Destination Spotlight: Science Spectrum & OMNI Theater
Imagine a place that awakens your senses, fills your mind with creativity and is a perfect place to bring the entire family. You’re at the Science Spectrum & OMNI Theater! We love this local museum for its innovative way to bring fun and excitement to learning. I caught up with James Nesmith, administrative manager for the Science Spectrum, to get his take on why this is such a unique place.
1. What makes the Science Spectrum a unique place to visit?
At the Science Spectrum our slogan is “Gone Exploring Lately?”, because whether you’re 5 or 95, great discoveries await you at the Science Spectrum and OMNI Theater! With well over 250 hands-on interactive science exhibits, the daily live science demonstrations, Lubbock’s only public aquarium, the Children’s Museum (for ages 5 and under)
or the breath-taking giant screen OMNI Theater, it’s the perfect place for the explorer in all of us!
2. What are the biggest events held each year?
The Science Spectrum’s largest annual event is CritterFest, which is held every year in late June. We literally say that the Science Spectrum turns into a zoo for four days, as hundreds of animals, from dogs and cats to camels and elephants, as well as tigers, lions, alligators and crocodiles, take over the museum.
Our other largest events are BubbleFest, usually held in September or early October and the Spooky Science Carnival. At BubbleFest you’ll be able to experiment, play with and learn all about the science of bubbles while having tons of good, “clean” fun. The Spooky Science Carnival is our annual Halloween carnival, with a science twist.
3. What is your favorite event?
While it’s a lot of work for our staff and our great volunteers, CritterFest would have to be my favorite. How often do you get to be just feet away from a lion or ride an elephant?
4. Does the Science Spectrum host traveling exhibits or its own exhibits?
Both actually. The Science Spectrum has more than 250 permanent exhibits, with gallery areas from Sports and Human Biology to Physics and Space & Flight, as well as the Brazos River Journey Aquarium and the Lubbock Children’s Museum, there’s a topic to fit anyone’s interests.
We do also host one to two traveling exhibitions a year. Our largest traveling exhibits normally come in for the spring and early summer seasons. In the past, we have hosted various exhibits from ancient Egyptian and real Titanic artifacts to dinosaurs and other pre-historic creatures, as well as live venomous snake collections and even recently, a live butterfly garden.
5. Tell us about the experience a visitor will have at the OMNI Theater.
Someone that has never been to the OMNI Theater hasn’t experienced film to its fullest! The OMNI Theater is a 170-seat, sloped-stadium-style auditorium that features a rolling loop 70mm film projector and an 18,000 watt full surround sound DTS digital sound system. The coolest part is the giant five story tall domed OMNI screen that wraps 160 degrees around you, giving a full panoramic view. This makes it the perfect place to take in the nature, science and history documentary format films that we show.
6. In general, what can kids (and adults) take away from a visit to the Science Spectrum & OMNI Theater?
We’re kind of sneaky… we hope you have “fun,” but we try to slip in some science while you’re not looking!
Science Spectrum Fast Facts:
Location: 2579 S. Loop 289
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.,
Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.