What’s New at the Museum of Science Boston This Summer?

The summer weather is already underway, and before you know it, the kids will be out of school. Of course, summer is a time for barbeques and swimming pools, but that doesn’t mean you can’t sneak in a little educational fun for the kids at the world-class Museum of Science, Boston. Better yet, the whole family will enjoy the new exhibits, shows, and events opening at the Museum this summer. From ancient Egypt to outer space, the opportunities for discovery are endless.

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Children explore the Lost Egypt exhibit.


Most recently the Museum presents Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science, a new temporary exhibit which opened on May 27, 2012. With the help of real archeologists, visitors will participate in interactive challenges and view authentic artifacts to bring to life the mysteries of ancient Egyptian culture.  Highlights of the exhibit include a real human mummy, animal mummies, and art and artifacts from the daily life and funerary culture of ancient Egypt. The exhibit combines archeology with high-tech modern science to produce forensic facial reconstructions, scans, and a life-size rapid prototype of a mummy in a stage of “unwrapping.” This incredible exhibit is only in Boston for the summer, so make sure you check it out before it’s gone!

On the IMAX front, escape the summer heat with To the Arctic, a chilling film that gives an unparalleled glimpse into the lives of a mother polar bear and her two seven-month-old cubs as they struggle to survive in the ever-changing Arctic wilderness. With the Omni theater’s 5-story-tall IMAX Dome screen and state-of-the-art digital sound system, you’ll feel like you’re really alongside the polar bears, navigating immense glaciers, melting ice, majestic waterfalls, and snow-covered peaks. To the Arctic is at once adventurous and intimate, captivating audiences of all ages.  View the show times for To the Arcticplaying for a limited time only—on the Museum of Science website.

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View the night sky from Gilliland Observatory at the MOS.

For free nighttime entertainment head to the little-known Gilliland Observatory, hidden away on the roof of the Museum’s parking garage. Every Friday until November from 8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (weather permitting), use of the museum’s Celestron CGE 1100 Schmidt Cassegrain telescope is available for public use. Both amateur astrologists and the curious-minded general public will enjoy this social event.  Knowledgeable Museum employees staff the event and are available to answer any questions.

Finally, don’t miss out on the new 3-D production of Space Junk, opening June 1st in the Museum’s 3-D Cinema. How big and how serious is the problem of “space junk,” or debris falling from the skies? What is space junk and how did it get there? This visually stimulating, in-your-face adventure tackles these questions and examines the solutions that could be implemented to restore Earth’s orbits. Click here for show times.

While this list certainly doesn’t cover the wide array of events, shows, and exhibits at the Museum of Science this summer, it should provide reason enough to plan a Museum trip in the near future—we all know the summer passes in the blink of an eye. Of course, the Museum’s trademark attractions, including Triceratops Cliff and To the Moon, are always a treat for the family.

Use our Go Select Boston Card this summer for convenient, discounted admission to the Museum of Science and several other popular area attractions for families, such as the New England Aquarium, a Boston Duck Tour, the Boston Children’s Museum, Fenway Park Tours, and the Franklin Park Zoo.

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