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Saturday, April 18 – Sunday, April 26 | 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. You can also learn more about the week's offerings in the city:




Boston Marathon® Days

  • April 18 and 19; 12:00 – 3:00 pm
  • 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 and learn 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 of course all the human biology related exhibits in our permanent exhibit Hall of Human Life.


Chemists Celebrate Earth Day: Protecting Our Planet through Chemistry

  • Sunday, April 19; 10:30am – 3:30pm
  • Free with Exhibit Halls admission.

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! Investigate how chemistry helps us learn about the environment and discover new ways we can protect our planet while enjoying hands-on activities facilitated by local high school, college, and university educators.


Solar Lunch

  • April 18 – April 26; 12:00 –1:00 pm
  • Museum Front Plaza (weather permitting)
  • Free.

Observe the Sun and possibly sunspots and solar flares through the Museum’s safe solar telescope.


Go Carbon Neutral! A Transportation Challenge Poster Session

  • April 22; 3:00 –5:00 pm
  • Blue Wing
  • Free with Exhibit Halls admission.

Semi-finalists in our annual Go Carbon Neutral! competition will present their ideas for how to help make Boston’s transportation system carbon neutral by 2050.


Guest Presenters: WCVB Meteorologists

  • April 21 – 24; 12:30 – 1:00 pm
    • Tuesday, April 21 – Kelly Ann Cicalese
    • Wednesday, April 22 – Harvey Leonard
    • Thursday, April 23 – AJ Burnett
    • Friday, April 24 – Mike Wankum
  • Gordon Current Science & Technology Center Stage
  • Free with Exhibit Halls admission.

Meet one of the meteorologists from WCVB's Storm Team 5! Learn all about the science of predicting the weather, and how modern technology is making forecasting more accurate than ever.


Guest Presenter: Robert Sabuda

  • April 24; 5:30 –6:00 pm and April 25; 12:30 – 1:00 pm
  • Gordon Current Science & Technology Center Stage
  • Free with Exhibit Halls admission.

Join artist and paper engineer Robert Sabuda in this unique look at the wonder, artistry, and engineering of pop-ups. Mr. Sabuda is an award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of many intricate and intriguing pop-up titles, including science-themed titles such as the Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Dinosaurs and Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Sharks and Other Sea Monsters. His most recent works include Believe: A Pop-Up Book of Possibilities and Ten Horse Farm. Book signing after Saturday presentation.


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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