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  • Cambridge Science Festival

    Join the fun at the Museum during this year's Cambridge Science Festival, with activities showcasing science, engineering, and math!

    © Nicolaus Czarnecki

    Theater of Electricity
  • © TMP Images

    Amazing Nano Brothers
  • Meet a WCVB Meteorologist

Friday, April 13 – Sunday, April 22 | Exhibit Halls Hours

Cambridge Science Festival

Did you know that the world's largest air-insulated Van de Graaff generator (star of our famous Lightning! show) was developed in Cambridge? Learn about this and more during this year's Cambridge Science Festival, a celebration showcasing science, technology, engineering, and math in one of the strongest hubs of STEM in the United States — Cambridge!

Though just half of the Museum is located in Cambridge, the whole institution will be abuzz with activities during this week-long series of events. Learn more about the week's offerings in the city:

Featured Activities:

Opening Night: Astronomy After Hours

  • Fridays, April 13 and April 20; 8:30 – 10:00 pm
  • Gilliland Observatory, Museum garage roof
  • Free

On clear nights, you can view stars, planets, the Moon, and other astronomical phenomena. Also, check out the inside of our Observatory and participate in astronomy-related activities run by our knowledgeable staff. Weather permitting. For more details and weather updates, call the hotline, 617-589-0267. Learn more about this presentation.

The Amazing Nano Brothers Juggling Show

  • Saturday, April 21; 1:00 – 1:40 and 3:00 – 3:40 pm
  • Cahners Theater, Blue Wing, Level 2
  • Free with Exhibit Halls admission

Fun for the whole family, this comedy show is all about the mysteries of matter — including atoms, molecules, and nanotechnology. Join brothers Dan and Joel as they juggle everything from potted plants to tennis rackets, sometimes from atop seven-foot unicycles. Learn more about this presentation.

Boston Marathon® Activities

  • Saturday and Sunday, April 14 and 15; 12:00 – 3:00 pm
  • Throughout the Exhibit Halls
  • Free with Exhibit Halls admission

Do you like to run? Know someone who likes to run? Or do you just like to learn about the science behind endurance running and training? Come visit us and learn more about what it takes to train for a long distance race like the Boston Marathon®. Enjoy interpretations with Museum staff and volunteers, guest speakers, and all the human biology-related components in the Hall of Human Life.

Catching the Wind

  • Wednesday, April 18; 1:00 – 3:00 pm
  • Blue Wing, Lower Level
  • Free with Exhibit Halls admission

Design your own sail to push a boat along a trackway. Can you make it go farther and faster?

Cambridge Teacher Partners

  • Saturdays, April 14 and 21; 1:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Tuesday – Friday, April 17 – 20; 3:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Educator Resource Center
  • Free for New England Teacher Partners (free to belong)

Join our program for teachers and gain access to all of the Museum's educator resources, plus enjoy special discounts on workshops, store purchases, and more. Learn more about our Teacher Partner Program.

Editing our Evolution: Rewriting the Human Genome

The possibility of editing our own genomes is moving from science fiction to reality. Join us to discuss drawing the line between therapy and enhancement, ensuring access to life-saving treatments and making changes that will affect generations.

Fake Science with ImprovBoston

  • Thursday, April 19; 7:30 pm
  • Charles Hayden Planetarium
  • Tickets available here

Immersive science meets immersive comedy as ImprovBoston's professional improvisers create games, scenes, and songs out of thin air using the Planetarium's state-of-the-art projections, surround sound, and 360-degree videos.

Daily Activities:

Solar Lunch

  • Friday, April 13 – Sunday, April 22; 12:00 – 1:00 pm
  • Front Plaza
  • Free

Observe the Sun and possibly sunspots and solar flares through the Museum's safe solar telescope. Weather permitting.


  • Friday, April 13 – Sunday, April 22; 12:00 – 12:20 and 2:00 – 2:20 pm
  • Theater of Electricity, Blue Wing, Level 1
  • Free with Exhibit Halls admission

Indoor bolts spark explorations into lightning, electric charge, and storm safety using the Museum's giant Van de Graaff generator, invented in Cambridge! Learn more about this presentation.

Field Station

  • Friday, April 13 – Sunday, April 22; 1:30 – 3:30 pm
  • Blue Wing, Level 2
  • Free with Exhibit Halls admission

Think like a scientist as you gather evidence and test your predictions. Investigation activities vary daily, including topics like exploring sound vibrations, building electric circuits, and investigating the invisible forces of magnetic fields. Stop by and try them yourself!

Hands-On Laboratory

  • See the daily schedule for program dates and times
  • Red Wing, Lower Level
  • Free with Exhibit Halls admission

The Hands-On Laboratory is a fun, interactive learning laboratory program that encourages visitors of all ages to explore various topics in the laboratory sciences. Take a closer look at what we've got under our microscopes. Try out tools and techniques scientists use in research labs. Test your investigative powers as you conduct your own science experiment.

A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature

  • On exhibit through April 25
  • Green Wing, Level 2
  • Free with Exhibit Halls admission

A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature, the Museum's newest temporary exhibition, reveals the mathematical patterns that surround us every day in the natural world — from the nested spirals of a sunflower's seeds to the ridges of a majestic mountain range to the layout of the universe. Learn more about this exhibit.

Wicked Smart: Invented in the Hub

  • Permanent Exhibit
  • Blue Wing, Level 1
  • Free with Exhibit Halls admission

Massachusetts was ranked as the most innovative state in America in 2016 (Bloomberg Index), and the Museum of Science, straddling Boston and Cambridge, is located at the heart of its innovation economy. This new exhibit invites you to celebrate Greater Boston-based innovations and the creators behind them! Learn more about this exhibit.

Additional Event:

The Web of Life: From Aardvark to Zinnia by the North Cambridge Family Opera Company

  • Sunday, April 15: 5:30 – 6:30 pm
  • Cahners Theater, Blue Wing, Level 2
  • Free with Exhibit Halls admission

North Cambridge Family Opera presents an exciting collection of songs highlighting biodiversity. The songs, in a variety of musical styles, are sung by an intergenerational chorus accompanied by a slideshow of song lyrics and wonderful children's artwork. These performances are always fun and you just might learn something new!


Various locations in and near the Museum


Recommended for: Grades Pre-K – 12 and adults

Part of the Cambridge Science Festival

Public Event

Free with Exhibit Halls admission. Purchase Exhibit Halls tickets:


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