PROGRAMS AND EVENTS
The Revolutionary Theory That Changed the World
Darwin offers a fascinating collection of specimens, artifacts, manuscripts and memorabilia related to one of the most influential scientists the world has ever known.
Explore Charles Darwin’s world and learn more about his revolutionary theory during some of these great programs and events. Check our daily schedule for exact times and dates.
Saturday, June 27
Celebrate the opening of Darwin with a tour of the exhibition, cocktails, light dinner and live demonstrations. The premier will benefit Great Lakes Science Center’s science camps and educational programs. Educators will be the focus of the evening and those purchasing tickets are encouraged to underwrite tickets for teachers or bring them as guests.
To reserve tickets, please call (216) 696-4521.
FREE Darwin Lecture
Monday, June 29
Beaks, the Beagle, and other Misconceptions about Charles Darwin and Evolution
William F. McComas, Ph.D., Parks Family Professor of Science Education, University of Arkansas, examines key aspects of evolution by natural selection; misconceptions regarding the nature of evolution; the mechanism of natural selection; the role of the Galapagos Islands in Darwin’s thinking; and the fascinating parallel discovery of natural selection by Alfred Russel Wallace. Lecture includes free admission to Darwin.
Reservations are required. Please call (216) 621-2400.
June 27 – September 18
Continue your Darwin-related adventure in our six-story high OMNIMAX® Theater. Journey to Galápagos with marine biologists as they delve deep into the largely unknown waters surrounding the volcanic archipelago. Visit our OMNIMAX® web page for show times.
Darwin’s Night Sky
Sunday, July 25 – 2:00 pm
Sunday, August 9 – 2:00 pm
Sunday, August 23 – 2:00 pm
Visit the STARLAB Portable Planetarium and see what the night sky may have looked like during Darwin’s voyage on the HMS Beagle. Learn to find your way using local constellations. Appropriate for ages 7 and up.
Limited seating available. Call (216) 621-2400.
Members: FREE with pre-registration.
Non-Members: $4 with pre-registration.
Mobile Explorer Cart Activities
Have fun with special hands-on activities throughout the exhibition. Use “clip birds” to collect food with your beak; peer through a microscope and learn how organisms adapt; and much more. Check daily schedule for dates and times.
Explore Your World Sweepstakes
Charles Darwin’s explorations took him to South America, the Galápagos Islands and beyond. Where in the world would you go? See Darwin and enter to win two round-trip tickets to the Continental destination of your choice, courtesy of Continental Airlines. Valid for flights operated by Continental Airlines only. Sweepstakes runs from June 27- September 18, 2009.
For complete rules and entries, click here.
Related Programs from our Community Partners
Visions of Galápagos
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History
July 18 - October 11, 2009
Visions of Galápagos combines historical objects from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History’s collections with items from the Dittrick Medical History Center related to Darwin's famous journey to Galápagos. Paired with these historic artifacts will be the colorful visionary paintings of Galápagos animals by Cleveland Heights artist Seth Chwast. For more information, click here.
Darwin on Display
Cuyahoga County Public Library
Be sure to visit Cuyahoga County Public Library and see the Darwin displays on view at all 28 branches during the month of July. Offered in conjunction with the Darwin exhibition, each display showcases books, CDs and DVDs related to Charles Darwin. It’s a great way to brush up on your knowledge of one of the most influential scientists the world has ever known.
This NOVA program explores the living world Charles Darwin knew and a world he could only have dreamed of: the inner workings of natural selection. Check station listings for dates and times.
Inherit the Wind
The Cleveland Play House
October 23 - November 15, 2009
Eighty years after the “Scopes Monkey Trial,” this classic courtroom drama about evolution, creationism, and an American society struggling to balance science and scripture is as timely as ever.
Celebrate the Year of Darwin and Evolution
Case Western Reserve University
Throughout the 2008-2009 academic year, departments from across Case Western Reserve University are sponsoring events and programs celebrating Charles Darwin's life, his work and the diverse ways in which evolutionary theory continues to influence research and thought in biology and other fields. Find out more here.