November 29 - December 28

Friday and Saturday evenings
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Included with Museum Admission

On Friday and Saturday evenings from November 29 through December 28, the museum you love will be transformed by colored light and large scale interactive art installations. During Illumination, you’ll see the museum in a whole new light!

Take in the BODY WORLDS Rx exhibit and Superpower Dogs in the newly-renovated, all-digital Omnitheater, enjoy light-themed food and drinks, play a supersized video game, build an illuminated city, and much more as we use science to light up the darkest time of year! 


Immersive Lightscapes


Be greeted by color and light, interact with our brand new, sound-activated ice shard sculptures, and toast a s’more!

Larger Than Light Play


Create a large-scale scene in a Shadow Puppet Theatre and join your friends & family in Illuminators, a giant-sized, smartphone controlled game sponsored by Best Buy.

City of Lights


Use transparent bricks to build colorful glowing structures in our ever-growing City of Lights.

T. rex Experience
Sponsored by


Watch for sightings of our newest staff member, a life-sized juvenile T. rex puppet, as it roams the dimmed galleries.

Illumination F.A.Q.

Presented by
Target Bullseye Logo
Experience Sponsor
Wells Fargo Logo
Supporting Sponsor
Best Buy Logo
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