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Five Things to Know About Museum of Science
The Museum of Science dates all the way back to 1830, when a group of civic-minded scientists and academics formed the Boston Society of Natural History. The group didn’t have a permanent spot for its collections until 1864, and it didn’t move into its current spot by the Charles River until 1951. After 180 years, the museum still isn’t standing still; it’s just finished a capital campaign to help inspire a love of science and technology in future generations. Before you stop by, here are a few helpful tidbits about the museum.
- There’s plenty for little ones to do. Designed for kids 8 or younger, The Discovery Center offers hands-on science experiments, real fossils and animal skeletons, and much more. T. rex fans will love the Dinosaurs: Modeling the Mesozoic exhibit, which features plenty of imagination-inspiring models and fossils.
- To infinity and beyond? Why not? Past exhibits include The Science Behind Pixar, which showed the technology and science that go into creating films such as Toy Story and Finding Nemo over more than 40 exhibit elements.
- There are presentations all day. Check out a demonstration of lightning created by a very large Van de Graaff generator, see a show about scientific magic, or watch two brothers discuss physics while performing entertaining feats in The Amazing Nano Brothers Juggling Show.
- IMAX in the house: With a gargantuan screen measuring more than five stories in height, the IMAX theatre gives you an immersive view of the world; popular shows let audiences explore Arabian lands or visit the worlds of dinosaurs or humpback whales.
- Math controversy abounded in 2015 when a teen saw what he believed to be a math error in a museum exhibit. At first, the museum acknowledged its error, but upon further review, it emerged that the museum’s original equation was correct (albeit presented in a less common format).