Museum of Science, Boston Announces Fall 2019 Lineup of Exhibits, Programming, and Events

August 23, 2019

Isabella Rossellini, Congo 4D, Sci-K Family Fun Run, and More Come to the Museum of Science This Fall

BOSTON, MA (August 23, 2019) – The Museum of Science, Boston announced today its fall lineup of innovative events, programming, films, and more. From a conversation with Isabella Rossellini about animal cognition, to the return of Anime Weekend and more, the Museum kicks off an exciting fall, filled with programming set to inspire all.

“We are thrilled to offer such a diverse variety of programming this fall,” says Todd Sperry, Senior Vice President, Marketing Strategy & Communications at the Museum of Science. “Science is for everyone and we have created a fall lineup of events, programs, exhibits, films, and more that ensures everyone can be inspired in fun and different ways.”

This fall will bring a new 4D film, The Congo 4-D: Life in the Rainforest, focused on Africa’s tropical rainforests, the inaugural Sci-K family fun run hosted at the Esplanade, an evening with Isabella Rossellini, and much more. A suite of train-related programming, exhibits, and films hits the Museum this fall, with Thomas & Friends™: Explore the Rails exhibit opening in September, the return of All Aboard! Trains at Science Park, Rocky Mountain Express in OMNI, and THE POLAR EXPRESS™ 4-D Experience and Thomas & Friends 4D in November. In addition, there is still plenty of time for Museum guests to visit BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life, the life-changing exhibition that gives visitors the opportunity to look inside themselves, through January 5, 2020.

Details for all of these events will continue to develop and those interested in attending can find out more on the Museum’s website,


Special Programming:

  • College Fridays, Every Friday in September

College Night is back in a new way; instead of one night of free museum entry, we are offering four! Introducing College Fridays for the month of September, here at the Museum of Science, where college students get to explore our Exhibit Halls for free. Free with college ID.

  • Wicked Hot Boston: Forum Event, September 24

Participants will learn about the health and social impacts of extreme heat, working together to explore and recommend resilience strategies to keep our communities cool and discover how participating in community science can inform scientists about which communities are the hottest. A networking session will feature posters of the heat maps generated from citizen-collected data during this summer’s heat mapping project. Free with registration.

  • Sci-K Family Fun Run, October 6

It's time to lace up your running shoes and put on your favorite STEM inspired attire for a zany science-themed 5K fun run along the Esplanade. The Museum of Science's inaugural Sci-K at the Hatch Shell will feature contests for best costume, prizes, food, beverages, science activities, and more – all in support of family and community access to the Museum. Registration $35 adults, $18 children.

  • National Chemistry Week Celebration: “Marvelous Metals!,” October 13

Participate in engaging hands-on activities all about the chemistry of metals facilitated by guest educators from local colleges, universities, and organizations. Enjoy special demonstrations from world-famous chemistry professor Dr. Bassam Shakhashiri. Free with exhibit halls admission.

  • Anime Weekend, November 2 & 3

Join our second annual anime festival for a one-of-a-kind celebration of anime in collaboration with Anime Boston, offering family-friendly activities, presentations, and more. Free with exhibit halls admission.

  • Women & Girls in STEM, November 7, 9, 13, 22

Join professional women in STEM careers as they engage and inspire young women through hands-on activities, presentations, and discussions on mentoring, career paths, and more.

Special Exhibits

  • Thomas & Friends™: Explore the Rails, Opens September 21

The world's most famous tank engine is making a temporary stop at the Museum of Science! Explore the sights and sounds of the Island of Sodor with Thomas and his friends in a family-friendly adventure designed for young learners ages 2 to 7 (and their grownups). Free with exhibit halls admission.

  • All Aboard! Trains at Science Park, Returns November 23

This winter, visitors to the Museum can once again marvel at the engineering wonders of the railroad with All Aboard! Trains at Science Park, which returns for its second year of wintry, train-related fun. Free with exhibit halls admission.

4D Theater

  • The Congo 4-D: Life in the Rainforest, Opens September 21

In the brooding jungles of the Congo, it is a battle for space and survival as danger lurks in every shadow. From honey wielding chimpanzees to ninja like tree frogs, The Congo 4D: Life in the Rainforest explores the mesmerizing creatures that inhabit the very heart of Africa’s tropical rainforests. $10 timed ticket required.

  • THE POLAR EXPRESS™ 4-D Experience, Returns November 8

Go on an extraordinary journey to the North Pole this holiday season on THE POLAR EXPRESS with the 4-D version of the classic holiday film. $10 timed ticket required.

