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

December 12, 2018

Wild Kratts, Nanotechnology, Cuba, and more coming to the Museum next year

BOSTON, MA (December 12, 2018) – The Museum of Science, Boston announces an exciting lineup of events, programming, films, and more to ring in 2019. From the world premiere of the new exhibit, Wild Kratts: Ocean Adventure!, to a live recording of Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness’s podcast, Getting Curious, and everything in between, there is something for everyone at the Museum of Science in 2019.

“We are preparing for another blockbuster year here at the Museum of Science, Boston,” says Todd Sperry, Senior Vice President, Marketing Strategy & Communications at the Museum of Science. “Along with some stellar temporary exhibits and innovative events, we are thrilled to celebrate STEM all year long with our world-class programming and events that inspire inquisitive and interactive fun for everyone.”

February will see several new offerings opening just in time for winter break. Along with the world premiere of the Kratt Brothers’ newest exhibit Wild Kratts: Ocean Adventure! on February 16th, the Museum will also celebrate the weird and wonderful world of Nature’s Superheroes opening February 14th. In addition, a new IMAX film, Cuba, will premiere at the Mugar Omni Theater on February 15th.

Also coming in the New Year, the Museum will be announcing a summer blockbuster exhibit opening in June 2019. More details will be available in January.

Details for these events will continue to develop.  Those interested in attending any Museum exhibits or programming should visit the Museum’s website as details are announced.


New Exhibits:

  • Nature’s Superheroes: Life at the Limits, opening February 14, 2019

This temporary exhibit offers a fascinating glimpse of the breathtaking diversity of the natural world, featuring life-size and larger-than-life models, videos, and interactive exhibits. Nature’s Superheroes highlights an array of organisms – plant and animal, aquatic and terrestrial, vertebrate and invertebrate – with surprising ways of thriving in harsh environments. Features live animals, including the axolotl and the mantis shrimp.

  • Wild Kratts: Ocean Adventure!  World Premiere, opening February 16, 2019

Dive into the world of Wild Kratts® to explore the seashore, shallow waters, and the deep sea! Guests will join the Wild Kratts® team and use technology, science and teamwork to solve problems, help marine animals, and foil the villains’ nefarious plans.

Special Programming:

  • National Engineer’s Week, February 16 – 23, 2019

National Engineer’s Week is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers. At the Museum, guests will experience engineering-themed activities throughout the Exhibit Halls.

  • Pi Day, March 14, 2019

This year’s Pi Day will celebrate the many ways we experience math in the world around us every day. Programming will include drop-in mathematics activities around the Museum and Live Presentations with a mathematical twist.

  • High School Health Month, March 2019

The Museum of Science is thrilled to partner with CVS Health during the month of March for High School Health Month. This field trip opportunity offers Exhibit Halls and transportation funding to high schools to explore the Museum and participate in special health programming focused on smoking and our lungs at both the Hall of Human Life and the Gordon Current Science & Technology stage.

  • Health Fair: Our Bodies, Our Future, March 22 & 23, 2019

Guest scientists from local institutions such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston University, Tufts University, and more will lead hands-on activities throughout the Museum, talking about their research and advances in prosthetics and 3-D printing organs.

  • Nano Days…with a Quantum Leap!, April 6, 2019

You’re invited to discover a weird and wonderful world that’s too small to see. Learn how quantum science and nanotechnology are transforming our world, explore fun hands-on activities led by young scientists and engineers from local universities, hear from leading researchers on how they use quantum science to tackle real-world challenges, and help us choose the winner of the Quantum Matters Science Communication Competition.

  • BAA Marathon Days, April 6, 7, 13 & 14, 2019

Learn about the science of running, training, and the evolution of bipedalism, with special programming at the Museum in celebration of the Boston Marathon.

  • Cambridge Science Festival, April 13 – 21, 2019

The entire Museum will take part in the ten-day festival, celebrating the leading edge in science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Special programming will be featured across the Museum at the Planetarium, Cahners Theater, and throughout the Exhibit Halls.

  • Grow Your Food IQ, May 4 & 5, 2019

Join us for the annual Grow Your Food IQ Weekend and discover the connections between food and science, featuring special guests and programming, including Star Wars-themed programming for Star Wars Day on May 4th.

  • Duck ‘N’ Hover, May 11, 2019

High school students are invited to participate in engineering activities that will challenge them to design, build, and test wind-powered devices to lift rubber ducks three stories in the air. The event will culminate in a spectacular rubber duck-themed finale!

  • Red Sox Weekend, June 1 - 2, 2019

Join us for fun-filled weekend with the World Series Champions as we celebrate the spirit of baseball and discover the STEM surprises throughout the sport through special baseball-themed live presentations.

Mugar Omni IMAX Theater:

Don’t forget Free Film Fridays – coming in March!

