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This weekend series, proudly sponsored by the Paul and Irma Milstein Family, presents afternoon programs that give visitors a chance to interact with scientists, discover amazing creatures, and celebrate science under the iconic blue whale.


The Milstein Science Series is proudly sponsored by the Irma and Paul Milstein Family.

Upcoming Offerings


Capturing the Ocean's Glow

May 1, 2014 - May 31, 2014

Discover a rich underwater world of glowing reefs and fishes in this short film featuring spectacular footage shot with experimental cameras during the Museum’s 2013 Explore21 Expedition to the Solomon Islands.



June 22, 2014

One of the sea's most misunderstood animals, sharks have inhabited the oceans for 400 million years. Learn more about these fascinating fishes in a family-friendly afternoon.

Past Offerings

Clownfish with Anemone (Not from Poison)

Poseidon’s Poisons and Marine Medicines

April 13, 2014

This program connected to the Museum’s exhibition The Power of Poison, includes scientific presentations, Q&As, activity stations for families, and a live animal encounter.

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May 19, 2013

The oceans are home to about 80 species of whales. But what is the plight of these unique creatures? Go inside a 45-foot, life-size replica of a humpback whale; explore hands-on activities; meet scientists, and more, in this family program.

Solomon Islands Aerial View

Reefs Illuminated

April 14, 2013 - May 3, 2013

In this new film, shown in the Geodome theater, Museum scientists John Sparks and David Gruber take a journey to the remote South Pacific coral reefs of the Solomon Islands to explore newly discovered biofluorescent species of fishes and stingrays, along with biofluorescent corals, crinoids, anemones, and other glowing invertebrates.


Island Life

April 14, 2013

Explore what scientists have learned about island species since Darwin’s famous voyage on the Beagle brought him to the Galapagos.


Ocean Eats

March 10, 2013

Explore the relationship between humans and the oceans, from cultural traditions and fishing practices to sustainable seafood, and learn how to be a steward of Earth’s seas in this family-friendly program, the first of a monthly series this spring.

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