Amor: Leisure, Pleasure and Alcohol in Ancient Rome

Books, beers, and barbaric history… what’s not to love? Guest lecturer Dr. Max Nelson, associate professor of language & culture at the University of Windsor, will be at the Institute Tuesday, February 13 from 7 – 9pm, exploring the fascinating history of making (and drinking) alcohol in the ancient world. Connoisseurs of wine, the Ancient Greeks and Romans held beer to be the drink of barbarians that surrounded them. Eventually, those same barbarians would become an integral part of the Roman Empire. Guests 21 years of age and older are invited to indulge themselves in this fascinating session and learn the history of food, drink, sex, and the games.

There will be a cash bar for beer and wine purchases.Guests can tour Ancient Rome: Age of the Caesars, visit the Science Shop to purchase a token of love and make a souvenir beverage coaster. Copies of Nelson’s book, The Barbarian’s Beverage: A History of Beer in Ancient Europe will be available for purchase and signing.

Pre-registered tickets are $10 until 5pm February 11 and $15 at the door. This event is for adults 21 years of age and older; all attendees will be required to show their Government-Issued ID upon check-in.

44th Annual Maple Festival - March 11, 2018

The Institute is excited to present a favorite rite of spring. All activities are open to the public.  In addition to maple-themed snacks, guests are invited to learn about the science of maple syrup production, listen to the story of sugaring in Colonial North America and taste the pure sweetness of homemade maple candy. In addition to craft stations and hands-on table top activities, timed planetarium shows, story hour and a self-guided walk to the maple evaporator will also be available. Don’t forget to stop in the Science Shop during your visit to pick up featured Michigan made maple products to celebrate the day!

General Admission
Adults - $18
Children - $15 

Member Admission
Adults - $15
Children - $12

Note: Children applies to those ages 3-12. Ages 2 and younger are free.

Registration begins January 26, 2018. For more information, please contact the Membership Office at 248 645.3245 or email us at

Please note that no physical tickets will provide and no refunds will be issued after purchase.