Museum of Science, Boston Announces Winter 2020 Lineup of Exhibits, Programming, and Events

December 11, 2019

Dogs, Divas, Engineering, and More, Coming to the Museum of Science This Winter

BOSTON, MA (December 11, 2019) — This winter, the Museum of Science is opening its doors to all for an exploration of all things STEM-related, through themed weekends, community forums, new exhibits, and more. From the opening of our new exhibit about the science of dogs and a health fair focused on the brain, to after-hours live music performances and lectures, the Museum is offering something special for everyone this winter.

“This winter, we are thrilled to host a wide array of programming, events, and exhibits that invite our visitors to connect with science in their own way,” says Annette Sawyer, Senior Vice President, Education at the Museum of Science. “Our themed weekends, from December’s Computer Science Education Weekend to March’s Health Fair, allow our guests to interact one-on-one with researchers and experts, giving them the opportunity to experience STEM hands-on.”

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


New Exhibits:

  • Dogs! A Science Tail, opening February 9

Let curiosity be your guide and discover life from a dog’s point of view in Dogs! A Science Tail, the Museum’s newest exhibition. Experience the extraordinary way a dog sees, hears, and smells the world. Admission included with Exhibit Halls ticket.


Special Programming:

  • National Engineer’s Week, February 16-22

Celebrate National Engineer’s Week with the Museum of Science! Visitors will engineer their way through fun interactive activities throughout the Exhibit Halls. Admission included with Exhibit Halls ticket.

  • Women in STEM: How Companies Can Impact Change, March 18

Part of our Women in STEM series, the Museum is partnering with reacHIRE, an organization focused on creating environments in which women can thrive, advance, lead, and stay, to engage senior business leaders and decision makers to learn new ways to drive diversity and inclusion, leveraging return-to-work talent pools.

  • Health Fair: Exercise Your Brain, March 20 & 21

Learn from and have conversations with local scientists and healthcare professionals about the entire body, with a focus on brain power. Meet world-class experts, take part in hands-on activities, and much more in this year’s Health Fair, which will also feature presentations and hands-on demonstrations with neuroscientists and brain researchers. Admission included with Exhibit Halls ticket.

  • The Amazing Nano Brothers Juggling Show, Saturdays January 4 through Feb. 22

This dramatic and comedic juggling performance is packed with mind-boggling insights into the world of atoms and molecules and the birth of nanotechnology. Admission included with Exhibit Halls ticket.


Charles Hayden Planetarium:

  • Big Bird's Adventure: One World, One Sky (Soft Light, Soft Sound), shows on the first Sunday of the month, through March 1

Enjoy a special showing of Big Bird's Adventure: One World, One Sky, which includes accommodations such as house light levels up a modest amount, show volume slightly softer than usual, and looser house rules so audience members can talk and/or move from their seats during the show. $10 adult/$8 child/$9 senior


Forum Events:

  • Wicked High Tides, March 3

In this program, participants will learn about the social, economic and environmental impacts of sea level rise, work with other participants to explore and recommend resilience strategies, and learn about how participating in community science can help inform scientists about which communities are at risk for flooding. This event is supported by a grant from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. Free with registration.

  • Thinking Outside the Blocks: Reimagining Space in Boston, March 24

Boston’s housing crisis is tough on everyone. Rent is expensive, commutes are getting longer, and neighborhoods are changing.  How would you design your future living space? Would you welcome new neighbors? Would you want parking or no parking? Co-living or not? Join in conversation with local residents and experts to discuss and negotiate housing trade-offs as you make recommendations to improve Boston’s housing problem. This event is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation. Free with registration.


Museum of Science SubSpace Events:

  • Music Under the Dome: The Divas Experience, Opening January 1

Using cutting-edge technology, The Divas Experience redefines nightlife in Boston by fusing the sounds of some of music's most popular and enduring artists with stunning and inventive visuals under the Charles Hayden Planetarium dome. Enjoy an entirely new way to appreciate the sounds of Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, and more! $10 admission.

  • Caspian On Circles Experience, January 16

Don’t miss your chance to hear the newest release of Caspian, a Beverly-based instrumental rock band, whose fifth album, On Circles, will be released by Triple Crown records on January 24. Hear the record in its entirety before its release, with a unique fusion of art and sound in the immersive and intimate setting of the Charles Hayden Planetarium, featuring visuals designed specifically to the album. $20 in advance/$25 day of.

