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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

Dinosaurs Alive!

See the earliest creatures of the Triassic period to the monsters of the Cretaceous brought back to life through scientifically accurate computer generated animation in this amazing documentary. You will join some of the world’s preeminent paleontologists as they uncover evidence that the descendents of dinosaurs still walk (or fly) among us.

Layered Experience: Pairs well with Solar System Gallery (Guided Tour) or Geology (Guided Exploration).

Available to Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Program Type: Planetarium Shows   Subject: Science as Inquiry, Life Science, Physical Science, History & Social Studies, Earth & Space Science, Science & the Environment
Cost: $6.75 per student & chaperone

Dream Big: Engineering Our World

Dream Big celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, and reveals the heart that drives engineers to create better lives for people around the world while transforming the way we think about engineering.

Layered Experience: Pairs well with Engineering: Simple Machines, Engineering Encounters, and Robot Design Challenge (Classes).

Available to Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Program Type: Planetarium Shows   Subject: Math, Science as Inquiry, Physical Science, Science & the Environment
Cost: $6.75 per student & chaperone

Flight of the Butterflies

Follow the monarchs’ perilous journey, join hundreds of millions of real butterflies in the remote mountain peaks of Mexico, and discover the compelling true story of an intrepid scientist’s 40-year search to find the monarchs’ secret hideaway in this beautiful scientific adventure.

Layered Experience: Pairs well with Miss Trudy’s Traveling Trunk Show (Interactive Educational Theater) and Beetles, Bugs, & Butterflies (Class).

Available to Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Program Type: Planetarium Shows   Subject: Science as Inquiry, Life Science, History & Social Studies, Science & the Environment
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

Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean

Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of ocean pioneer Jacques Cousteau, invites you to dive into this whole new world that will leave you in awe of the beauty and diversity of the oceans – the source of all life on our planet. Secret Ocean introduces audiences to over 30 species, illuminating behaviors captured for the first time thanks to new underwater filming tools.

Available to Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

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

Secrets of Gravity: In the Footsteps of Albert Einstein

Join us for an exciting voyage of discovery through space and time as your students learn about the laws of nature and the discoveries of Albert Einstein as well as his own philosophy of remaining inquisitive and discovering the world for yourself. This is an animated show which uses the latest technological developments and combines fascinating facts with an emotional story, thus generating an enduring learning effect.

Layered Experience: Pairs well with Solar System Gallery (Tour) or Astronomy (Guided Exploration).

Available to Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

Program Type: Planetarium Shows   Subject: Science as Inquiry, Physical Science, History & Social Studies
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