Museum of Science winter programming focuses on adventure, design and nature’s engineering marvels

February 16, 2016

BOSTON— This winter, visitors to the Museum of Science, Boston will experience a larger-than-life adventure, hands-on fun, and the marvels of natural engineering. Opening just in time for February school vacation, National Parks Adventure takes audiences on the ultimate IMAX® off-trail journey into the nation's awe-inspiring great outdoors. A new temporary exhibit, Animals: Machines in Motion explores how a variety of extinct and living species evolved and adapted to a changing world. And the Museum celebrates National Engineers Week 2016 with an exciting array of additional fun, interactive engineering-themed programming throughout our Exhibit Halls.

“We are thrilled to have a new crop of unique and awe-inspiring exhibits and programming, all premiering this month.” said Paul Fontaine, vice president of education. “From the life-sized cast of T. rex Sue, to our hands-on engineering activities, to the immersive new film celebrating the centennial of our National Parks, the Museum’s offerings will engage and challenge visitors of every age.”

In MacGillivray Freeman Film’s National Parks Adventure, moviegoers will soar over red rock canyons, hurtle down steep mountain peaks and explore other-worldly realms found within America’s most legendary outdoor places.  Along the way, the film becomes at once an action-packed celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the National Park Service and a soulful reflection on what wilderness means to us all. The film opens February 12, 2016 in the Mugar Omni Theater on the five-story-tall IMAX® Dome screen and was produced in association with Brands USA and presented by Expedia, Inc. and Subaru of America, Inc.

In Animals: Machines in Motion, visitors will see animals and plants in a new way, as powerful machines built for survival, complete with pumps, pipes, insulation, motors, springs, and intelligence gathering devices. Using real specimens, life-like models, amazing video footage, and interactive displays, the exhibition investi­gates the characteristics that allow cheetahs to run at breakneck speed, mantis shrimp to punch through aquarium glass, and how the bite force of an extinct fish made it a top predator. Visitors will also come face-to-face with a life-sized cast of T. rex Sue, getting up close and personal with this 12-foot-tall, 42-foot-long fossil—the largest and most complete T. rex ever discovered— and learn about the powerful jaws and gait of this species that ruled the world around 68 million years ago. The exhibit, which opens February 14, 2016, was developed by The Field Museum, Chicago, in partnership with the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, with support provided by The Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust and ITW and is presented in both English and Spanish.

To celebrate National Engineers Week 2016, the Museum is doubling the fun. Starting February 14, Museum Exhibit Halls will be jam-packed with hands-on activities for two solid weeks. Programs include age-appropriate engineering activities for everyone from pre-K students to adults including the popular Engineering Design Challenges where visitors can create and test sailboats as well as build arcade claws to pick up toys from a tank. The Discovery Center will also feature activities developed to help children up to age eight hone their basic engineering skills while designing, testing, and improving creations they build themselves. There will also be presentations on the Gordon Current Science & Technology Stage about robots, drones and biomimicry.


About the Museum of Science, Boston

The Museum of Science, Boston is the nation's first science museum with a comprehensive strategy and infrastructure to foster technological literacy in science museums and schools across the United States. Having reached an estimated 10.1 million students and 112,700 educators, its National Center for Technological Literacy® also received the National Science Board's Public Service Award in May 2015. One of the world's largest science centers and Boston's most attended cultural institution, the Museum of Science introduces about 1.4 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. Highlights include the Hall of Human Life, Thomson Theater of Electricity, Charles Hayden PlanetariumMugar Omni Theater, Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, 4-D Theater, and Butterfly Garden.The Science Behind Pixar, created in collaboration with Pixar Animation Studios, has begun a 10-year national tour. The Museum has also led a 10-year, $41 million National Science Foundation-funded Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network of science museums. Visit:

About MacGillivray Freeman Films

MacGillivray Freeman Films is the world’s foremost independent producer and distributor of giant-screen 70mm films with 38 films for IMAX and giant-screen theatres to its credit. Throughout the company’s 50-year history, its films have won numerous international awards including two Academy Award® nominations and three films inducted into the IMAX Hall of Fame. MacGillivray Freeman’s films are known for their artistry and celebration of science and the natural world. It is the first documentary film company to reach the one billion dollar benchmark for worldwide box office. For more information about the company, visit

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