Museum of Science After Hours Events:

  • Obscured Vision: A Night of Sonic Storytelling, Sept 11

Take your seat, slip on a blindfold, and experience an evening of sensory storytelling that will highlight the power of sound and the original alternate reality - the spoken word. Immerse yourself into four narrative journeys, hosted by science reporter, Ari Daniel, and featuring innovative sound design from Ian Coss. $15 in advance, $20 day of.

  • Kusama – Infinity: The Life and Art of Yayoi Kusama, September 25

Join us for a one-night-only screening of the astonishing story of Yayoi Kusama and how she became one of the top-selling female visual artists today. Featuring introduction by and Q&A with Reto Thüring, Beal Family Chair of the Department of Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Presented in collaboration with the Japan Society of Boston. Free with registration.

  • A Reno Family Foundation Symposium: An Evening with Isabella Rossellini, October 10

Revel in a special evening with charismatic Isabella Rossellini, Italian actress, model, filmmaker, author, and animal lover, as she and dog expert Brian Hare discuss animal cognition and the wondrous intelligence in Nature. $30 in advance, $35 day of.

  • A Reno Family Foundation Symposium: Extraterrestrial Life, October 16

Are we the Universe’s only children and our thoughts its only thoughts? Join superstar astronomer Avi Loeb to consider extraterrestrial life and how ‘Oumuamua, the only interstellar object to have passed through the solar system, might be a probe sent by an alien civilization. Free with registration.

  • Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys Halloween Happening, October 17

Kick off your Halloween season with music, masquerade, and mayhem not only under the dome, but spilling out into nooks and crannies; tricks and treats lurk around every corner of the Toys' macabre Museum. Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys returns to the Museum with WarGospel, an immersive journey from start to finish, hosted in the Museum’s Charles Hayden Planetarium. $20 in advance, $25 day of.

  • Movies Under the Dome: The Blair Witch Project, October 30

Scream your way into Halloween with an immersive and frightening screening of the modern horror classic The Blair Witch Project in the Charles Hayden Planetarium! The film that revolutionized the horror genre comes to the Museum of Science for one terrifying night only. $10 in advance, $12 day of.

  • Music Under the Dome: The Fleetwood Mac Experience, Premiering in October

Experience a fusion of the music of Fleetwood Mac and custom, stunning, and inventive visuals under the dome of the Charles Hayden Planetarium. $10 ticket.

  • Edge of Seventeen: Niki Luparelli and the Music of Stevie Nicks, November 7

The one and only Niki Luparelli returns to the Charles Hayden Planetarium! For one night only, Niki pays tribute to Stevie Nicks under the dome with her original show, Edge of Seventeen. $20 in advance, $25 day of.

  • Multiverse Concert Series: Hidden Worlds, November 14

Fluid dynamics researcher Irmgard Bischofberger, Multiverse resident composer David Ibbett, and cell biologist Alexey Veraksa will guide you on a narrated journey through the structures of life and non-life, revealing how the principles of chaos and order interact to produce the symmetry and flux of our surrounding world. Featuring original live electrosymphonic music for piano and chamber ensemble. $15 in advance, $20 day of.

  • Coleslaw’s Corner, November 21

The show that changed Boston nightlife returns to the Charles Hayden Planetarium for the last evening of unforgettable drag in 2019! $15 in advance, $20 day of.

  • Music Under the Dome: The Drake Experience, Premiering in November

The popular music of Drake comes to the Charles Hayden Planetarium, paired with visuals on the dome, making for a completely immersive experience. $10 ticket.

  • Beyond the Telescope: The Space-Age Presidency of JFK, December 12

Join John Bisney and JL Pickering, authors of The Space-Age Presidency of John F. Kennedy as they explore Kennedy’s lesser-known interactions with America’s space program and the race to the Moon. Free admission with registration.

  • Book Club for the Curious, Second Thursday of each month

Feeling inquisitive? Looking for a good conversation? Love science and books?  Free and open to the public, these monthly discussions focus on science, technology, and their impact on society.


About the Museum of Science, Boston

One of the world’s largest science centers and New England’s most attended cultural institution, the Museum of Science introduces approximately 1.5M visitors a year to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), through the world-class hands-on exhibits, programs and curricula of its William and Charlotte Bloomberg Science Education Center. Established in 1830, the Museum is home to such iconic exhibits as the Thompson Theater of Electricity, the Charles Hayden Planetarium, and the Mugar Omni Theater. Beyond its walls, the Museum reaches tens of millions more through award-winning STEM content such as its blockbuster traveling exhibits, The Science Behind Pixar and Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination, the world’s leading prek-8 engineering curricula, EiE®, and originally created, globally distributed planetarium shows. The Museum influences formal and informal STEM education through research and national advocacy, as a strong community partner and loyal educator resource, and as a leader in universal design, developing exhibits and programming accessible to all. Learn more at


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