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Summer Family Fun at the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium

Ride the Wave of Summer Fun at the Museum of Natural History during July and August!
Join us for family fun this summer with a new exhibit, daily planetarium shows and activities.

New exhibit opening on July 1, 2019! Many Inspired Steps: Salute to Apollo 11 and Lunar Exploration

Planetarium shows daily at 2:00pm in July and August: (ages 4 and up)

  • Monday through Wednesday: Sky Views Planetarium Show
    Explore our night sky. Take a tour of the skies and discover the constellations, planets, nebulae and other stunning night sky objects that can be seen in the night sky. Video imagery will bring viewers up close to black holes, star-forming nebulae and more, showing discoveries in astrophysics while instilling a sense of wonder about our universe. (General Audience)
  • Thursday and Friday: Solar System Oasis Fulldome Show
    Take a voyage through our Solar System in search of water, the key ingredient to life on Earth. The program is followed by a brief tour of the night sky, using the planetarium’s Zeiss star projector. (General Audience)
  • Saturdays and Sundays: Cosmic Collisions Planetarium Show
    Take a thrilling trip through space and time–well beyond the calm face of the night sky–to explore cosmic collisions, hypersonic impacts that drive the dynamic and continuing evolution of the universe. This show explores the full range of space collisions, past, present, and future. Show produced by the American Museum of Natural History. (General Audience)

Other Happenings:

  • Moontastic Thursdays in July and August, 1:00pm-2:00pm:
    To enhance your visit to our new exhibit, Many Inspired Steps: Salute to Apollo 11 and Lunar Exploration, museum education staff will lead hands-on activities so you can get to know our nearest neighbor in space. Do you really know just how big the Moon is? Or how far away it is? What happens to the rest of the Moon when we see just a sliver of it or when we can’t see it at all? What would you need to bring on a visit to the Moon? Discover the answers to these questions and much more. These activities are ongoing for the hour.
    Program fee per session: Free with museum admission.
  • Fossil Tuesday Activity Table
    Tuesday, July 9, 10:00am-12:00pm
    Tuesday, August 6, 10:00am to 12:00pm
    Fossil-enthusiast and Museum Docent Chris McKenzie will be showcasing recent fossil discoveries through images and reconstructions. Drop in to learn more about these prehistoric creatures.
    Program fee per session: Free with museum admission.

image: courtesy of Museum of Natural History and Planetarium

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