Planet Shark: Predator or Prey

Closing September 5

Dewey Gottwald Center
Additional Ticket Required
All Ages
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Dive Into the Incredible Underwater World of Sharks.

Trace millions of years of evolution, come face-to-face with the great white shark, learn the true impact of the shark fin trade, and gain a whole new level of respect for the ocean’s oldest and most effective predator. Produced on a size and scale never seen before, Planet Shark: Predator or Prey includes awe-inspiring shark models cast from real animals, an extraordinary collection of real teeth and jaws, and extremely rare fossils–some up to 370 million years old!

Planet Shark: Predator or Prey will be at the Science Museum May 28 - September 5, 2022. The exhibition requires an additional ticket. Scroll down for details.

Planet Shark: Predator or Prey has been made available by Grande Experiences of Australia. Sponsored locally by Markel and GEICO Philanthropic Foundation.

Cast of a great hammerhead shark.

About The Exhibition

Sharks are one of the oldest and most successful predators ever to have lived, and their story is both fascinating and inspiring. Their reign has been critical to maintaining the health of our ocean ecosystems and strengthening the populations of animals that live there.

Today there are more than 400 species of sharks swimming in our oceans. But for the first time in 450 million years, they are under threat. In just the last 50 years, humans have driven dozens of shark species to the brink of extinction. Many more species are suffering massive population collapses.

Planet Shark: Predator or Prey is a journey into the world of the shark, one of the most misunderstood animals on Earth. It is a story of evolution, of form and function, and of the significance of the shark in our world.

Incredible high definition underwater footage features some of the most stunning shark and natural history imagery ever captured. Using a system that incorporates up to 40 high definition projectors combined with a cinema-quality audio narrative, the SENSORY4™ immersive gallery technology shows the shark for what it really is—majestic, powerful, and supremely adapted to its environment.

Years of fishing pressure and media misrepresentation have pushed sharks to the brink of extinction. Their last hope lies with public education and awareness and Planet Shark: Predator or Prey is а vital first step. The experience will leave guests deeply immersed in the story of this magnificent yet sadly misunderstood animal.

Exhibition Admission

The Science Museum offers timed entry to this exhibition. When purchasing your ticket, select the day you wish to visit the Science Museum and then the time you wish to enter the exhibition.

Admission to Planet Shark: Predator or Prey is available through a combination ticket that includes access to the exhibition as well as regular Science Museum exhibits.

  • Admission is $21 for adults; $18.50 for youth (ages 6 – 12) and seniors (ages 60 and older); and $15 for preschool-aged children (ages 3 – 5). Dome tickets are additional. Discounts are available for teachers, military personnel and through the Museums for All program.
  • You will first need to add a ticket for Science Museum admission and then add Planet Shark: Predator or Prey to your visit.
  • Science Museum members receive free admission to the Science Museum and this exhibition. Click here to learn how to become a member.

Young boy looking at the jaws of a shark.
A guest standing in front of enlarged newspaper headlines about shark attacks.
Guests inside the SENSORY4 immersive gallery.
View of the shark exhibition focusing on the food chain.
Young boy looking at shark fossils.
Two children playing a ring toss game in the shark exhibition.

Additional Programming

This summer, we’re planning all kinds of ocean-related programming to expand upon themes in Planet Shark: Predator or Prey. Details are still taking shape, but one thing is for sure: there will be plenty of aquatic STEM fun to dive into this summer!

  • The fan favorite giant screen film, Great White Shark, is back for the summer. Guests can add the feature to their visit for $5 (members can use a Dome pass).
  • Science After Dark: Ocean Odyssey on June 6 will celebrate the mysteries of the ocean. More details to come.
  • The Science Museum is hosting two art exhibitions that spotlight marine life: Picturing Science which highlights the skeletal anatomy of vertebrate fishes and JARS: Sharks on Loan which features cartilaginous fishes from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science.
  • Lunch Break Science presentations throughout the summer will feature experts in various fields related to the exhibition.
  • We’re planning several opportunities around the Science Museum—from the Art Lab to The Forge—for guests to learn more about sea creatures, marine science and more.

Created and Produced by Grande Experiences.

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