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Connecticut Science Center Events and Exhibits -  2020
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Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed
Saturday, March 7, 10AM-5PM
New Blockbuster Exhibition- On Display March 7, 2020- September 6, 2020

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The ruined cities of the ancient Maya have captured our imaginations since news of their discovery in the jungles of Central America was published in the 1840s. Extensive research has uncovered a culture with a sophisticated worldview that, during its Classic period (250-900 AD), rivaled any civilization in Europe.
Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed uses a combination of hundreds of authentic artifacts, immersive environments, multimedia components, and hands-on exhibits to explore the rise and eventual decline of these fascinating ancient cities to the artisans and laborers who formed the backbone of the Maya society.
Visitors will see spectacular examples of Maya artistry made by masters of their craft, along with objects from everyday life. They will get a close look at the scientific work being carried out as key Maya sites across Central America to understand exactly how we know what we know of the once-hidden Maya of the ancient past. 

STEM Family Showcase
Saturday, March 7, 10AM-5PM

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Bring the whole family out for a day of FUN and explore Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math through interactive demonstrations with real professionals. Get a glimpse into the innovative work happening right here in Connecticut! Throughout our galleries, you will encounter experts from The Hartford, Shepley Bulfinch, Tilcon Connecticut and more. They will facilitate exciting, hands-on family-friendly activities that prove STEM is for everyone!
All activities are included FREE with a paid General Admission or Science Center Membership.
Presented by: Stanley Black & Decker
STEM Career Connections at the Connecticut Science Center is presented by The Hartford and Cognizant U.S. Foundation with founding support from The Mandell- Braustein Family. 
Tessellations, Palindromes, Tangrams, Oh My!
Saturday, March 14 11AM-2PM

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Sharpen your math skills and creative abilities by working with CCSU Mathematics Professor Dr. Shelly Jones and her students. Solve equations to decode a puzzle, complete a word search to uncover the names of famous mathematicians, create palindromes and tessellations. Soduko anyone?
Presenter: CCSU students of Dr. Shelly Jones


Daily Movie Schedule Now Playing in the Hoffman Foundation Science Theater
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Immerse yourself in an unforgettable 3D film experience featuring the most advanced digital and audio technologies. Or settle in for one of our LIVE stage shows where science literally comes to life. Stadium seating ensures there isn't a bad seat in the house and the 3D action springs to life on our 30'x40' giant screen with 18,000-watt Dolby® sound system and 3D glasses that provide the absolute best cinema experience – sharper and brighter than anything you've witnessed before. You may honestly forget you're sitting in a theater.. Visit for more. 

Movie Schedule

Tuesday–Friday Now Playing

1:00PM Out of Bounds: Mountain Adventure (3D) 45 Mins All Ages
2:00PM Dinosaurs of Antarctica (3D) 45 Mins All Ages
3:00PM Out of Bounds: Mountain Adventure (3D)  

Saturday–Sunday & Holidays Now Playing

11:00AM Dinosaurs of Antarctica (3D) (3D) 45 Mins All Ages
12:00PM Out of Bounds: Mountain Adventure (3D) 45 Mins All Ages
  1:00PM Dinosaurs of Antarctica (3D) 45 Mins All Ages
  3:00PM Out of Bounds: Mountain Adventure (3D) 45 Mins All Ages
  4:00PM Dinosaurs of Antarctica (3D) 45 Mins All Ages  

Dinosaurs of Antarctica - The first original large-format dinosaur film in over a decade, Dinosaurs of Antarctica will introduce audiences to the amazing and bizarre prehistoric creatures that inhabited Antarctic forests and swamps hundreds of millions of years ago. With major support provided by the National Science Foundation, the film follows a team of paleoecologists on a quest to understand the southern continent’s profound transformation, from a warm and bio-diverse Mesozoic to the frozen desert we know today.

Out of Bounds: Mountain Adventure - Follow Olympian Torah Bright as she journeys through the world’s longest chain of mountain ranges extending from Antarctica all the way to Alaska. Along the journey, Torah will ride with backcountry legend Jeremy Jones and freeskiing superstar Sammy Carlson. Together, they will encounter penguins, polar bears, and other wildlife, and meet with scientists and environmentalists to uncover a deeper understanding of our mountain ecosystems.

