SCHEDULE ALERT: We’ll be closing at 5:00pm on Saturday, March 23 and will be closed to the general public on Sunday, March 24, but will be open for our members only Dino Fest event from 2:00 – 5:00pm. We apologize for any inconvenience. 
Member Exclusive: Dino Fest
March 24 | 2:00 - 5:00pm

Explore the wondrous world of dinosaurs! Members of the Institute are invited to join us for Dino Fest, which includes exclusive guided tours of our new exhibit, Doom of the Dinosaurs , dino egg hunts, scavenger hunts, fossil prep demonstrations, virtual reality experiences, planetarium shows, and more. Ticket prices are $20 for adults, $15 for children ages 2-12, and free for those under age 2. Tickets will be available the day of the event for an additional $5 per ticket. For an additional fee, engage in dino talks, meet a real paleontologist, and get all your dinosaur questions answered. Session availability is limited and add-on ticket prices range from $5 - $10 per person. Become a member today to participate in Dino Fest. Registration is now open through 5:00pm on March 21. Get your tickets today .
Spring Into Science
April 1 - 5 | 11:00am - 3:00pm daily

Still looking for spring break plans? Look no further! The Institute of Science will be open all week, and visitors will have the opportunity meet the “Dirt Doctors,” learn about the vampire of the Great Lakes, enjoy hands-on exploration of wildlife and nature found in Michigan, and much more. Keep an eye on our Facebook page and website for more details on activities and when they’re taking place throughout the week. All Spring into Science activities are FREE with general museum admission. 
Don't Forget...
  • Free First Friday: Courtesy of the MASCO Corporation Foundation, general admission to the Institute of Science is FREE after 5:00pm on March 1, 2019.
  • Join us at the Institute for the Michigan Mineralogical Society’s Annual Swap Night on Monday, March 11. Everyone is invited to bring gems, minerals, and fossils to sell or trade. Doors open at 7:00pm at the Institute, no admittance fee.
  • Take a journey through mass extinctions and walk among casts of dinosaur skeletons in, Doom of the Dinosaurs: Are We Next?, open now through Sept. 1, 2019. Check out our website for admission pricing.
  • Register now for our 2019 Explore Science! summer camps. Check out our website for programs, dates, and prices.  
Science Corner
Cool Science Stuff from Around the Globe...
There is convincing evidence that an asteroid impact, which happened around 66 million years ago, injected massive quantities of climate altering gasses into the atmosphere, thereby cooling the Earth, reducing photosynthesis, and triggering the extinction of non-avian dinosaurs (1,2). This event roughly coincides with the eruption of the Deccan Traps , extensive, potentially climate altering lava floods that erupted in India. New dating of the volcanic rocks by two independent groups, using different methods, has generated conflicting results: One team found that 75% of the lava was extruded after the extinction (3), while the other researchers place the extinction in the middle of the greatest eruptions (4). The latter case would allow for a significant role for volcanism in the extinction scenario.

(1) Schulte et al. 2010, Science vol. 327,1214-1218; (2) Artemieva et al. 2017, Geophysical Research Letters, 44; (3) Sprain et al. 2019, Science 363, 866; (4) Schoene et al. 2019, Science 363, 862.
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