  • Cuba, Opening February 15, 2019

Cuba tells the powerful story of a land preserved in time, yet poised on the cusp of a dramatic change. Through the eyes of Cuban artists, historians, and scientists, the film provides an intimate look at this vivacious island community.

Museum of Science After Hours Events:

  • NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LIVE: When Women Ruled the World,  January 11, 2019

Dr. Kara Cooney, professor of Egyptology, explores the reigns of powerful ancient queens to illuminate a time when women ruled the world. Often neglected in the history books, these strong, female leaders were considered exceptions to the rule, but their power and influence are undeniable. Presented in association with World Music/CRASHarts. Tickets on sale now.

  • Outbreak: Fighting Diseases in a Changing World, January 30, 2019

Join us for this new interactive program! Learn from expert speakers and make hypothetical response plans for communities dealing with outbreaks such as Ebola and avian influenza.

  • Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival, February 12, 2019

The Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival is an eleven-day cinematic event in its 44th year, celebrating emerging directors from around the globe. The Museum is collaborating with the festival for a special one-night only screening in the Charles Hayden Planetarium.

  • Heartbreakers & Heartthrobs: A Drag King Valentine’s Day Under the Dome, February 14, 2018

Get ready for a truly unique and delicious evening of entertainment as the Slaughterhouse Society and friends invade the Planetarium for a super romantic drag king event!

  • Boston’s Best Drag Queens! February 21 and May 30, 2019

Boston’s Best Drag Queens return to the Charles Hayden Planetarium with an all-new, groundbreaking lineup of drag performances, incorporating a never-before-seen fusion of drag and full-dome visuals.

  • A Reno Family Foundation Symposium: Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness, February 27, 2019

Star of Netflix’s Queer Eye, Jonathan Van Ness comes to the Museum of Science for one night only! Enjoy a live taping of his popular podcast Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness. Tickets are sold out.

  • Cosmic Loops, February 28, 2019

Experience a special performance by double-neck guitarist, Ian Ethan Case, and live sound designer, Stephanie Case, as they pair cutting-edge electronics and rare acoustic instruments with the Planetarium team's transcendent visions overhead to bring you into a new dimension.

  • Fake Science with ImprovBoston, March 21, 2019, April 25, 2019, May 23, 2019

ImprovBoston returns to the Museum of Science’s Planetarium for a completely improvised adult comedy show that's out of this world!

  • Doubling Down: Preserving Our Humanity in the Digital Age, March 26, 2019

Join Jaron Lanier, the “father of VR,” bestselling author Sue Halpern, and physicist Marcelo Gleiser to talk about doubling down on being human, a step that just might rescue our world – and ourselves.

  • ReelAbilities Film Festival presents Intelligent Trees, April 3, 2019

Celebrate the close of the 2019 ReelAbilities Film Festival, which is dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation for the lives, stories, and artistic appreciation of people with different disabilities, with the film Intelligent Lives, featuring a special conversation and Q&A with special guests.

  • Synesthesia Suite, April 4, 2019

Synesthetic orchestral composer Mary Bichner returns to the Charles Hayden Planetarium, in partnership with the Museum of Science, Boston, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Arizona State University for a one-night-only immersive musical experience.

  • Ask a Spaceman Live!, April 10, 2019

Join us for a live show of Paul Sutter’s, astrophysicist, podcast Ask a Spaceman! and celebrate the release of his new book, Your Place in the Universe: Understanding our Big, Messy Existence.

  • Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki, May, 8, 2019

Join the Museum for a screening of the acclaimed 2016 Japanese television documentary that follows Academy Award-winning animator and filmmaker, Hayao Miyzaki, after he has decided to enter retirement.

  • Teaching Time to Walk: An Evening with Palaver Strings and Friends, May 16, 2019

Join Palaver Strings and musician and composer Nate Tucker, for an evening of reimagined classics and new compositions under the full dome of the Charles Hayden Planetarium.

  • Music Under the Dome, Three shows every Friday and Saturday night

Using cutting-edge technology, the Music Under the Dome series redefines nightlife in Boston by fusing the sounds of today’s most popular musical artists with stunning and inventive visuals under the Charles Hayden Planetarium dome.

  • 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 introduces more than 1.4 million visitors a year to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) through the world-class hands-on exhibits, programs and pre-K-12 curricula of its William and Charlotte Bloomberg Science Education Center. An extraordinary variety of learning experiences span the 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 Science Behind Pixar, created with Pixar Animation Studios, is touring internationally. The Museum's National Center for Technological Literacy® has transformed STEM education nationally and internationally through advocacy, standards and assessment reforms, teacher professional development, and curriculum development. The Museum’s pre-K-12 curricula, including its award-winning Engineering is Elementary®, have reached an estimated 18 million students and 185,000 educators. Visit:


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