Louisiana Art & Science Museum Events – June 2019

Special Events


Dino Day

June 8 | 10 AM - 2 PM

Dig up dinosaurs and their prehistoric world through interactive experiences and a special lineup of planetarium shows! Hang out with Jason, an authentic 65-million-year-old Triceratops skull, learn about fossils in our Solar System Gallery, and watch our new planetarium show Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia in the planetarium!

Dino Day: Members Only!

June 8 | 8:30 AM - 10 AM

Members, come early on Dino Day for breakfast at 8:30 AM, Stargazing in the planetarium with Rex the T-Rex at 9:00 AM, and the exclusive premiere of our new planetarium show Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia at 9:15 AM!


All programs are subject to change and are included with general admission unless otherwise noted.


Ampersand Weekends


First Sunday

June 2 | 1 PM - 4 PM

Enjoy free Museum admission and reduced-cost planetarium shows on the first Sunday of each month

Free admission; unlimited planetarium shows $6.


Studio Saturdays

June 15| 2 PM

Join us for Studio Saturdays, monthly workshops for creators ages 8-14 and their accompanying adults! In June, learn about biodiversity and animal extinction while making one-of-a-kind artworks. Visit lasm.org/events to register.

Free for members; general admission plus $5 per child for non-members.

BASF Kids’ Lab

June 8 & 22 | 11 AM, 1 PM, 3 PM

June 9 & 23 | 1:30 PM, 3 PM

Create chemistry during these 45-minute hands-on workshops for scientists ages 6-12 and their accompanying adults. Have fun with a different activity each month: June is A Hair-Raising Experiment. Email kidslab@lasm.org by the Thursday prior to your session to reserve your spot, since space is limited! You may also register on-site the day of the program. Sponsored by BASF


Planetarium Family Hour & Stargazing

Every Saturday | 10 AM

Gather around our "campfire" and learn about the stars and constellations in the local nighttime sky. After this educator-led presentation, enjoy a featured planetarium show that is open to all ages.


The Traveling Trunk Show

Every Saturday | 11 AM

Celebrate the art and science of the spring and summer seasons and inspire your little ones with singing, dancing, and puppets in this interactive theater presentation!


Planetarium Shows

Please visit lasm.org for times and age restrictions

America’s Musical Journey

In America’s musical cities, every chord, every riff, every bang of a drum tells a story. In America’s Musical Journey, these stories come together to create a soundtrack for the American experience—a soundtrack that showcases the nation’s diversity and its collision of cultures, culminating in a unique blend of sound, music, and innovation unlike anywhere else in the world.

Back to the Moon for Good

Immerse yourself in a race to return to the Moon.  See how a competition among privately funded international teams is ushering in a new era of lunar exploration.  Learn about the Moon's resources and discover what humanity's future on the moon may hold. Narrated by Tim Allen, Back to the Moon for Good presents the Google Lunar XPRIZE and the personal stories of competition and collaboration it inspires.

Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia (premieres June 8)

If it weren't for a series of cataclysmic events, a comet impact being first on the list, our planet could well still be the domain of dinosaurs. Following Professor Rodolfo Coria, a world-renowned Argentinian paleontologist, we visit sites of major discoveries he has contributed to in Patagonia and travel back in time to see these amazing beasts come to life in 3D. Patagonia has given us the largest living animal to ever walk the Earth: the titanesque plant-eating Argentinosaur, and its nemesis, the Giganotosaur, a bipedal carnivore that could easily challenge the famous T-Rex.

Dream Big: Engineering Our World

From the Great Wall of China and the world's tallest buildings to underwater robots, solar cars and smart, sustainable cities, Dream Big celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, and reveals the heart that drives engineers to create better lives for people around the world.

McGillivray Freeman’s Dream Big: Engineering Our World is in partnership with the American Society of Civil Engineers and Bechtel Corporation.

