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Ancient Egypt Gallery Guided Exploration

The Ptolemaic period (323-30 BC) comes to life in the Ancient Egypt Gallery. Students learn about the ancient Egyptians’ civilization, beliefs, and customs, and how these people interacted with their Greek and Roman neighbors. Enter a recreated tomb which houses an authentic 2,300-year-old mummy, and learn how modern technology revealed some of this mummy’s secrets.

Layered Experience: Pairs well with Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs (Planetarium Show), Ancient Egypt & Its Art (Class), and Forensic Crime Lab (Class).

Available to Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

Program Type: Guided Explorations   Subject: Science as Inquiry, History & Social Studies, English & Language Arts
Cost: $5.00 per student & chaperone

Astronomy Exploration

Explore astronomy and engage with our new OmniGlobe, which projects astronomical environments onto a stunning 48" display.

Available to Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

Program Type: Guided Explorations   Subject: Science as Inquiry, Physical Science, Earth & Space Science, Science & the Environment
Cost: $5.00 per student & chaperone

Beetles, Bugs, & Butterflies

This artful approach to science motivates students to explore the amazing world of insects while learning about adaptations, physiology, and the role insects play in their daily lives. Colorful, take-home art projects creatively reinforce scientific concepts.

Layered Experience: Pairs well with Miss Trudy’s Traveling Trunk Show (Interactive Educational Theater), Flight of the Butterflies (Planetarium Show), and Lin Emery: A Force of Nature (Exhibition Guided Tour or Exploration).

Available to Grades: Pre-K, K, 1st, 2nd

Program Type: Classes   Subject: Art, Science as Inquiry, Life Science
Cost: $6.75 per student & chaperone

Body Works

The human body and its systems come to life with human torso models and relevant activities based on the MyPlate guidelines. Students also explore the relationship between positive nutritional habits and the importance of maintaining a healthy body. Content will be adjusted to accommodate specific grade levels.

Available to Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd

Program Type: Classes   Subject: Science as Inquiry, Life Science
Cost: $6.75 per student & chaperone

Chemistry Matters

Young learners will have fun exploring basic principles of chemistry through engaging experiments and interesting demonstrations. Students will discover the relevance of chemistry in their daily lives and the impact of chemistry in the world in which they live.

Available to Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd

Program Type: Classes   Subject: Science as Inquiry, Life Science, Physical Science, Science & the Environment
Cost: $6.75 per student & chaperone

Exploring Abstract Art

Works by famous twentieth-century artists such as Picasso are used to introduce the concept of abstraction. Students then enjoy the creative challenge of expressing themselves through self-portraits.

Available to Grades: 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Program Type: Classes   Subject: Art
Cost: $6.75 per student & chaperone

Geology Exploration

Get hands-on with geological processes and activities in the Solar System Gallery.

Available to Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

Program Type: Guided Explorations   Subject: Science as Inquiry, Physical Science, Earth & Space Science, Science & the Environment
Cost: $5.00 per student & chaperone

Geometry & Quilts

This class encourages students to recognize real-world connections between mathematics and the craft of quilting. Students are introduced to traditional patchwork quilts and participate in activities that support geometry standards while reinforcing mathematical understanding.

Available to Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd

Program Type: Classes   Subject: Art, Math
Cost: $6.75 per student & chaperone

Journaling: Learning to Look & Looking to Write

Unique activities in the art galleries encourage students to investigate original works of art while exploring three types of writing: argumentative, informational/explanatory, and narrative. Students examine primary and secondary sources, learn from one another through thoughtful discussions, and participate in journaling activities.

Available to Grades: 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Program Type: Classes   Subject: Art, English & Language Arts
Cost: $6.75 per student & chaperone

Winter/Spring Exhibition - Finding Vivian Maier Guided Exploration

What are the odds of a camera-toting babysitter becoming a famous photographer? Vivian Maier (1926-2009) worked as a nanny for about forty years on Chicago’s North Shore, taking candid shots of people while on field trips with her young charges. Children playing tag, ladies admiring shop windows, and men waiting for the bus are among the approximately 100,000 photographs by Maier, which were shot in black and white and later color film. Maier became an instant celebrity posthumously when an anonymous trunk of undeveloped film came up at auction in 2009. The purchaser later posted the images on the Internet, catching the attention of art critics world-wide. Students will discuss the difference between traditional photography and digital imagery, learn what makes a successful composition, and talk about the art tradition of street photography.

Layered Experience: Pairs well with Bright Light (Class) and Seeing! (Planetarium Show). 

Available to Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

Program Type: Guided Explorations   Subject: Art, Science as Inquiry, History & Social Studies
Cost: $5.00 per student & chaperone