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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! 

11 a.m.
Live Universe Exploration

12 p.m.
Great Bear Rainforest

1 p.m.
Birth of Planet Earth

3 p.m.
Great Bear Rainforest

Today's Live Science

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

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Cardboard Skin Challenge

1 p.m.
Make a T-shirt Tote Bag

1:30 p.m.
Rat Basketball

2 p.m.
Make a T-shirt Tote Bag

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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.


Animals Biology History
Posted: April 1, 2022

Question Your World: When Did the Octopus First Appear on Earth?

What has ten arms, two bad puns and 330 million years of history? Today's science story!

Close-up photo of octopus legs. The suckers are visible, the arms are a pink color and the background is black. The head is not in the photo.

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