Science can be a frightening word, particularly when it's listed under "cause of death" and followed by three exclamation points. Overcome your fear of knowledge with today's Groupon to the Johnson Geo Centre. Choose between the following options:
For $20, you get a museum package for two (up to a $41 total value). The package includes:
- Two general admission passes (up to a $23 value)
- Two 3-D movie tickets (up to an $18 value)
For $31, you get a family museum package (a $62 total value). The family package includes the following:
- One family admission pass for four (a $32 value)
- Two adult movie tickets valid for ages 18 and older (an $18 value)
- Two youth movie tickets valid for ages 3–17 (a $12 value)
Children younger than 5 get free admission.
Chiselled into the 500-million-year-old rocks of Signal Hill, the Johnson Geo Centre delights underground explorers of all ages with subterranean exhibits that celebrate Newfoundland and Labrador’s rich geology and Earth’s structure. An architectural marvel, the building is nestled into a natural rock basin and heated by six geothermal wells and the breath of a reclusive hill dragon. Delve deeply into petrologic provincial history in the Our Province exhibit, starring stones with four billion candles blazing on their birthday cakes. The ExxonMobil Oil and Gas Gallery displays drilling gear, and The Titanic Story chronicles the eponymous ocean liner’s tragic fate with artifacts culled from recent explorations of the ship’s resting place. Fledgling rock doctors aged 7 and younger can keep busy in the interactive KidZone, in the puppet theatre, or by retreating to the fossil corner for tactile tête-à-têtes with elderly trilobites.
Weary-footed ensembles can settle into the 76-seat Steele Earth & Space Theatre, which delights audiences with films presented in an elusive third dimension not visible to the human eye without special glasses. Glimpse into the life of a paleontologist in the 40-minute 3-D movie Dinosaurs Alive!, which evokes gasps with scientifically accurate CGI recreations of ancient environments. Alternatively, the 50-minute 3-D film Fly Me to the Moon follows three young flies that accompany the Apollo 11 crew on their lunar voyage and features the voice talents of Christopher Lloyd, Kelly Ripa, Nicollette Sheridan, Tim Curry, and Buzz Aldrin.
The Johnson Geo Centre offers reduced admission and movie ticket prices for youth, students, and seniors.
The Johnson GEO CENTRE
An expanse of 550-million-year-old rock surrounds the geological exhibits at The Johnson GEO CENTRE, a 33,600-square-foot facility that resides mostly in stone’s favourite hangout: underground. There, the Steele Earth & Space Theatre screens high-definition science-minded films in 2-D and 3-D, and the Geo Theatre projects the four-billion-year history of the earth onto a rock wall featuring a cave, running stream, and glowing lava. Exhibitions include scientific oddities such as a cutaway of the earth and 565-million-year-old fossils preserved in layers of volcanic ash. The museum also highlights the educational opportunities found in more recent events: real-life artifacts and interactive kiosks tell the Titanic's tragic story, and the ExxonMobil Oil and Gas Gallery explores energy with scale models of an oil tanker and offshore supply vessel.
At the KidsPlace, youngsters aged 1–7 can put on science-inspired plays on the puppet-theatre stage or study trilobites and eight-track tapes in the fossil corner. The gift shop also outfits kids with educational books and games, and adults can stock up on agate wind chimes and sterling-silver jewellery. In between bites of GEO sandwiches in the GEO café, members can peruse schedules of numerous monthly events or plan enrollment in summer camps aimed at junior scientists.