Explore, Invent, and Imagine at the Museum of Science This Summer

May 21, 2014

Explore, Invent, and Imagine at the Museum of Science This Summer

Boston—This summer, visitors to the Museum of Science, Boston will experience a wide array of innovative exhibits, engaging films, and unique offerings. Get answers to the most slimy, oozy, crusty, and stinky questions about the human body in GROSSOLOGY: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body, see how math comes to life in the form of music, sports and video games in 2theXtreme: MathAlive!, fall in love with giant pandas on the giant screen in Pandas: The Journey Home, and much more as part of the hands-on fun offered throughout the summer at the Museum.

“We are excited to offer unique, engaging experiences this summer here at the Museum of Science,” said Paul Fontaine, vice president of education. “Where else can you learn about the human body from a ‘Burp Machine,’ race downhill in a snowboarding competition, and visit China to meet some of the world’s nearly extinct pandas?”

In GROSSOLOGY: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body, visitors can explore why their bodies produce mushy, oozy, crusty, scaly, and stinky gunk. Based on the best-selling book Grossology, the exhibit invites visitors to explore the good, the bad, and the downright ugly about runny noses, body odor and much more. Highlights include, the “Vomit Center,” “Toot Toot,” and the “Burp Machine.” GROSSOLOGY opens May 25, 2014 and will run through the summer. Grossology is a registered trademark of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

Also opening May 25, 2014 is 2theXtreme: MathAlive!, an exhibit designed to inspire, to spark the imagination, and to reveal not only math at work but the endless possibilities of math. The exhibit, open through September 1st, brings to life the math behind what kids love most – music, sports, movies, games and more. Using immersive and innovative technologies, visitors will learn how math can be fun through virtual downhill snowboarding race, a photo stage where visitors can capture their own image in a 360-degree freeze action photo, and create and play their own video games. 2theXtreme:MathAlive! is presented nationally by Raytheon Company.

Visitors can also journey to the Wolong National Nature Reserve in the People’s Republic of China without leaving Boston. In Pandas: The Journey Home, now showing in the Mugar Omni Theater, audiences will see the fascinating habits and unique personalities of one of the world’s most beloved animals as never before, experience an incredible story of survival, and meet the team working to save this precious species. This groundbreaking new IMAX film presented by National Geographic Entertainment captures the shy, elusive and gentle creatures that once ranged in great numbers between Beijing and the Himalayas. But now, after centuries of human expansion and destruction of their habitat, the giant pandas are on the brink of extinction, with fewer than 1,600 remaining. Visitors will experience a unique glimpse into one of the most incredible conservation efforts in human history.

Coming late summer, the Museum will open an all-new 4-D Theater. The 4-D Theater experience will combine the visually captivating high-definition capabilities of a 3-D film with in-theater special effects such as wind and snow. This multi-sensory experience will complement your Museum visit by providing fun, family-friendly, engaging, and immersive film content. Visitors will be able to surf the coast with Atlantic bottlenose dolphins and glide alongside a cast of balletic sea lions in Planet Earth: Shallow Seas 4-D Experience; join Dora, Diego, and Boots as they try to catch a Robot Butterfly in Dora & Diego's 4-D Adventure; or journey to Antarctica to meet a lively colony of Emperor Penguins in Happy Feet 4-D Experience!

Other exciting offerings at the Museum this summer include:

Animals Without Passports – Follow along with humpback whales as they migrate from right here in Massachusetts to the Caribbean. Animals Without Passports examines this annual journey from the Atlantic Ocean to warmer tropical waters. Visitors will learn about the hazards that humpbacks face as they cross ocean borders, explore issues impacting the marine ecosystem, and consider our own role in protecting these amazing animals.

Eurekafest – Come observe and cheer on High school students from around the world as they compete in randomly matched teams to design, build and test a wind-powered device on June 21. The day culminates in a rubber duck themed finale which has to be seen to be believed. Ongoing engineering and invention activities for families happen throughout the day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wonders of the Night Sky – Discover the beauty and wonder of the night sky that has fascinated humanity for millennia in a brand new show in the Charles Hayden Planetarium. A live presenter takes you on an adventure through the celestial sights of the summer – from bright stars and constellations to planets and nebulae. End your journey with a trip to one of your favorite planets.

About the Museum of Science, Boston
One of the world's largest science centers and Boston's most attended cultural institution, the Museum introduces about 1.5 million visitors a year to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) via dynamic programs and hundreds of interactive exhibits. Founded in 1830, the Museum was first to embrace all the sciences under one roof. The Hall of Human Life, a groundbreaking 10,000-square-foot exhibition drawing from the latest discoveries in the life sciences engages visitors in their own biology and health. Other highlights include the Thomson Theater of Electricity, Charles Hayden Planetarium, Mugar Omni Theater, Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, Butterfly Garden, and new 4-D Theater opening in August 2014. Reaching over 20,000 teens a year worldwide via the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network, the Museum also leads a 10-year, $41 million National Science Foundation-funded Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network of science museums. The Museum’s “Science Is an Activity” exhibit plan has been awarded many NSF grants and influenced science centers worldwide. Its National Center for Technological Literacy®'s engineering curricula have reached over 71,000 teachers and 5.8 million students nationwide. The Museum has also: been recognized by Boston and Cambridge for energy and sustainability efforts; named an Employer of Choice by Work Without Limits, a Massachusetts disability employment initiative; is Yankee Magazine's "Best of New England Readers' Choice" for Cultural Attraction in Science and "Best of New England -- Editors' Choice" for Best Sky Show; and is El Planeta's Best Tourist Attraction for the Massachusetts Latino population. The Museum's Undiscovered Worlds was recognized as the “Best Immersive—Fulldome Program” by the Jackson Hole Science Media Awards. Visit http://www.mos.org. Follow the Museum of Science on Twitter at @MuseumOfScience or Facebook at www.facebook.com/museumofscience.

Press Contacts

AJ Gosselin: 617.589.0251 or agosselin@mos.org
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