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Nauticus to Celebrate Afrofuturism During Black History Month


Afrofuturism, Nauticus

Words and Images Courtesy of Nauticus


Reduced admission February 25-27 thanks to presenting sponsor, Bank of America

Norfolk, Va. (February 16, 2022) — Nauticus’ Black History Month celebration focuses on the cultural ideology Afrofuturism. Taking place from February 25-27, reimagine the past and future of Black history through the use of science fiction, technology, and art. A variety of Afrofuturistic STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) based activities, crafts, and programs will be presented inside Nauticus and on the Battleship Wisconsin.

Afrofuturism, Nauticus

Afrofuturism is a cultural movement that has been around since the 1960s and exemplified in movies such as Black Panther, science fiction novels authored by Octavia Butler, and SunRa’s music and aesthetic.

Throughout the weekend, visitors will be able to become a superhero in their own comic book, build a spaceship, watch and experience cool science experiments, and discover Afrofuturistic literature from the Slover Library. Guests can dress up as their favorite superhero or create their own! Plus, visitors can enter in the Comic Book Competition where the winner’s creation will be made into a book!

Courtesy of presenting sponsor, Bank of America, guests will enjoy reduced, $7.57 general admission from February 25-27, 2022.

In addition to ongoing activities, guests can:

  • February 26 at 12 p.m.: Ph.D. candidate Shelita Hall’s Sparkly Volcano demonstration.

  • February 26 at 2 p.m.: Enjoy a free showing of Black Panther in our Auditorium.

  • February 25-27: Enter in a raffle Local Heroes to win a comic book bundle!

  • February 27: Compete in STEAM-themed board games.

  • Now-April 2: Explore The Creative Mind, a traveling exhibit that celebrates the contributions of African Americans to medicine, mathematics, engineering, and all branches of science.

Plan Your Visit Nauticus is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays – Saturdays and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Paid admission includes access to the Nauticus museum, special programming, and the Battleship Wisconsin. As always, Nauticus members are free. Tickets and additional details are available online here.


About Nauticus Afrofuturism and additional exhibits are supported by the Nauticus Foundation. The Nauticus Foundation is the nonprofit, 501©3 that supports the mission and activities of Nauticus. Nauticus’ mission is to benefit the community through education, impactful experiences, and sharing access to maritime resources. For more information, visit www.nauticus.org.

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