Get up close and personal with science when you get hands on in one of our labs or theater. From meeting a skink to learning about hurricanes, there are experiences around every corner to help you learn more about the world around you.
Check out these demonstrations as part of your Museum experience!
Get creative as you mix science and art in the Art Lab. The Museum provides the materials and suggested activities and you provide the imagination! Activities may change by time of year or other programming throughout the Museum.
Come face-to-face with reptiles and amphibians in Virginia ecosystems in Animal Lab. From scorpions to beetles to snakes, guests can see dozens of live animals and learn more about how the eat, sleep and live.
Stop by the Challenge Lab and try your hand at using everyday materials to solve different challenges. Construct a satellite and test your design in a vertical wind tunnel, build a bobsled and time how long it takes to travel down a track, design and construct your own ecofriendly creation, and more. Challenge Lab activities change regularly, so check the daily schedule for the lab scheduled during your visit.
The MiX is free and open to teens 13-18 years old. Teens can become a MiX member to participate in workshops, work on creative projects or just hang out until they get inspired. MiX members work with mentors to learn more about 3D design, robotics, electronics, computer science and more.
Eco Lab is big on all things ecology! From insect and butterfly specimens, to rocks and minerals, there’s plenty to see. There’s also interactive elements, such as the urban heat island temperature measurement station and the touch-screen water quiz. But the part that keeps guests buzzing is the observational honeybee hive. Guests get a front-row seat as bees actively collect pollen, make honey and even do the interesting waggle dance.
The Museum’s Science On a Sphere® is suspended in the Cottrell Theater in the back of Speed on the First Level. Here Museum Educators use data sets from NOAA to bring science to life. Learn the basics of weather and seasonal changes, uncover the difference between weather and climate, see where volcanoes are located, watch earthquakes happen in near real-time and more! Check the daily schedule for demonstrations occurring during your visit.
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