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Museum of Science | Adult Offerings | Winter/Spring 2012

Volcanoes on the Verge

Museum of Science

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 7:00 PM (EST)

Boston, MA

Volcanoes on the Verge

Ticket Information

Type End Quantity
Advance Tickets For Museum of Science Members | Begins January 8 at 9:00 a.m.
Ended Free  
Lecture Reservation
Begins January 11 at 9:00 a.m.
Ended Free  

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Event Details

Volcanoes on the Verge

Wednesday, January 25; 7:00 p.m..

With Kenneth Sims, PhD, isotope geochemist and volcanologist; associate professor, Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Wyoming

This presentation is part of the Lessons From Pompeii series.

Did you know that one of the world’s largest volcanoes lies under Yellowstone National Park? Or that one of the most active volcanoes boasts a lava lake 700 feet across and a city of one million residents at its base? In an effort to prevent a modern-day Pompeii, Ken Sims travels the globe and rappels into the fiery hearts of volcanoes, measuring gases and collecting “zero-age” chunks of fresh lava. Marvel at his life in the field, and learn where and when the biggest threats might erupt..


Advance registration begins at 9:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 11 (Sunday, January 8 for Museum members)


A Day in Pompeii stays open for your visit on January 25 (regular admission rates apply; admission is by timed ticket only, advance reservations highly recommended). Explore this ancient bustling resort town before learning all about volcanoes.

More about this season of Adult Offerings at the Museum of Science:

We are changing our worldand it is changing us. Join us as we explore forces of nature—volcanoes, asteroids, weather—that we cannot control.

Think critically about our impact on a food system that profoundly affects us and our planet. Engage in a scientific look at creativity, a critical resource for shaping the future and one that you can harness yourself.


We are constantly adding to our seasonal lineup of special guest lectures, panel discussions, podcasts, social event, and more. To stay in touch with the latest Museum Happenings, visit

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When & Where

Museum of Science
1 Science Park
Boston, MA 02114

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 7:00 PM (EST)

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Museum of Science

The Museum takes a hands-on approach to science, engineering and technology, attracting about 1.5 million visitors a year via its programs and 700 interactive exhibits. Founded in 1830, the Museum was first to embrace all the sciences under one roof. Highlights include the Thomson Theater of Electricity, Charles Hayden Planetarium, Mugar Omni Theater, Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, 3-D Digital Cinema and Butterfly Garden. Reaching 25,000 teens a year worldwide via the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network, the Museum also leads a 10-year, $41 million National Science Foundation-funded Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network of science museums. The Museum’s “Science Is an Activity” exhibit plan has been awarded many NSF grants and influenced science centers worldwide. Its National Center for Technological Literacy® aims to enhance knowledge of engineering and technology for people of all ages and inspire the next generation of engineers, inventors, and scientists. The Museum is ranked #3 by Parents Magazine in its list of the country’s “Ten Best Science Centers. For more information, visit

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