Science Discovery Lab Activities
The Lab is located on the second floor and all activities and investigations are led by Museum staff and volunteer Explainers. Free with Museum admission.
Each investigation is between 15 and 30 minutes and provides children and families opportunities to explore science while having fun and working directly with Museum staff and volunteers.
Three different levels of activities allow Museum staff to design age-appropriate programs.
- Young Scientist Activity—for preschoolers’ and their families.
- Family Science Program—designed for visitors of all ages. Activities encourage family involvement and interaction.
- Lab Coat Investigation—for ages 9 and above. Activities are more sophisticated, often using specialized tools and equipment such as compound microscopes. (Lab Coat Investigations are not appropriate for our younger audience.) Lab Coat Investigations are sponsored by Hypertherm.
Participants will make their own indoor paper rocket and then see how far it can fly.Learn More
See what happens as capillary action causes water to creep up a paper strip. Discover the hidden colors inside an everyday marker.Learn More
Learn about turtles native to the Upper Valley. We'll feed them, learn about their habitat, and then take an up-close look at them in the Museum's aquariums.Learn More
We'll use hand lenses and microscopes to magnify different items. Discover a new world that can't be seen with the naked eye.Learn More
Sounds are all around us. We will experiment with how sounds are created and how sound waves travel through different materials.Learn More
We'll explore electricity and basic circuits as we get motors to spin and bulbs to light.Learn More
You will get a chance to handle real fossils from the Museum's collection and then use a variety of clues to uncover their origins.Learn More
Discover some cool things about magnets and their properties as we conduct some experiments using lots of different materials.Learn More
Your fingerprints are completely unique to you, but have your ever looked at them closely? We'll take a look at the different characteristics and variations in our fingerprints.Learn More
We'll play tricks on our brains and eyes while discovering that things are not always as they appear.Learn More
Learn about New England Wildlife as we examine their skeletal remains.Learn More