

Available for duplication:

Hall of Human Life

This 10,000-square-foot permanent exhibit opened at the Museum of Science, Boston in November 2013, and now many of the 60 exhibit components are available for duplication and customization for your institution. The exhibit focuses on the ways physiological change affects individuals on a daily basis just as evolutionary change affects human populations over time. Visitors explore how food, physical forces, non-human organisms, social interaction, and time can change us, how we affect or change these factors, and how those changes can impact the future of our species. Using state-of-the-art technology, visitors can track their progress anonymously at 15 different stations with a barcoded wristband, measuring how their biology responds to dynamic environments and then making comparisons with the larger population, as data is assimilated and analyzed.


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!

Learn more about these interactive exhibits (PDF)

Learn more about Design Challenges programming at the Museum of Science

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.

Planetarium Shows

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.

View the educator guide for this offering (PDF)


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.

Learn more about this Planetarium show

View the educator guide for this offering (PDF)


For more details and Planetarium show licensing information, please contact David Rabkin, director, Charles Hayden Planetarium, 617-589-0149, Peter Garland, 617-589-0286, or Larry Ralph, 617-589-0292.

Additional Program Licensing

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