  • MAKE, THINK, IMAGINE: Where is Technology Taking Us?, January 29

Engineer and former BP CEO, Lord John Browne of Madingley, discusses a wide sweep of history to remind us that technological progress is more essential than ever, but only when coupled with the two instincts that will always set humans apart: our imagination and our values. In conversation with Tad Friend, staff writer for The New Yorker, and Marcelo Gleiser, physicist, author, and director of the Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Engagement at Dartmouth College. Free admission.

  • Medusa: Reclaiming the Myth, January 30

After a sold-out run as part of the Museum’s Summer Thursdays, Brian King and What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? return to the Charles Hayden Planetarium for a one-night-only encore of “Medusa: Reclaiming the Myth”! This animated audio play with live band performance, retells the Medusa tale for the modern era. Join us in your Grecian best! Costumes of a Greek or Roman mythological character or creature or one’s personal version of Medusa encouraged! $20 in advance/$25 day of.

  • Ticktock, Presented by SYREN Modern Dance, February 5

A collaboration between astrophysicist Dr. Paul M. Sutter and SYREN Modern Dance, "Ticktock" is a revolutionary investigation of time.  The 45-minute performance is an exploration of scientific concepts rooted in physics, but illustrated through the lens of dance.  Dr. Sutterʼs vivid narration of SYRENʼs highly physical sequences interweaves Einsteinʼs theories of Special and General Relativity, timekeeping and horology, memory, the arrow of time, time dilation, gravity, and perception of time. Free admission.

  • Coleslaw’s Corner, February 6 and May 14

Coleslaw’s Corner, the HUBweek Art Award-winning collaboration with one of Boston’s favorite Queens Coleslaw, is back at the Charles Hayden Planetarium! Don’t miss the first performances of 2020 with an all-new groundbreaking lineup of drag performances. There’s nowhere to hide from the fabulousness in this 360-degree immersive drag experience you can’t see anywhere else. The show that changed Boston nightlife returns to the Charles Hayden Planetarium for another year of extraordinary fun! $15 in advance/$20 day of.

  • Boston Science Fiction Film Festival, First Person Cinema: Serenity, February 11

Join the Boston Science Fiction Film Festival and the Museum of Science for an exclusive screening of sci-fi classic, Serenity, under the dome of the Charles Hayden Planetarium! The Boston Science Fiction Film Festival (“Boston SciFi”) is an 11-day cinematic event held at the historic Somerville Theatre from February 7th to the 17th. The 2020 edition marks the 45th anniversary as the longest running genre fest in America. For more information visit $15 admission.

  • Heartbreakers & Heartthrobs: A Drag King Valentine’s Day Under the Dome, February 13

Bring Out the Boys! 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 for a second year in a row! Enjoy as our kings give you a Valentine’s Day to remember, accompanied by innovative and immersive, cutting-edge visuals overhead on the full dome. $15 in advance/$20 day of.

  • Synethesia Suite, February 27

Synesthetic orchestral composer Mary Bichner returns to the Charles Hayden Planetarium for the third year, in partnership with the Museum of Science, Boston for a new evening of the hit, sold-out series Synesthesia Suite. Don’t miss this one-night only immersive musical experience, featuring live performances of Bichner's compositions paired with stunning visuals directly inspired by her polymodal synesthesia, allowing audience members to “hear” color and “see” sound just as Bichner does when she listens to music. $20 in advance/$25 day of.

  • Dutch ReBelle, March 5

Dutch ReBelle is known for “mixing introspective, punch-lined filled lyrics with heart pounding production” and she returns to the Charles Hayden Planetarium for one night only this Spring! ReBelle earned national attention early on with electrifying performances at SXSW, A3C and the Brooklyn Hip-Hop festival. Publications like XXL noted ReBelle “spearheading her way into blogs because of her poetic style…lyrical bravado…and fiery talent.” Don’t miss this incredible performance as Dutch ReBelle takes over the dome with her singular, tour de force live show. $20 in advance/$25 day of.

  • ReelAbilities Film Festival Presents Picture of His Life, March 12

Join us for a special preview event to kick off the 2020 ReelAbilities Film Festival! Don’t miss an immersive and intimate screening of Picture of His Life in the Charles Hayden Planetarium to celebrate the upcoming festival lineup. Including a special conversation and Q&A with special guests. Free admission.


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, 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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