Exhibit

Arctic Adventure:

Exploring with Technology

Become an Arctic explorer.

Our newest permanent exhibit represents the next stage in the ever-evolving Museum of Science: a blending of experiential learning opportunities with awe-inspiring immersive environments, developed in collaboration with our partner, Moment Factory.

As you enter Arctic Adventure from the Blue Wing, you’re not simply told about the Arctic—you’ll feel it. The region comes to life in front of you, with digitally immersive sights and sounds including a touchable wall of real ice. The exhibit’s engaging experiences invite you to be an active participant. Become an Arctic researcher as you use technology (including ground-penetrating radar and ice core drills) to explore our changing environment. The exhibition itself changes, too. Lighting hues mimic the Sun’s motion over the course of the day. The scenery, and the animals you find in it, vary with the seasons.

This experience also illuminates the many ways our global climate is changing. Learn how 800,000 years of climate history are recorded in the ice, and how animal behaviors are changing as they face unprecedented warming in the Arctic.

Our newest permanent exhibit represents the next stage in the ever-evolving Museum of Science: a blending of experiential learning opportunities with awe-inspiring immersive environments, developed in collaboration with our partner, Moment Factory.

As you enter Arctic Adventure from the Blue Wing, you’re not simply told about the Arctic—you’ll feel it. The region comes to life in front of you, with digitally immersive sights and sounds including a touchable wall of real ice. The exhibit’s engaging experiences invite you to be an active participant. Become an Arctic researcher as you use technology (including ground-penetrating radar and ice core drills) to explore our changing environment. The exhibition itself changes, too. Lighting hues mimic the Sun’s motion over the course of the day. The scenery, and the animals you find in it, vary with the seasons.

This experience also illuminates the many ways our global climate is changing. Learn how 800,000 years of climate history are recorded in the ice, and how animal behaviors are changing as they face unprecedented warming in the Arctic.

Ticketing

Entry to Arctic Adventure is included in Exhibit Halls admission but requires a timed ticket. When you purchase your Exhibit Halls ticket, you'll be prompted in your shopping cart to add Arctic Adventure to your order. Please be sure to add your timed ticket during checkout.

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General Information

Point and Click Item 1
Feel the cold of the Arctic by touching a wall of real ice.
Point and Click Item 2
Watch ocean wildlife swimming underfoot as you try to identify marine mammals by their sound as recorded with an underwater hydrophone.
Point and Click Item 3
Look for wildlife in a dynamic vista of Arctic tundra, open water, and sea ice environments, all displayed on a large, curved projection screen.
Point and Click Item 4
Use interactive stations to search for animals in the vista. Which technology will you choose—drone or satellite tracking data.

Feel the Arctic Chill

Welcome to a world of ice. Engage all your senses with the feel of cold ice, the sound of cracking ice, and blowing wind. Was that the cry of a fox? Maybe you can catch sight of it lingering in an ice cave. Your sled is packed with all the equipment you’ll need to explore the Arctic. Adventure awaits just around the corner!

Stories in Ice Cores

Wander among a forest of illuminated ice core models in this open theater. Learn how bubbles of air get trapped in ice layers as they form. Try your hand at one of two drills used to extract an ice core. Watch a video highlighting what scientists have learned from evidence in the ice about Earth’s climate history and the unprecedented changes occurring now.

Navigating a Glacier

Can you safely traverse a glacier while retrieving lost supplies? Work in pairs in this activity—the “trekker” controls a ground-penetrating radar (GPR) scanner while the “navigator” uses a satellite map to direct the trekker to buried materials. Try to return to base camp with your essentials before a blizzard arrives!

“I’ve been lucky enough to explore the Polar region in real life and this exhibit captured the landscape and atmosphere so well. It felt like I was reliving my trip over again.”

Michelle, Malden, MA

Accessibility Information for This Exhibit

  • Graphic Instructions
  • Wheelchair Accessible

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