Boston's Unseen World of Science!



  • Wednesday, January 15 – Sunday, June 8
  • Offering Format: Public Event
  • Recommended for grades 7 – 12 and adults
  • Boston Tour
  • $10 per tour


Boston is a hub of scientific and technological innovation, featuring a unique and impressive density of universities, research labs, hospitals, and natural space. While people from around the world often gather in the city to share recent discoveries, and many Boston-based organizations are pioneers in the fields of biotechnology, synthetic biology, urban farming, and progressive medicine, there remains a separation between where these new technologies are born and Bostonians themselves.

Boston's Unseen World of Science is a tour series for Boston-area citizens interested in the incredible science happening all around us: from Charlestown to Kendall Square, to Roxbury and beyond. Join us monthly for a special glimpse into an innovative facility through the lens of the scientists and professionals who work and gather there. Come see and discuss the science in your neighborhood!

Upcoming Tours

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Nuclear Research Reactor

Thursday, May 8, 2014 | 6:007:30 pm

Tour the only research reactor located on a major university campus. Learn about the design and function of the reactor, as well as its role as a research tool in nuclear science and engineering, nuclear medicine, and nuclear energy. Then participate in a conversation about the future of nuclear power.

Gingko Bioworks Synthetic Biology Laboratory

Sunday, June 8, 2014 | 2:003:30 pm

Explore synthetic biology, the emerging field of biological engineering! Founded in 2008 by five PhDs from MIT, Gingko Bioworks engineers novel organisms that present entirely new possibilities in fields such as energy, medicine, and materials science. Tour the laboratory and see the tools that are making this revolutionary science a reality before participating in a conversation about the societal implications of this fascinating and controversial field.