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Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed
Rediscover a lost civilization beginning February 10, 2018 at our upcoming special exhibit.
There's always something exciting happening at MPM!
Research & Collections
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Saturday, March 17th
- 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.
- 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.
- 11:00 am
Hidden MPM Tour: The Maya
Explore how the Ancient Maya civilization shared cultural similarities with Ancient Greece, Egypt, and China, and see examples of the Maya influence in your day-to-day life.
Dates: Saturdays, March 17 - May 26
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Duration: 50 minutes
Cost: $4/person plus Museum admission; $2 MPM members
- 10:30 am
- 1:30 pm
- 4:30 pm
Narrated by two-time Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor, Humpback Whales is an extraordinary journey into the mysterious world of one of nature’s most awe-inspiring marine mammals. Set in the spectacular waters of Alaska, Hawaii, and the remote islands of Tonga, this ocean adventure offers audiences an up-close look at how these whales communicate, sing, feed, play, and take care of their young. Join a team of researchers as they unlock the secrets of the humpback and find out why humpbacks are the most acrobatic of all whales, why they sing their haunting songs, and why these intelligent 55-foot, 50-ton animals migrate up to 10,000 miles round-trip every year.
- 11:30 am
- 2:30 pm
Travel back in time to explore The First Stargazers! Experience how ancient eyes saw the sky above. Your guide is Nashira, a friendly time traveler who reveals amazing tales from cultures all across the globe. Witness the very first stargazer making a moon calendar out of animal bone 30,000 years ago. Discover Kukulkan, the feathered serpent god of the Maya. You will also tower above the Giza pyramids, fly around fascinating Stonehenge, and have many more ancient adventures!
- 12:00 pm
- 3:00 pm
A Tale of Love and Survival in Penguin City! Narrated by David Attenborough, Penguins 3D celebrates the destiny of a very special King Penguin who returns to his birthplace in the sub-Antarctic. Known as Penguin City, the island is home to hundreds of albatrosses, fur seals, and brawling elephant seals, as well as six million penguins! Somehow, our hero must earn his place among the island inhabitants and fulfill his destiny by finding a mate and raising a family.
- 1:00 pm
Since its inception 34 years ago, the Trinity Irish Dancers have grown from a dozen students practicing in a church basement to the largest and most recognized Irish dance school in the world.
Trinity’s Philosophy: Despite their legendary success and innovation, Trinity’s most notable achievement is the consistent realization of their mission to “elevate children, the community, and the world through the power and grace of Irish dance.” Instructors focus on the importance of having fun while developing self-respect and confidence.
Meet the Dancers at MPM! Watch the performance, and stay for your very own Irish Dance lesson.
1 - 1:30 p.m. Performance
1:30 - 2 p.m. Free Irish Dance lessons
First Floor, Exploring Life on Earth
Free with Museum admission