Earth, Moon & Sun

This educational and entertaining show explores the relationship between the Earth, Moon, and Sun with the help of Coyote, an amusing character adapted from Native American oral traditions, who has many misconceptions about Earth and its most familiar neighbors.

Flight of the Butterflies

Follow the monarchs’ perilous journey, join hundreds of millions of real butterflies in the remote mountain peaks of Mexico, and discover the compelling true story of an intrepid scientist’s 40-year search to find the monarchs’ secret hideaway in this beautiful scientific adventure.

National Parks Adventure

Join us for the ultimate off-trail adventure into America’s awe-inspiring great outdoors. Explore the wilds of America and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in this full-dome movie narrated by Robert Redford. You will journey through some of America’s most majestic wild places and discover a tapestry of natural wonders that will inspire the adventurer in all of us.

Secrets of Gravity: In the Footsteps of Albert Einstein

Join two friends, 12-year-old Luke and a quirky robot named Alby who knows all about Albert Einstein and his theories, on a magical journey through space and time. They not only uncover the secrets of gravity but also learn about friendship and imagination. 


Narrated by Neil de Grasse Tyson, Seeing! takes visitors on an amazing journey of a single photon as it is produced in a distant star before traveling across the vast expanse of space to land on someone's retina.


Please visit lasm.org for updated show dates and times. All ages may attend Family Hour shows; other shows are for ages 3 and up.




ReTooled: Highlights from the Hechinger Collection

Main Galleries | June 1 – August 7

ReTooled celebrates the ubiquity of tools in our everyday lives with art that transforms utilitarian objects into works of beauty, insight, and wit. By profiling 28 visionary artists from the Hechinger Collection, this exhibition breathes life into the unexpected subject of tools.

ReTooled: Highlights from the Hechinger Collection was organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington DC. Gift of John and June Hechinger. The exhibition at the Art & Science Museum is sponsored by Entergy.


Frameworks of Absence: Brandon Ballengée

Soupçon Gallery | through August 11

The poignant, interdisciplinary exhibition Frameworks of Absence: Brandon Ballengée stands as both a monument to what has been lost to extinction and what may be lost if decisive action is not taken.

To address this loss, Ballengée creates what he calls Frameworks of Absence. Here, Ballengée spends countless hours researching lost species around the globe to identify his subjects. Then, he searches for and acquires prints and publications, many of them antique, which include illustrations of the extinct species. He cuts out depictions of the extinct species to create conceptual representations of the missing animals. Finally, he burns the cut-out pieces and places the ashes inside carefully-labeled effigy jars as is customary in human cremation. Accompanying Ballengée’s artworks are mounted specimens on loan from the LSU Museum of Natural Science and the Louisiana State Arthropod Museum.

Sponsored by the Law Offices of R. Gray Sexton.


Astral Visions: Photographs by Connor Matherne

Universe Gallery | May 4 – December 1

What do you see when you look up at the night sky? Using high-tech equipment and creativity, astrophotographer Connor Matherne sees the mysterious beauty of galaxies and nebulae located thousands of light-years away. Matherne is a Louisiana State University graduate student and researcher at the university’s Planetary Science Laboratory. This selection of photographs features some of the Milky Way’s most fascinating objects.

Astrophotography is the photography of the nighttime sky, astronomical objects, and celestial events and is an important tool in the study of astronomy. Many of Matherne’s subjects are nebulae, which are giant clouds of dust and gas, or clusters of stars beginning to form. To capture images of these faraway formations, Matherne works remotely through an observatory in New Mexico where, even with high-tech equipment, it can take hours to capture a single image.
Accompanying this exhibition is a feature about Astral Visions on our LASM OmniGlobe, which includes additional information from Matherne about his process and pinpoints the location of each celestial entity he has photographed.


All programs are included with general admission unless otherwise noted. Prices offered do not include applicable tax.

The Louisiana Art & Science Museums is supported in part by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, and Recreation & Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a Federal agency.