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Acheson Planetarium

Public Planetarium Programs

Science Shop Hours

Tuesday-Thursday: 10am-3pm
Friday: 10am-9pm
Saturday: 11am-4pm
Sunday: 12pm-4pm


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Changing Exhibit

Da Vinci Machines and Robotics

is presented by


July 21, 2018 - January 13, 2019

Created by The Artisans of Florence International in collaboration with The Niccolai Group, this exhibition consists of over 75 exhibits, reconstructed from the manuscripts (Codices) and drawings of 15th century Renaissance Man Leonardo da Vinci. Exploring and connecting his studies in nature, anatomy, mechanics, flight, and robotics, this Exhibition demonstrates how Leonardo’s work is more relevant in today’s scientific world than 500 years ago when he first conceived his amazing ideas.

Public Program Schedule

Explore today's program offerings as well as any other special events that might be going on at the Institute of Science! These shows are for general admission visitors. School groups and other groups may attend regularly scheduled public shows. Please check at the Front Desk when you arrive at the Institute for availability

Permanent Exhibits

The museum's exhibitions are housed in 14 permanent galleries. There is also a changing exhibition hall, an outdoor science garden, nature trails, a state-of-the-art planetarium, an observatory and an interactive fossil prep area known as exploreLAB. The major overarching theme to the exhibitions is the interconnectedness in nature. This idea is introduced to visitors in a unique, multi-media theater called the Connections Theater.