Experience the wonder and excitement of science! Whatever your age, all you have to bring is a sense of curiosity about the world around you as you get ready to experiment, build, observe, and discover. From the challenge of the two-story grapevine climber to the enthralling Water Works, WonderLab has over 50 hands-on science exhibits inside and outside in the garden that will capture your imagination and make learning fun!
Exhibits reinforce educational concepts and skills set forth by Indiana Academic Standards and also incorporate principles of universal design. Note that some exhibits featured on the website occasionally are moved to different places in the museum or into temporary storage to make room for new experiences.
New in the Galleries
THE SCIENCE OF BUILDING
June 4 - September 29
Design, build, test and engineer all kinds of structures! The special exhibition's three-dimensional building experiences include the Skyline Toolbox, developed and designed by Chicago Children’s Museum, where children can use wooden struts and braces, fabric curtain walls and real construction tools to build imaginative, original structures big enough for them to walk inside! Other components include the Earthquake Shake Table, the Multilevel Building Zone, the Bridge the River Cantilever Challenge, unique materials construction stations, and more. There also is a special place for toddlers and preschoolers to build with age-appropriate materials. See the events calendar for related programming and look for related merchandise featured in the gift store throughout the exhibition period. (WonderLab will be closed September 10-17 for annual maintenance.)
& the loyal WonderLab donors who generously donated to the 2012 Matching Campaign