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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

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

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