Wednesday, November 9, 2011


Nikon Small World
WHEN: November 5, 2011, through January 8, 2012
WHERE: Main Building - 1st Floor West Gallery, West State Street, Trenton
Glimpse a world that most have never seen. Nikon Small World is a window into a universe that can only be seen through the lens of a microscope.

Awaken the sense of discovery and see into another world that exists beyond perceptible vision. The 2011 Nikon Small World exhibition merges science and art with award-winning photomicrographs.

This year's winning entries display a number of outstanding images covering a wide range of biological, chemical, and material substances. More than 1,900 images from around the world were submitted during the competition, which were evaluated by an independent five-person judging panel on their originality, informational content, technical proficiency, and visual impact. These 20 award-winning photomicrographs on tour during 2011 will connect visitors to the world around them-both seen and unseen.

 Planetarium Schedule
Laser Nutcracker Spectacular 3D
WHEN: November 28, 2011 through January 8, 2012, Saturdays and Sundays at 1 and 3 PM;  Special school break presentations will be offered on December 27, 28 and 29 at 11 AM and 1 PM
$7 adult; $5 child (twelve and under) and includes 3D glasses.
This entertaining show captures the joyous spirit of the season with spectacular effects and brilliant laser light. In addition to the classical music from Tchaikovsky's beloved ballet, the program includes Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and other favorites. Suitable for general audiences.

Watch a preview here


Eighty million years ago, the American Midwest lay under a great inland sea where colossal creatures ruled the waves, from giraffe-necked Styxosaurus and sea birds with teeth to the "T. rex of the Ocean", the 40-foot super-predator Tylosaurus. This National Geographic program immerses audiences in this unexplored world of the "other dinosaurs." Meet up with a family of Dolichorhynchops as they swim through waters with prehistoric sharks and squids brought to life in our Planetarium's full-dome immersive theater. Then see the real plesiosaurs and mosasaurs in our newest exhibition, Natural History Highlights, located in the Museum's main gallery. 
WHEN: Through November 26! Every Saturday & Sunday at 1 and 3 PM.

2 PM  The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket Two adventurous youngsters blast off into space in a homemade cardboard rocket for an amazing voyage of discovery through the solar system. This entertaining program introduces students to basic facts about the sun, earth and other planets of the solar system.Suitable for young children 3 -10 and their families.
4 PM  Passport to the Universe As new scientific discoveries reveal answers to cosmic mysteries, we wonder how we fit into this vast universe. Taking audiences on a voyage of billions of light years, Passport to the Universe, produced by the American Museum of Natural History and narrated by Tom Hanks, is an incredible journey from our home planet to the edge of the universe. Audiences fly through the rings of Saturn, into the heart of the Orion Nebula and back to Earth through a black hole. Suitable for general audiences.

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Thunderbirds: Yah-oh Way
WHEN: November 12 at 12:30 & 2 PM
WHERE: Auditorium
Yah-oh-Way, meaning "it is good" in Hopi, features dances of various Native American nations. Accompanied by song and drumming, the dancers don beautiful costumes and explain the meaning behind each movement. Audience volunteers will have a great time participating in the Feather Dance, a traditional expression of thanksgiving. Grades: K - 12; a perfect performance for the whole family.