Science is surprising, inspiring, and weird! Come see the weirder specimens in our collections all day at the Academy. Weird-Thing-in-a-Jar Day is part of All-Star Days.
Weird and Wonderful
11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
They might not be jarred, but the live animals of the Academy are plenty weird! Meet the live animals of the Academy during this live animal show.
Get set for an adventure as you help prepare would-be scientists from the audience for an expedition in this interactive stage show. What do Academy scientists need when they go into the field for their research? The answers might surprise you!
Closer Look: Preserving Specimens
How do scientists across the Academy preserve specimens for research? Come find out about the amazing techniques.
North American Hall
Peer into jars from the Academy’s collections for some weird and wonderful surprises.
Think you know chocolate? Use your senses to get an even deeper (and delicious) understanding of everyone’s favorite dessert. Test your nose with sweet smell jars and take a look at chocolate cake under a microscope. Examine a real cacao pod and identify the ingredients of popular desserts.
(More) Cool Collections
More weird-things-in-jars to inspire your scientific investigations!
Think you know weird? Create a creature of bizarre adaptations.
Visit Outside In for an interactive tale featuring a live animal.
Special Exhibits Gallery
Chocolate: The Exhibition
Open all day
Indulge yourself in the sumptuous world of chocolate! Presented in Spanish and English, Chocolate: The Exhibition traces the intriguing story of this “food of the gods” from its origin as a unique rain forest tree to the sensuous sweet millions of people crave today. Explore chocolate’s impact on tropical ecosystems, human cultures, and the global economy through a range of fun, hands-on activities for all ages. Stand under a life-size cacao tree, touch pods and seeds, and more.
Chocolate and its national tour were developed by The Field Museum, Chicago. This project was supported, in part, by the National Science Foundation. $5 nonmembers, $3 Individual and Family members, free for Family Plus members and above. Not a member? Join at the admissions desk today and deduct today’s admission from the cost of your membership.
Ground Level in the Commons
Hot Chocolate Bar presented by 12th Street Catering.