To Do Today: Have an Arctic Adventure at the Museum of Science
New exhibition offers an awe-inspiring immersive experience
Arctic Adventure: Exploring with Technology, permanent exhibition
Exhibit Halls are open 9 am to 5 pm daily
The Museum of Science, One Science Park, Boston
An Exhibit Halls ticket admits holders to Arctic Adventure, and all of the museum’s other exhibits. Timed tickets are required. Purchase your ticket online, or call 617-723-2500, and you’ll receive an email confirmation, including a QR code for contactless admission.
Ticket prices are as follows: adults: $29; seniors (60+): $25; children (3-11): $24; children (under 3): free.
Why should I go?
Looking to escape the current heat wave? The Museum of Science’s newest permanent exhibition, Arctic Adventure: Exploring with Technology, offers a chance to explore the Arctic tundra.
In this immersive exhibition, you don’t just learn about the Arctic—you feel it. Ocean wildlife swim underfoot, their sounds echoing through the museum’s Blue Wing; lighting changes to mimic the sun’s changing position over the course of the day; a touchable wall of real ice emanates a frigid air.
Visitors get a chance to imagine life in the polar regions as they take on the role of Arctic researchers, using technology—such as ground-penetrating radar and ice core drills—to explore the changing environment. The radar scanners help explorers “navigate” a satellite map to find lost supplies and return to base camp before a blizzard hits. Another hands-on mission allows visitors to track animals using drone or satellite data.
You’ll also learn about the 800,000 years of climate history that is recorded in the Arctic’s ice, and how animal behavior is adapting in the face of increasing global warming.