Experience Nature From a Different Seat: Omnifest 2013

Tomorrow marks the end of Minnesota Museums Month. Good news is, with nearly 500 museums—60 of which are located in the Twin Cities—the celebration never has to stop. And while May might be over, there is still a once-a-year event taking place at the Science Museum of Minnesota: Omnifest.

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Having begun on May 10, the annual film festival lasts a total of six weeks, each one jam-packed with fantastic films shown on the museum’s larger-than-life Omnitheater screen. A total of five films will be available, playing on a rotating roster each day.

These films bring nature to life, allowing you to get up close to Jane Goodall’s Wild Chimpanzees, the sharks, whales, and big fish that reside off the coast of South Africa (Wild Ocean), the breathtakingly stark land and wildlife of Antarctica, the horrors of Tornado Alley, and the adventures of Lewis and Clark (Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West)—all of which deserve to not only be watched, but experienced. By seeing these on the Omnitheater’s screen, you have the opportunity to get lost in the wonder and excitement of each film. 

While these only run through June 20, the Science Museum of Minnesota is open year-round, cycling through new, intriguing exhibits every few months. One of these recent additions is Future Earth, an exhibit that explores how all seven billion humans on earth are both the dominant agents of global climate change as well as the innovators who keep our planet thriving. Perhaps it’s time to see where you fit into that equation?

There’s a lot to be experienced and learned at the Science Museum of Minnesota. Take an afternoon or day to explore all it has to offer!

Omnifest tickets: First film: $8 adults, $7 children and seniors, and free for Science Museum members. Get a 15 percent discount on each additional film purchased for that same day.