celebrate the opening of Cosmic Wonder and enjoy free
solar telescope observing (weather permitting), tours of the Doane
Observatory, enter to win a Celestron Travel Scope 50 and
New exhibit showcases 50 rare and unique objects from the
Sterling Morton Library's collections. The artifacts include a
collection of butterflies that is more than 100 years old, an
Eskimo bone carving, original woodblocks, and metal sculptures.
Explore a modern cabinet of curiosities, with drawers that pull out
and doors that open to reveal objects and interactive games, share
your vision of a library in 50 years, and take part in a
library-wide scavenger hunt.
Kids become bug detectives as they explore the exhibit
of huge bug sculptures built using natural materials
including trees, dried branches, roots and green saplings. On
display will be an over-sized bee hive, lady bug, assassin bug,
damsel fly, spider, daddy long legs, praying mantis, dragon fly,
grasshopper and three ants. Kids receive a free bug
detective guide, helping them uncover the truth about bugs. Plus,
they can take part in daily events to learn more about bugs, plus
an edible insects program for the whole family.
Features supersized animatronic dinosaurs, including
favorites like Stegosaurus and Triceratops, as well as obscure
dinosaur species with unusual characteristics, like feathers.
Shantungosaurus-the largest dinosaur to walk on two legs-stands at
more than 20 feet tall and 50 feet long in Roosevelt Fountain, and
a tented showcase highlights the most recent paleontological
findings that birds evolved from dinosaurs. In addition, guests
will learn how dinosaurs are relevant to today's world and how
changes in climate may have led to their extinction, plus about
prehistoric flowers and plants .
Children and families can innovate and
interact directly with the real, three-dimensional world
around them. Visitors design, build, test
and retest with real tools and materials.
See a full-size replica of NASA's Mars
Curiosity rover. The rover, which landed safely on Mars,
is a high-fidelity prototype and the only one of its kind to be
The world's most technologically advanced dome theater
transforms into a virtual observatory. The night sky reveals the
mysteries of our Universe in the most immersive space environment
ever created. Witness the beauty of the Crab Nebula as it descends,
zoom into Orion the Hunter and become bathed in a hotbed of active
star formation, zero in on a small patch of the night sky as you
are surrounded by the Hubble Extreme Deep Field image containing
more than 5,500 galaxies.
Delve into the mysterious world of bioluminescence, from the
glowworms dangling from the ceiling of New Zealand's famous Waitomo
Caves, to the deep-sea fishes that illuminate the perpetually dark
depths of the oceans. Discover the variety of ways in which light
is used to attract a mate, lure unsuspecting prey, or defend
against a predator, and see how scientists study this amazing
ability to glow.
See some of the Museum's most fascinating historic bicycles,
juxtaposed with the coolest, fastest and most high-tech bikes
currently on the market. Learn about the latest trends,
cutting-edge materials, and technologies used by elite athletes,
urban riders and bike enthusiasts and see science's role in the
The exhibition showcases more than 100 animal specimens
that have been preserved through the process of
Plastination. From goats to giraffes and octopuses to
ostriches, guests will see the inner workings of some of the
world's most impressive animals and better understand the evolution
of animals and the natural world.