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Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs

Part historic journey and part forensic adventure, this show follows scientists and explorers as they piece together the archaeological and genetic clues of Egyptian mummies and reveal the mysterious world of the pharaohs.

Layered Experience: Pairs well with Ancient Egypt Gallery (Guided Tour or Exploration), Ancient Egypt & Its Art (Class), and Forensic Crime Lab (Class.

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

Program Type: Planetarium Shows   Subject: Life Science, History & Social Studies
Cost: $6.75 per student & chaperone

National Parks Adventure

Join us for the ultimate off-trail adventure into America’s awe-inspiring great outdoors. You and your students will journey through some of America’s most majestic wild places and discover a tapestry of natural wonders that will inspire the adventurer in all of us.

Click here to learn more and explore the National Parks Adventure Educator Guide.

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

Program Type: Planetarium Shows   Subject: History & Social Studies, Earth & Space Science, Science & the Environment
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

Seeing!

Narrated by Neil de Grasse Tyson, this show takes visitors on an amazing journey of a single photon as it is produced in a distant star, before traveling across the vast expanse of space to land on someone’s retina. The fulldome planetarium show explores some of the fascinating processes of the cosmos, from astrophysics to the biology of the eye and the brain.

Layered Experience: Pairs well with Bright Light (Class) and Finding Vivian Maier (Exhibition Guided Tour or Exploration).

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

Program Type: Planetarium Shows   Subject: Life Science, Physical Science, Earth & Space Science
Cost: $6.75 per student & chaperone

Solar System Gallery

Explore the history of our universe from astronomy to paleontology, and learn what Earth was like when Jason the Triceratops roamed the land. Students will encounter a variety of interactive displays that allow them to virtually travel to the Moon, learn about gravity as they weigh themselves on different planets, and more. An exhibition of minerals and fossils, including a 65-million-year-old authentic Triceratops prosus skull, will teach students about our aging planet.

Layered Experience: Pairs well with Dinosaurs Alive!  (Planetarium Show) and all astronomy-themed Planetarium shows.

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

Program Type: Guided Tours   Subject: Science as Inquiry, Life Science, History & Social Studies, Earth & Space Science, Science & the Environment
Cost: $1.50 per student & chaperone

Ventures through Our Solar System

The planetarium is transformed into a space transport vehicle as we buckle our seatbelts and join the countdown for a live, immersive, and interactive adventure to uncover the latest NASA planetary discoveries throughout our solar system. Included are findings from the New Horizon spacecraft visit to Pluto.

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

Available to Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th

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

We Are Stars

Join us for an adventure that starts with a little stardust and builds over billions of years to become our world. Topics include the formation of hydrogen, nuclear fusion in stars, formation of asteroids, synthesis of carbon, creation of our own solar system, and the emergence of the very first living cells on Earth. We Are Stars is an incredible ride that explores the secrets of our cosmic chemistry and explosive origins.

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

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

Program Type: Planetarium Shows   Subject: Physical Science, Earth & Space Science
Cost: $6.75 per student & chaperone

Winter/Spring Exhibition - Finding Vivian Maier Guided Tour

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: Pre-K, K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Program Type: Guided Tours   Subject: Art, Science as Inquiry, History & Social Studies
Cost: $1.50 per student & chaperone

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