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 made possible with support from the Hypertherm HOPE Foundation.

Color Mixing

Color Mixing Learn how to mix up colors! Learn More

Straw Rockets

Straw Rockets You've heard of paper airplanes, but how about paper rockets? Learn More

Hoopster Gliders

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

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! Learn More

Mirror, Mirror

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

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

Lab Coat Investigations

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