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Weapons: Beyond the Blade
MPM is excited to present our new cutting-edge exhibit, highlighting stunning examples of weapons throughout history.
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Saturday, December 16th
- 4:30 pm
Dream Big: Engineering Our World is the first film of its kind for giant screen theaters that will transform how we think about engineering.
From the Great Wall of China and the world’s tallest buildings, to underwater robots, solar cars, and sustainable cities, Dream Big celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels both big and small, and shows how engineers push the limits of innovation in unexpected and amazing ways. With its inspiring stories of human grit and aspiration, and extraordinary visuals for the world’s largest screens, Dream Big reveals the compassion and creativity that drive engineers to create better lives for people and a more sustainable future for us all.
- 9:30 am
Take an adventure with Big Bird into outer space and learn about the Sun, the Moon, and the constellations. Together with Elmo and a new pal from China, Hu Hu Zhu, you’ll see the night skies from Sesame Street, Zhima Jie, and all over earth. On this cross-culture voyage, our little viewers will discover how different outer space is from Earth, and how people all over the world are connected to each other. For children ages 4-6. One World, One Sky plays at 9:30 a.m. every Saturday morning.
This Daniel M. Soref National Geographic Dome Theater & Planetarium show is funded by PNC.Learn More
- 11:30 am
In this docent-led tour in conjunction with Weapons: Beyond the Blade, hear stories about MPM's most interesting weapons of warfare from around world.
Dates: Saturdays, October 7 - December 30*
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Duration: 50 minutes
Cost: $4/person plus admission; $2 MPM members
- 10:00 am
- 1:00 pm
- 4:00 pm
Take a live tour of the current Wisconsin night sky in this 22-minute guided Planetarium program. A lively astronomy educator will show you all of the current sights on a clear Dome Theater “sky,” such as planets, constellations, meteors, and other fun celestial phenomena. The program includes a cosmic Q&A session and requests from the audience.
- 11:30 am
- 3:30 pm
In this Planetarium program, follow the struggles as new discoveries alter our view of Earth and its place in the universe. Witness the connections and conflicts between astronomy and astrology. See how the Earth went from a flat place to a round world -- from a static, motionless home to a spinning, orbiting planet! Finally, voyage into the galaxy to glimpse how future discoveries might start new battles about the sky above.
- 12:00 pm
- 2:30 pm
The ocean as never seen before!
Narrated by renowned oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle, Jean-Michel Cousteau's Secret Ocean 3D offers a breakthrough-look at a secret world within the ocean that is perhaps the biggest story of all -- that the smallest life in the sea is the mightiest force on which we all depend.
- 10:30 am
- 1:30 pm
Amazon Adventure tells the epic, true story of explorer Henry Bates's fascinating 11-year journey through the visually stunning and biodiverse Amazon rainforest as a young man who risks his life for science in the 1850s.
As in any great detective story, audiences will experience, in giant-screen format, the compelling clues Bates unearths in his major discovery of the phenomenon of mimicry, whereby certain animals adopt the look of others that helps them deceive predators and gain an advantage to survive. Little known to the public, Bates made other crucial contributions to biology: identifying 8,000 species new to science and, most importantly, putting the first-ever case for the creation of a new species, which Charles Darwin called the "beautiful proof" for Natural Selection.
Audiences will be wowed by the mind-boggling examples of camouflage and mimicry and inspired by Bates's endless curiosity and determination to explore the wilds of nature from the time he was a young boy. Nature is extraordinary and science is adventure, just waiting to be discovered!