Now Open: Energy Network

Energy Network is a new interactive exhibit designed to boost guests’ understanding of key STEM concepts related to energy. Hands-on activities explore energy sources, uses, and choices around energy use through dynamic and unique activities. Click to see the details on hours and admission here at the Museum.

Click on the Upper Level section below to learn more about this brand new exhibit, developed by Discovery Museum in partnership with Energize CT.


Dare to Discover
Spark new insights. Widen your world.

Exhibits at the Discovery Museum are designed for hands-on interaction and learning. Challenge yourself to complete engineering dares and double-dares in our brand new Dare to Discover exhibit, shoot hoops and test the aerodynamics of a paper airplane in Get Physical!, explore the wonders of outer space in our space galleries, test your climbing prowess in our Adventure Science exhibit, and more!

Click below to explore our current exhibits.

GetPhysicalHelicopterToggleGet Physical!
Kids can lift their parents with levers, themselves with pulleys, sink basketball shots off twisted backboards, test helicopters in a wind tunnel, and understand the speed of sound first-hand as they explore the laws of physics through this highly interactive exhibit.

Preschool Power
This soft, contained, safe space allows children aged 0-3 years old to roam free, exploring colorful, soft play structures and building their motor skills, balance, and coordination, while engaging their senses. A great place for imagination, make-believe, and exploration, and a perfect space parents and children to play together!

PreschoolTogglePreschool Power features eco-friendly, child-safe rubber flooring, and is the Museum’s only “no-shoes zone.” Cubbies and benches are provided outside this exhibit that was made possible through the generosity of The Norma F. Pfriem Foundation.

Energy Network 
Explore and understand energy, what it is, how it is produced, used, and transported through this new and highly-interactive exhibit developed in partnership with Energize CT. Museum guests will see the everyday relevance of energy-related innovation and problem-solving as they interact with the various activities in Energy Network.

Focus areas include:

  • Understanding Energy – Energy makes things happen. There are many forms of energy.
  • Harnessing Energy – The energy that powers our everyday lives comes from the earth, the sun, wind, and water – and even from the energy inside atoms.
  • Changing Energy – Energy can change from one form to another. Usually, some energy gets dissipated when it changes form, but efficient systems can redirect energy back into a useful form.
  • Using Energy – We can make choices about where to get energy and how to use it. Efficient design can help conserve energy.
  • The Garage – Guests can learn about energy by exploring, designing, building, and experimenting. We need creativity and innovation for our energy future.

Adventure Science
AdventureScienceToggleAll ages including young ones too small to climb in The Adventure Park at The Discovery Museum can practice their moves inside at Adventure Science. This popular exhibit brings the same climbing apparatus featured at The Adventure Park at The Discovery Museum inside to the Museum with a chance to climb, swing and zip.

Dare to Discover
At the heart of scientific inquiry is a thirst for understanding, a quest to answer questions about phenomena in the world around us. Dare to Discover is a brand new permanent exhibit that will debut in late 2015 at the Discovery Museum featuring ten elements designed to let young learners test their questions, goals, and expectations through prolonged interactions with inquiry-based activities including:

    • Design structures, then see how earthquake vibrations impact them
    • Explore a circuit workbench connecting parts to achieve a goal
    • Investigate why various kinds of objects roll with varying rates of speed and acceleration

What’s smaller than tiny? Nano! Nanoscale science is the study of things too small to see with the human eye, but discoveries about nano are making huge changes in the world around us. From new fabrics to the computer chips in cellphones, tiny science makes new things possible.

IMG_2317 Nano is a hands-on exhibit for all ages that gives you experiences with nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. Discover the basics of nanoscience, try out some real world applications, and explore the implications of this new technology.
Nano was created by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network with support from the National Science Foundation.

Science on a Sphere
See maps and data about our Earth and other planets come to life in Discovery Museum’s newest exhibit, Science On a Sphere® (SOS). SOS is a room-sized, global display system that uses computers and video projectors to display planetary data on a six foot diameter animated globe. This engaging new exhibit opened in early 2016 at Discovery Museum’s annual Space Day event, and is available to guests and groups with hundreds of data sets available for viewing.

SOS displays a color-enhanced image of the surface of Mercury.
SOS displays a color-enhanced image of the surface of Mercury.
Developed by researchers at NOAA as an educational tool that illustrates Earth System science, SOS transforms real-time data from our Earth and other planets into graphic representations with stunning detail and accuracy. SOS displays atmospheric storms, climate change, and ocean temperature and can illustrate complex environmental processes in a way that is both intuitive and captivating.

While primarily designed to increase public understanding of the environment, SOS is also an ideal tool for illustrating data about the planets in our solar system and beyond. Available data sets present photographic data gathered from spacecraft onto the sphere, offering students a new way to approach, understand, and bring faraway objects into greater focus, drawing comparisons between their environment and our own. Special shows daily.

Space Gallery
Space at your fingertips: touch a real meteorite that fell to Earth 50,000 years ago, see a 1/3 scale Apollo lander model, view artifacts from the Skylab missions as well as the latest from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.

Visit the Moon in Discovery's Apollo 11 SpacesuitMoonBase Discovery
Out-of-this-world imaginative play space. Young kids will love climbing in and around the MoonBase, driving the lunar rover around a video moon, using a remote manipulator claw, or playing bus driver on our big yellow school bus.

Apollo 11 Spacesuit
Take your picture on the moon in this full-size replica of the spacesuit that the Apollo Astronauts wore. This unique photo opportunity is presented courtesy of Hamilton Sundstrand. -Be sure to tag The Discovery Museum when you post pictures from your visit!