Science Discovery Lab Activities

Pull up a stool at the Discovery Lab for some great scientific investigations.

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.

Leafcutter Ants

Leafcutter Ants Find out how leafcutter ants grow their own food. Learn More

Color Mixing

Color Mixing Learn how to mix up colors! Learn More

Straw Rockets

Straw Rockets

Participants will make their own indoor paper rocket and then see how far it can fly. 

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Creeping Colors

Creeping Colors

See what happens as capillary action causes water to creep up a paper strip. Discover the hidden colors inside an everyday marker.

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Hoopster Gliders

Hoopster Gliders Learn to build a glider that soars through the air! Learn More

Turtle Discovery

Turtle Discovery

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. 

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Microscopic Investigations

Microscopic Investigations

We'll use hand lenses and microscopes to magnify different items. Discover a new world that can't be seen with the naked eye. 

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Sound Science

Sounds are all around us. We will experiment with how sounds are created and how sound waves travel through different materials.

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Mirror, Mirror

Mirror, Mirror Use mirrors to investigate reflection and symmetry. Learn More

Batteries & Motors

Batteries & Motors

We'll explore electricity and basic circuits as we get motors to spin and bulbs to light.

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Fossils: Evidence of the Past

Fossils: Evidence of the Past

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. 

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Exploring Magnets

Exploring Magnets

Discover some cool things about magnets and their properties as we conduct some experiments using lots of different materials.

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Fingerprints

Fingerprints

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. 

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Optical Illusions

We'll play tricks on our brains and eyes while discovering that things are not always as they appear.

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Skulls

Skulls

Learn about New England Wildlife as we examine their skeletal remains.

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Lab Coat Investigations

Lab Coat Investigations An activity for adults and children 9 years of age and older. Learn More