Museum of Science Announces 2019 Winter and Spring Adult Programming Line-Up

December 4, 2018

Jonathan Van Ness, Discussions with an Egyptologist, Cosmic Loops, and Exploratory Music, there is something for everyone for a night at the Museum

BOSTON (December 4, 2018) Starting in January, the Museum of Science, Boston will host a variety of entertaining, unique, and out-of-this-world events for adults looking for something different. The programming will include everything from a Valentine’s Day drag king show from local troupe The Slaughterhouse Society, to a synesthetic orchestral performance in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; there will be something for everyone this season.

“We are extremely excited about our schedule for this Winter and Spring, as we look to bring back some of our favorite events and acts, as well as introduce the Museum community to some performers and speakers they have yet to see. At the center of it all is our incredible headliner, the fantastic Jonathan Van Ness, whose important and relevant voice we are thrilled to welcome and host here at the Museum,” says James Wetzel, co-producer of adult programs for the Museum of Science.

SubSpace is the Museum’s experimental playground for developing fresh, original, social experiences for adults. After a successful Fall 2018 season of 18+ evening programming at the Museum, SubSpace has grown dramatically since the series began with programming taking over nearly all areas of the Museum, from guest lectures in Cahner’s Theater, live podcasts in the Blue Wing, to comedy, music, drag, and more in the Planetarium.

Programming for the 2019 Winter-Spring Season includes:


  • National Geographic Live: When Women Ruled the World: 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!) Jan. 11
  • Outbreak: Fighting Diseases in Changing World: Join us for this interactive program! Learn from expert speakers and make hypothetical response plans for communities dealing with outbreaks such as Ebola and avian influenza. Jan. 30.


  • Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival: 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. Feb. 12
  • Heartbreakers & Heartthrobs: A Drag King Valentine’s Day Under the Dome: 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! Feb. 14
  • Boston’s Best Drag Queens!: 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. Feb. 21 and May 30
  • A Reno Family Foundation Symposium: Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness: 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. Feb. 27 Sold Out
  • Cosmic Loops: 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. Feb. 28


  • Doubling Down: Preserving Our Humanity in the Digital Age: 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. Mar. 26


  • ReelAbilities Film Festival presents Intelligent Lives: 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. Apr. 3
  • Synesthesia Suite: 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. Apr. 4
  • Ask a Spaceman Live!: Join us for a live show of astrophysicist Paul Sutter’s podcast Ask a Spaceman! and celebrate the release of his new book, Your Place in the Universe: Understanding our Big, Messy Existence. Apr. 10


  • Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki: Join the Museum of Science for a screening of the acclaimed 2016 Japanese television documentary film that follows Academy Award-winning animator and filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki after he has decided to enter retirement. May 8
  • Teaching Time to Walk: An Evening with Palaver Strings and Nate Tucker: 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. May 16

Recurring throughout the season:

  • Fake Science with ImprovBoston: ImprovBoston returns to the Museum of Science’s Planetarium for a completely improvised adult comedy show that's out of this world! Mar. 21; Apr. 25; May 23
  • Music Under the Dome: 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. Every Friday and Saturday night.
  • Book Club for the Curious: 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. Second Thursday of each month.

Details for shows may not be posted yet, but stayed tuned and visit for updates and details on how to buy tickets.


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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