Every day, the Museum offers a number of live demonstrations, most of which are free with Exhibit Halls admission. View the current listing of live presentations and check the Museum's daily schedule for presentation times on a given date.
For all audiences
For Preschoolers: Live Animal Story Time
Hear a story and meet its animal star in a presentation made especially for our younger visitors!
Check out how nanotechnology is transforming medicine, computing, energy, biological imaging, consumer products, and environmental stewardship.
Join our on-stage anchor for a rapid-fire news report touching on the latest headlines in your favorite science subjects.
Rediscovering the Maya
Learn what types of modern and also time-tested technologies are used to unearth this ancient civilization.
Projectiles, explosions, and brain-racking pendulums illustrate energy's many forms.
Explore lightning and storm safety as the world's largest air-insulated Van de Graaff generator hurls indoor bolts.
Live Animal Presentation
Discover the furry, feathered, and scaly residents of our Live Animal Center.
A rotating schedule of live scientific discovery.
Take a closer look at the latest in science and technology in our lives.
Experience the extreme, even bizarre, effects heat and temperature have on solids, liquids, and gases.
Enjoy the science behind magical demonstrations that reveal how "Science is magic that works." (Kurt Vonnegut)
The Amazing Nano Brothers Juggling Show
The atomic world as you've never seen before — hilarious, awe-inspiring, and educational!
Available only to schools as part of a Museum field trip
Balance and Motion
Investigate balance and how forces cause changes in motion.
Earth and Space Exploration
Learn about our changing planet, and hear the latest news on space missions, our solar system, and beyond.
Energy Challenges and Solutions
Investigate current energy issues, or explore tiny energy technologies.
Participate in an investigation activity that supports curriculum standards.
A magician's tablecloth demonstrates relations between mass, velocity, acceleration, and force.
Mind Games & Optical Illusions
Discover what perception-bending illusions reveal about the ways humans interact with the world.
Our Bodies, Our Health
Check out health-related presentations on influenza, trans fats, cancer, asthma, stem cells, and more.
Sound and Music
Explore volume and pitch with vibrations from a medley of improvised instruments.
Technology in Our Lives
Learn all about the Large Hadron Collider, robotics, the future of computing, and more.
Watch as indoor wind, clouds, fog, and snow are made right before your eyes!