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Sizzling Science

December 26–January 1

Into America’s Wild

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Curious Minds of All Ages!

Science is everywhere, but sometimes discovery needs a guide. Check out our exhibitions, films, labs, makerspaces, events and much more. We're your quirky partner that's here to help you explore the most wonderfully random STEM topics.

Today's Dome Shows

Buckle your seatbelt because it's time to explore our incredible Earth and the farthest reaches of the cosmos in The Dome! 

1 p.m.
Volcanoes - The Fires of Creation

2 p.m.
Living Worlds

3 p.m.
Into America’s Wild

Today's Live Science

Watch and engage with a Museum educator who demonstrates amazing scientific experiments.

1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Member-Only Open Making

1:30 p.m.
Rat Basketball

2:30 p.m.
Science on a Sphere

3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Member-Only Open Making

3:30 p.m.
Simple Machines

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Dome screen showing space images.
Starry Sky

The Dome

​The Dome features live astronomy presentations and giant screen films on one of the most technologically advanced digital planetarium theaters in the world.


Food History
Posted: Nov. 23, 2022

Question Your World: When Did Our Ancestors Start Cooking?

'Tis the season for a science story about cooking. This one goes out to the whole human family!

An illustration of early humans standing in the mouth of a cave looking at a burning fire. Their backs are to the viewer.

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