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The Connecticut Science Center, opening June 12 in downtown Hartford, will spark creative imagination and an appreciation for science by immersing visitors in fun and educational hands-on, minds-on interactive experiences.  Visitors will experience over 150 exhibits in ten galleries and a range of topics, including space and earth sciences, physical sciences, biology, the Connecticut River watershed, Connecticut inventors and innovations, a children’s gallery, and much more.  Other visitor amenities include four educational labs, a 200-seat 3D digital cinema, function room, gift store and café, and ongoing events and lectures for all ages. The Science Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing science education throughout the state of Connecticut, providing learning opportunities for students and adults of all ages, and engaging the community in scientific exploration. Information at

The Science Center is completely wheelchair accessible.  Students taking part in the summer camps will be moving through different areas of the Science Center.  The theater is equipped with a system for the hearing impaired.  In most instances they are able to provide one-on-one assistance when needed.
You’ve got plenty of ways to get here, including several public transit options that can lower your carbon footprint. For those who love the thrill of driving, the Connecticut Science Center is located at the corner of Columbus Boulevard and Grove Street, with easy access from I-84 and I-91.
Our street address is:
250 Columbus Blvd, Hartford, CT, 06103.
Hartford has ample parking!  An on-site parking garage is available, located at the corner of Grove St. and Columbus Blvd. We suggest visitors to the Science Center have an alternate parking plan in mind, especially during summer weekdays and school vacations.
From the East
Take I-84 heading west into Hartford. Merge onto Route 2 west via EXIT 54 on the LEFT toward DOWNTOWN HARTFORD (0.6 mi). Route 2 becomes FOUNDERS BRIDGE (0.2 mi). FOUNDERS BRIDGE becomes STATE ST (0.1 mi). Turn LEFT onto COLUMBUS BLVD (0.1 mi). The Connecticut Science Center is on the left
From the WEST
Take I-84 heading east into Hartford. Merge onto I-91 S via EXIT 52 toward NEW HAVEN (0.6 mi). Take EXIT 29A toward CAPITOL AREA (0.2 mi). Merge onto WHITEHEAD HWY (0.1 mi). Take the COLUMBUS BLVD exit (0.1 mi). Turn RIGHT onto COLUMBUS BLVD (0.2 mi). The Connecticut Science Center is on the right
From the NORTH
Take I-91 heading south into HARTFORD. Take EXIT 29A toward CAPITOL AREA (0.2 mi). Merge onto WHITEHEAD HWY (0.1 mi). Take the COLUMBUS BLVD exit (0.1 mi). Turn RIGHT onto COLUMBUS BLVD (0.2 mi). The Connecticut Science Center is on the right
From the SOUTH
Take I-91 heading north into HARTFORD. Take EXIT 29A on the LEFT toward CAPITOL AREA (0.3 mi). Merge onto WHITEHEAD HWY (0.1 mi). Take the COLUMBUS BLVD exit (0.1 mi). Turn RIGHT onto COLUMBUS BLVD (0.2 mi). The Connecticut Science Center is on the right

Be Green and leave the driving to someone else!
  • The Star Shuttle: has stops throughout downtown Hartford and is FREE. It operates every 12 minutes, Monday through Friday from 7AM – 11PM, and Saturday from 3PM – 11PM. Check out our parking options for details.
  • Car pool and use the HOV lanes: I-91 north of Hartford has two HOV lanes, one in each direction, and I-84 east of Hartford has two HOV lanes, one in each direction.
  • CT Transit bus service: For less than $2 per person, there are many bus stops in the area of Main Street & Central Row - all just a short walk to the Science Center.
  • Commuter Bus Park & Ride: Park your car in your hometown lot for free and let a professional driver from the CT Transit Company bring you into Hartford.
  • Amtrak train: Park your car for free at the Connecticut train stations in Windsor, Windsor Locks, or Berlin and ride the rails into Hartford.
Phone: 1-860-724-3623
Mailing Address: 250 Columbus Blvd., Hartford, CT 06103
Images and descriptions on this page are used by permission of the Connecticut Science Center, and are protected under United States Copyright Laws. For information, contact the Connecticut Science Center.

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