Permanent Exhibits at the Discovery Museum

Upper Level

Discovery Museum Energy Exhibit

This visually exciting, interactive exhibit uses dioramas and videos to show where we get our electricity and how we can use it wisely.

This exhibit, sponsored through the Energize Connecticut initiative by Eversource, and The United Illuminating Company, is a permanent addition to the museum’s upper-level galleries. With support from Energize Connecticut, The Discovery Museum is in the process of updating this exhibit with new, immersive and experiential components.  The new exhibit is tentatively scheduled to be completed in early 2016.

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Get Physical!
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This fun, interactive exhibit features hands-on lessons in the laws of physics. Experience how pulleys and levers facilitate heavy lifting, the science of rebound, the ideal aerodynamic structure for a paper airplane, how a catenary arch can assume its own weight, and much more.
Preschool Power

Preschool Power is a hands-on exhibit designed to engage, excite and educate children ages 0-3 years old. The exhibit features colorful, soft play structures carefully designed to teach age-appropriate motor skills such as balance and coordination, and engage the senses of sight, hearing and touch. The play structures encourage imagination, make-believe, and exploration. While parents and children play, they naturally experience colors and shapes and observe the physics of gravity. They also practice spatial perception, noticing what is bigger, what fits where, and which shapes roll better.

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Separated by a partition from the rest of the exhibits, Preschool Power provides an environment where children three and under, and their parents, can explore and play in a space all their own. The exhibit space is enhanced with eco-friendly, child-safe rubber flooring. The environment is made safer by being a no-shoes zone, with cubbies and benches provided outside the exhibit.

Preschool Power was made possible by a grant from The Norma F. Pfriem Foundation.
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Discover Nano

Imagine you shrunk in the wash by about 1500 million times! If you stepped into your living room, what you'd see around you would not be chairs, tables, computers, and your family but atoms, molecules, proteins, and cells. Shrunk down to the "nanoscale," you'd not only see the atoms that everything is made from—you'd actually be able to move them around! See the tiniest particles things are made from, and listen, look, and touch to discover nano all around you.
This interactive, bi-lingual exhibit engages family audiences in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology.
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Mezzanine Art Gallery

This gallery showcases the work of local artists with several new exhibits per year. Showcasing some of the best local talent, artwork is selected to inspire children’s creativity and empower them to view and assess their surroundings
Main Level

Visiting Exhibits

Lower Level
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Space Galleries

Touch a real meteorite that fell to Earth about 50,000 years ago, drive a remote controlled rover across a simulated Martian landscape, test your knowledge of space exploration with video quizzes, see the latest from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope in HDTV on our ViewSpace monitor, and send steel balls spiraling into our gravity well.
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Apollo 11 Spacesuit Photo Opportunity

Take your picture in the helmet of this full size replica of the spacesuit that the Apollo Astronauts wore. A recent addition, courtesy of Hamilton Sundstrand. 
An accompanying kiosk shows 
“The Evolution of the Spacesuit”.
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MoonBase Discovery

Climb in and around our Moonbase, sit in our lunar rover and drive it around a video moon, play at growing food in the hydroponic garden, sort soil samples, use a remote manipulator claw, or play videogames for preschool through the early grades.