Museum of Science Planetarium Gets Its Nighttime Groove This Summer

May 24, 2017

Summer Thursdays Series to Feature Live Music, Comedy, Trivia, Sci-Fi Movies

BOSTON-   This summer, science meets your social life at the Museum of Science’s new, weekly after-hours experience, the Summer Thursdays Series, in the Charles Hayden Planetarium offering live music, comedy, trivia, science-fiction movies, and more.

From June 1 through August 31, every Thursday evening will feature a new nightlife program. The state-of-the-art planetarium dome will be transformed with captivating visuals created by the Museum of Science Planetarium staff projected overhead. Take a trip down memory lane on the first Thursday of each month with a sci-fi movie night. Then, test your knowledge on the second Thursday of each month with a live trivia extravaganza, The Big Quiz Thing. On the third Thursday, enjoy live music by Boston favorites including Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys, Niki Luparelli & the Gold Diggers, and Hallelujah the Hills, while the fourth Thursday will showcase comedy with ImprovBoston. With a fifth Thursday in both June and August, enjoy sci-fi movie marathons with the first two installments of Back to the Future on June 29 and the two films from the Alien sci-fi horror franchise on August 31. Artifacts from both films are currently on display in the Museum’s temporary exhibit, POPnology, which explores how movies, books, television, and art continue to inspire technological advancements. Visitors can come early for a behind-the-scenes look at props from these blockbusters and much more.

“Our new summer series creates amazing experiences for Boston audiences,” said James Wetzel, Museum of Science Adult Programs Coordinator. “By expanding and enhancing our adult offerings we are dramatically changing what the Museum has to offer adults, from the inside, out.”

On select Wednesdays, the Museum will welcome back its highly popular SubSpace Project for the second consecutive summer. SubSpace Project, the Museum’s experimental playground for developing fresh, original, and social experiences for adults, features programming that combines popular music and stunning visuals for an unforgettable experience in the unique Planetarium environment. This summer’s lineup features Coldplay (Wednesday, June 7), Rihanna (Wednesday, July 19), and Justin Timberlake (Wednesday, August 16). The distinctive Planetarium setting allows guests to appreciate well-known music in an imaginative new way.

All summer programming is for adults 18 and up. Separate tickets are required. See calendar and visit for more information and to purchase tickets. POPnology is included with regular Exhibit Halls admission. Tickets for the Summer Nightlife Series are sold separately.


About the Museum of Science

One of the world's largest science centers and New England's most attended cultural institution, the Museum introduces about 1.5 million visitors a year to STEM via programs and interactive exhibits. An extraordinary variety of learning experiences span the Yawkey Gallery on the Charles River, Hall of Human Life, Thomson Theater of Electricity, Charles Hayden Planetarium, Mugar Omni Theater, Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, 4-D Theater, and Butterfly Garden. The Museum's National Center for Technological Literacy® curricula, including the award-winning Engineering is Elementary, have reached an estimated 10.5 million students and 122,400 educators. The Museum sparks teens worldwide to use digital technology via The Clubhouse Network and has led a $41 million National Science Foundation-funded Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network of science museums. Visit:

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