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Amazon Voyage: Vicious Fishes and Other Riches

May 24 - August 10, 2014

Amazon Voyage: Vicious Fishes and Other Riches takes you to seven ports of call along the most biologically diverse river in the world, the Amazon. Here, visitors encounter amazing creatures including notorious piranhas, enormous anacondas, beautiful stingrays, and mysterious pink dolphins. Through hands-on activities, original multimedia presentations, computer interactives, story telling, live fish in uniquely designed tanks, original artifacts, dance, music, and live demonstrations, you will investigate the region’s incredible biodiversity, encounter field researchers making incredible new discoveries, and participate in a celebration of the Amazon River.

Design Zone

May 17 - August 10, 2014

What does it take to create a video game, line up rhythms like the best DJs, or design a roller coaster that produces the biggest thrills? Whether it is art, music, or engineering, it takes math and science to meet these design challenges. In Design Zone, you can go behind the scenes and see how video game developers, music producers, roller coaster designers and other creative problem solvers use math and science to do the amazing things they do.

NanoTechnology: What's the Big Deal?

January 25 - August

How do things react differently as they get smaller? See the unexpected properties of materials at the incredible, supertiny, nanoscale!

Tinkering Studio

New permanent exhibit now open!

The Tinkering Studio is an immersive, active, creative place where museum visitors can slow down, become deeply engaged in an open-ended experiment, and make something that represents their ideas. Tinkering is all about making discoveries and using those discoveries in creative ways.

There’s always something new going on in the Tinkering Studio. Here are just a few of the exciting things happening in the Tinkering Studio:

• Draw your own animation and watch it move with the zoetrope.

• Build a flying contraption out of egg cartons, pasteboard, cardboard tubes, or bits of plastic that will fly in the Wind Tubes.

• Create a roller coaster for a marble with supplies from the hardware store on our Marble Wall.

• Use recycled materials to construct a fun hand crank toy Automata.

Why Tinker? Many great inventors like Thomas Edison, Stephen Jobs and Art Fry, the inventor of the post-it note, as well as educators such John Dewey have noted the great value of open-ended exploration. Tinkering, focused activity with the right materials in the right environment, can lead to great new inventions, but more importantly builds self-confidence, critical thinking skills, and crucial attitudes that build people’s interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. It teaches students and families that they too can create new inventions, that they can dream new things, then actually build them, can ask bold questions and answer them through focused exploration. more

Keva Planks


This permanent exhibit is an open-ended building experience that fascinates everyone from pre-schoolers to master architects. Be prepared to spend the day and still want to come back for more.  more


Tinkering Innovations

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