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Building Imagination, Brick by Brick

Building Imagination: Brick by Brick is a bi-lingual, 4,500 square-foot exhibition that has five, fun focus areas: Imaginative Play, Underwater, Transportation/ Neighborhood, Cloud City, and a Garden/Underground area.

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The Big Bubble Experiment

The Big Bubble Experiment encourages experimentation and discovery through joyful bubble play. Visitors can activate the science behind bubbles through blowing, stretching, popping, and looking closely. The exhibition includes ten exhibits, offering a variety of tools and methods for exploring bubble solution. Prompts can help you get started, but all experiences are open-ended. They invite you to use your bubble insights, ask questions, work with others, try out new ideas, and follow your own playful, sudsy path.

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Powering the City

Powering the City invites visitors to discover how energy is generated and distributed to power our lives. Through a series of interactive experiences, visitors will learn about the city’s power grid and the ways we all contribute to and use it, while also exploring principles of energy conservation and energy transformation. At NYSCI, visitors can connect the science you learn in school with the experiences in your everyday life.

Powering the City is made possible with generous support from National Grid and Con Edison.

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Human Plus

Human Plus invites visitors to discover how all kinds of people use innovative technologies and engineering practices to help themselves and others achieve their goals, from everyday routines to lifelong dreams. Visitors will explore how different kinds of technologies can be used to supplement and enhance human abilities and overcome physical obstacles. NYSCI is a place where people of all abilities can succeed in pursuing their curiosity.

Human Plus is made possible with support from the National Science Foundation.

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Small Discoveries

Small Discoveries invites visitors into the amazing world of microorganisms. Visitors will gain experience using multiple magnification instruments to study microbes, including large lens microscopes, magnifying glasses, projections, and life-size models you can touch. At NYSCI, we strive to make the invisible parts of science visible and accessible, enabling everyone to understand the impact of even the smallest things on our health and the environment.

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Connected Worlds

Connected Worlds immerses visitors in a fantastically animated world that explores how ecological systems relate and depend on one another to maintain balance and health. Visitors use their own actions, gestures, movements, and decisions to guide the flow of resources in this ever-changing environment. Visitors at NYSCI get to practice using the tools,skills and big ideas that will help shape the future of our world.

Connected Worlds is made possible with generous support from The JPB Foundation, the National Science Foundation, Google Inc., and The Nasdaq Educational Foundation, Inc. as well collaborations with Design I/O, Columbia University’s Center for International Earth Science Information Network, Yale University’s Cognitive Science Department, New York University’s Games for Learning Institute, game designer, programmer and conceptual artist Zach Gage, and Big Show Construction Management.

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Design Lab

Design Lab invites visitors to take risks, share ideas, and get new perspectives on engineering and design. Visitors will encounter design challenges, lots of raw materials, and opportunities to engineer solutions to real-world problems. Being a scientist or an engineer isn’t just about what you know; it’s about what you know how to do. NYSCI empowers visitors to challenge themselves and discover divergent solutions to the world's problems.

Design Lab is made possible with generous support from Phyllis and Ivan Seidenberg, the Verizon Foundation, the Golden Family Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, and the Xerox Foundation.

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Science Playground

NYSCI’s Science Playground offers visitors of all ages and abilities an opportunity to explore the scientific principles of motion, balance, sound, sight and simple machines, as well as sun, wind, and water. Visitors will discover dozens of playground elements like slides, seesaws, sand pits, and fog machines. NYSCI’s outdoor experiences provide delightful active engagement as learners play, explore, and investigate science at work.

NYSCI Exhibits Preschool Place

Preschool Place

Preschool Place is the ideal space for young learners and their grown ups to explore, discover and build! Here our youngest visitors can experience multi-sensory activities in a safe, protected area. NYSCI is the perfect place to bring the whole family, and a great place for young families to start discovering the excitement of intergenerational science learning.

For children 6 and under, with their grownups.

NYSCI Exhibits Rocket Park

Rocket Park

Rocket Park invites visitors to explore real NASA artifacts including a Gemini-Titan II Rocket, a Mercury-Atlas D Rocket, and a Saturn V F-1 Engine. These artifacts date back to the 1964-65 World’s Fair, when these were state of the art vehicles for space exploration. The space age was less than ten years old when rockets like these powered incredible missions to outer space. Visitors will learn about the history of these vehicles as well as the United States’ mission to reach the moon. At NYSCI, visitors are inspired to break boundaries and reach for ambitious goals.

NYSCI Exhibits Mathematica


Mathematica invites visitors to discover the range of ways that mathematical ideas can be expressed. It presents a time-tested collection of exhibits designed by the legendary designers Charles and Ray Eames, to share the excitement that mathematicians find in pursuing the hidden patterns that mathematics describes. Visitors will engage with a combination of hands-on activities and dynamic models to explore how mathematics has shaped so many facets of our contemporary world, from the devices we carry in our hands to changes in social sciences, art, music, and architecture. NYSCI offers visitors a chance to explore the interconnected nature of math and science and how they work together to lead us toward new discoveries.

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Maker Space

NYSCI’s Maker Space invites visitors to learn about real tools and re-imagine everyday materials in exciting ways. Visitors will have the opportunity to try different rotating activities on any given day such as woodworking, plaster casting, building electronics, soldering, and 3D printing. At NYSCI, we encourage experimentation, open-ended exploration, and believe that making mistakes is a great way to learn.

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Imaging Women in the Space Age

On view through May 27, 2024.

Imaging Women in the Space Age showcases the achievements of America’s pioneering female astronauts and highlights the fascination with space women in movies, television, advertising, and fashion design. From the earliest moon goddesses to today’s galactic fashions, visions of females in space have sparked the creative imagination.

This exhibition is curated by Dr. Julie Wosk, author of Artificial Women, My Fair Ladies, and Women and the Machine: Representations From the Spinning Wheel to the Electronic Age.

Image: Dr. Jessica Meir (left) and Christina Koch ready for the first all-female spacewalk, 2019.

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Maximum Microbial: Biomorphic Paintings Works by Steve Simpson

Opening: May 24, 2024

Imaginative, abstract, playful works that explore colors, textures, shapes and forms of biological, cellular and molecular structures and lifeforms.