About WonderLab

The WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology is an award-winning science museum located on the B-Line Trail in the heart of the Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District. WonderLab was incorporated as a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization in 1995 and a core group of volunteers began to offer hands-on science outreach services at community events. In 1998, WonderLab opened in its first physical location, a small space in the historic Wicks Building on the north side of the Bloomington courthouse square. The present two-story facility and garden opened to the public on March 29, 2003, and since then more than one million visitors have been served.


WonderLab provides opportunities to experience the wonder and excitement of science through interactive exhibits and programs that stimulate curiosity, encourage exploration, connect to the arts and everyday life, and foster lifelong learning.


WonderLab strives to build curious and creative problem solvers, inspired by the wonder of science, who will shape a brighter future for themselves and our world.

A child stares mesmerized at a science exhibition in WonderLab Museum in Bloomington
A crouching caregiver holds a piece of a nature exhibit and is talking to a small child at Wonderlab in Bloomington, IN

Educational Philosophy

WonderLab is uniquely positioned to work with learners across the age spectrum bringing to life the WonderLab seven part educational philosophy:

  • Science teaching should expose learners to accurate facts, actual tools, and Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM).

  • Concepts and skills are developed through meaningful play and hands-on exploration.

  • Each learner is unique with individual learning styles, preferences, and paces.

  • Learning is a collaborative endeavor impacted and enhanced by parents, caregivers, and peers.

  • Learning happens best in stimulating, inviting, and supportive environments.

  • Learning is an ageless process fueled by questions and experiments where risk and failure are key.

  • Science teaching should strengthen science identities in all learners.

Memberships & Partnerships

The Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) is a nonprofit organization of science centers and museums dedicated to furthering public engagement with science among increasingly diverse audiences.

The Bloomington Entertainment & Arts District (BEAD) is a downtown cultural district with ten distinct character areas. The BEAD website includes a cultural events calendar.

The Alliance of Bloomington Museums (ABM) promotes the diverse range of cultural and educational resources that member museums offer to visitors.

Downtown Bloomington Inc. (DBI) is a nonprofit membership organization focused on the continued revitalization of Downtown Bloomington, Indiana.

Visit Bloomington is the destination marketing organization for Bloomington and Monroe County, Indiana, positively impacting the local economy and culture through tourism development.

The City of Bloomington Volunteer Network is your one-stop source for volunteer information in Bloomington and Monroe County.

Statement of Solidarity – Black Lives Matter

Sent to WonderLab Members June 4, 2020
Dear WonderLab Community Members, It is impossible not to feel the pain of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis or the death of Dreasjon “Sean” Reed, McHale Rose and Chris Beaty from our Indianapolis hometown in recent days. We mourn these individuals and others …….. Read the full statement.