Molecules and Health

Become a molecular detective! Discover how molecules shape our bodies, our medicines and our world.
Molecules come in different shapes and sizes. Their shapes tell us a lot about what they do and how they interact with each other. You can’t see molecules, but they’re everywhere. These microscopic building blocks make up everything around you—your body, the air you breathe, and even this exhibit.

Molecules & Health: The Shape of Science was developed by the New York Hall of Science and funded by the National Institutes of Health Science Education Partnership Award.

Exhibition Components:

  • 9 Interactive Components
  • Graphic Panels

Molecules Shape Our World:

  • How many molecules make up your body?
  • How small is a molecule?
  • Build a molecule

Molecules Shape Our Bodies:

  • Body building (nails, muscles, oxygen, healing, scent, defense)
  • Mirror molecules
  • Molecule tools (ferritin, chaperonin, pepsin, nucleosomes, collagen)

Molecules Shape:

  • Molecule shapes
  • Designer medicines (germ busters, allergy attack, pus protection, disease memories, safety from snakebites)
  • Testing for HIV


  • 6 – 12 year olds and families


  • 1,000 square feet
  • Seven foot ceiling height
  • One exhibit requires electric power

Length of Venue/Availability:

  • 3 months
  • Bookings available from Summer 2010 – Summer 2013


  • Rental Expense: $5,000 / 3 months
  • Inbound shopping estimate: $2,000 to $4,000 (one van – blanket wrapped)


  • Exhibit installation and maintenance manual
  • Requires 2 days for setup

Additional Support:

  • Educational workshops and activities
  • PR/Marketing materials include sample press release and images
  • Merchandise suggestions 


For information on renting the exhibition contact:
Marcia Rudy, Consultant
Special Exhibitions and Programs
New York Hall of Science
47-01 111th Street
Queens, New York 11368
Tel: 718-699-0005, ext. 312