Science Night at the Museums 2024

Science Night at the Museums 2024


Hilbun Hall and Cobb Institute


Amy Moe-Hoffman, Chair of Museums and Galleries Committee

Science Night at the Museums is a family-friendly event filled with science related fun. Visitors can tour the Dunn-Seiler museum, and enjoy science demonstrations and hands-on activities in physics, astronomy, geology, archaeology, paleontology, chemistry, microscopy, biology, veterinary studies, entomology, and more!!

The event is free and open to the public.

Donations of non-perishable food item or unopened toiletries for our local food shelf will be accepted on the first floor of Hilbun hall.

Stick around for our after-event movie screenings! The Mississippi Entomological Museum and the Mississippi State University Herbarium will host movies in Harned Hall room 102 beginning at 7pm. Enjoy Treetender I and II, followed by Jurassic Park Dominion! To see descriptions of the movies, CLICK HERE.

small flier with moviesParking map SP24Food Drive info Science Night 2024

Activity List:


1st Floor
Room 102: The Singing Weatherman Stormin' Bob Swanson Start times 4:30, 5:30, 6:30 (lasts 20 minutes)
Room 102: Robotics Demonstrations (Partnership Middle School) Start times 4:10, 5:10, 6:10 (lasts 15 minutes)
1st Floor West: FOOD DRIVE - drop off your non-perishable donations with the Girlscouts and Starkville Strong
Room 112: Dunn-Seiler Museum of Geology
1st Floor Hall East: Physics Demonstrations (Department of Physics and Astronomy)
Room 150: Physics Demonstrations Start times 4:05, 4:30, 5:00, 5:30, 6:00, 6:30
Room 152: Pathology and Parasites (School of Veterinary Medicine)

2nd Floor
2nd Floor West: Gecko Fun! (MUW Biology)
2nd Floor Hall West: 3D Printing in Clay (College of Architecture, Art, and Design)
Room 202: Microscope exploration (Department of Geosciences)
Room 202: Kid's corner: Coloring station/ Dress up as your favorite scientist! (Museums and Galleries Committee)
Room 216 West: Branching out: Pinecones and Painting with Soils (Campus Tree Trail)
Room 216 East: Amazing Animal Tracks and Crafts (Wildlife Society Student Chapter)
2nd Floor Hall East: Wood identification and Daily Wood Uses (Sustainable Bioproducts)
Room 250: Cryogenics show (Chemistry) Start times 4:40pm, 5:40pm, 6:15pm (lasts 15 minutes)
Room 250: Glassware display and laser separation demonstration (Chemistry)

3rd Floor:
3rd Floor Hall West: (Library Special Collections)
3rd Floor Hall West: Strawberry DNA extraction (MSState Herbarium)
Room 316: Meteorologist for a Day: Fun with the Green Screen (Broadcast Meteorology)
Room 304: Sensory Room: Feeling overwhelmed? Visit the sensory room for a quiet space including ear plugs, eye covers, sensory toys, cushions, water, and more. (Museums and Galleries Committee)
3rd Floor Hall East: Nutrition: Power up your Plate
Room 350: Scanning Electron Microscope Demonstrations (I2AT) Start times 4:20, 5:30, 6:35 (lasts 20 minutes) plus continuous displays and activities

OUTSIDE: rain plan underlined at the end of each entry
Bug Blues Trailer: Paleo-Insects! (Entomological Museum) HEAVY RAIN moves to Hilbun 3rd Floor
Hilbun Front Yard: Trashcano! Watch an eruption of ping pong balls Start times 5:15, 6:00 (lasts 15 minutes) HEAVY RAIN cancels this demo
Hilbun Front Yard: Weather Balloon release - Start time 5:00pm (lasts 15 minutes) RAIN cancels this demo
Hilbun Front Yard: Astronomy and Star Gazing RAIN cancels this activity
Hilbun Breezeway: Cloud in a Bottle (Meteorology) RAIN moves to Hilbun 2nd Floor
Hilbun Breezeway: Museums and Galleries Information Table RAIN moves to Hilbun 1st Floor

COBB INSTITUTE: Front yard and Inside (all floors)
Lois Dowdle Cobb Museum of Archaeology will be OPEN! This is your last chance to see our exhibits for the foreseeable future, so please stop in to take advantage of the opportunity!
Anthropology activities
Archaeology demonstrations
BioArchaeology displays and activities
Book Sale

Museum displays

HARNED HALL ROOM 102: After-event Movies between 7pm and 10pm!
Treetender I and II: (lasts 25 minutes) Start Time 7pm (Department of Biological Sciences)
Jurassic World Dominion: (lasts 2hrs 30 min) Start time 7:30pm (Mississippi Entomological Museum)