Boston Marathon Week at the Museum of Science

Contact Info:
Marc Davis (Communications Manager)
Boston Athletic Association
185 Dartmouth Street, 6th Floor
Boston MA 02116
phone: 617-778-1633
fax: 617-236-4505
05 APR 2012
Explore the science behind long-distance endurance

DinosaurSaturday, April 07, 2012 | 9:00 a.m.
Sunday, April 15, 2012 | 9:00 a.m.

Experience the excitement of the Boston Marathon® throughout the week leading up to the main event. Starting with a Museum-wide kickoff event on Saturday, April 7, explore the science behind long-distance endurance with interpretations throughout the Museum, hands-on activities, and special guest presentations. Learn how the human body copes with the intense pressures of training for and running a marathon.

Stop by a special display showcasing the changing history of marathon clothing and equipment, and explore how technology and engineering have shaped the evolution of runners' apparel. Join us for our finale on Sunday, April 15 and on Marathon Monday (April 16), check out our live race feed and see if you can spot the Museum's marathon runners!


As a special offer for B.A.A. runners, enter e-coupon code BAA2012 during checkout from the online store to receive $5 off one Exhibit Halls ticket.

Tickets may be purchased through 4/17 and redeemed between 4/12-4/17. One discount per order. Valid for online orders only. Not valid for phone or box office orders. May not be combined with any other offers. Not valid for Omni, Planetarium, or other separately ticketed venues.

To learn more about Boston Marathon Week, the Museum of Science team  and their effort to raise funds for the Museum's Traveling Programs, visit

B.A.A. Moment 8

1996 - Centennial Boston Marathon

The historic centennial Boston Marathon in 1996 was monumental for many reasons. It was the not only the first time that the ChampionChip timing and scoring device was used in a major US Marathon, but it was the largest running event ever held at the time. 

The starting field of 38,708 stood for more than seven years as the largest in the history of the sport. Included among the finishers were 16 Boston champions.