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Love Struck: Romance in the Natural World

Thursday, February 14, 2019 | 5:30 – 8:00pm
Must be age 21+ to attend

**Special Edition – This exclusive event gives you an opportunity to see the brand new floor of exhibits – Cherish Nebraska – before it opens to the public!

Stories of lust, love and Lyra -- an animal kingdom and astronomical guide to relationship advice ... at least for one night!

The perfect Valentine’s Day evening begins at Morrill Hall. General Admission ticket holders will enjoy a glass of champagne, a complimentary Baker’s Chocolates and other delicious hors d’oeuvres while exploring various topics through activity stations in the all new exhibit floor of Morrill Hall.

Guests can add-on our popular planetarium show Love Stories in the Sky: Constellation’s Guide to Romance (additional fee). Zach Thompson, Mueller Planetarium Coordinator, will uncover ancient love stories behind the star patterns during the 6:30pm show.

Each ticket includes a complimentary glass of champagne, Baker’s Chocolates, hors d’oeuvres, exclusive access to the all new 4th floor exhibits and love-themed activity stations.


General Admission SOLD OUT | We are not keeping a wait list for this event.

General Admission + Love Stories in the Sky Planetarium Show SOLD OUT

Each ticket includes complimentary glass of champagne, Baker’s Chocolates, hors d’oeuvres, access to the all new 4th floor and activity stations.

Museum Member Individual: $30.00
Museum Member Couple: $48.00
Non-Member Individual: $36.00
Non-Member Couple $54.00
Planetarium Show + $4.00 per person PLANETARIUM ADD-ON SOLD OUT

Ticket sales end at 10:00am on February 14.

Activity Stations Include:
  • I Have a Scents About You
    Test your ability to detect common scents, pleasant and not, and learn about why some smells attract us and others repel!
  • Engineering Human Heart Health
    Learn how scientists are working to save lives using engineering technologies known as tissue mechanics.
  • Pillow Talk with the Center for Biological Diversity
    Protect wildlife and the environment in a unique way: with condoms! Explore the effects of human population and your carbon footprint on biodiversity.
  • Meet your Match
    Learn about wildlife mating behaviors, monogamous pairs, and opportunistic lotharios.
  • Lovebird Duets
    Tune up your whistle and practice tweeting at your favorite mate with birdsong karaoke.
  • An Angry Goddess: Venus
    Things are sure to heat up when you check out the surface of Venus on the museum's new five-foot digital projection globe. Named for the Roman goddess of love come test your knowledge about Earth's closest planetary neighbor.
  • Iron Brush Tattoos
    Solidify your love with a (temporary) tattoo created by artists at Iron Brush Tattoo. Choose from three natural history designs created exclusively for the Museum!

Presenting Partners:
  • Martha Morton, Research Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Linxia Gu, Associate Professor, Mechanical and Materials Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Jamie Kelley, Lincoln Parks and Recreation
  • Jason "the Birdnerd" St. Sauver, Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center
  • Ironbrush Tattoo