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Small Discoveries

Discover the magical world of microbes!

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Human Plus

The exhibition shows how we all can use our ingenuity to build body replacements, develop brain-machine interfaces, and engineer unique assistive tools that push human potential beyond limits.

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The Happiness Experiment

Did you know you have control over your own happiness? Explore the factors that drive your emotions in this interactive experience.


Connected Worlds

A large scale interactive ecosystem that lets you create a world collaboratively with other visitors.

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Design Lab

Design Lab taps into people’s natural tendency to be inventive and resourceful in finding solutions to basic engineering and design challenges.


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Powering the City

The exhibit, supported by National Grid and Con Edison, invites visitors, through a series of engaging and entertaining hands-on experiences, to discover how energy transforms and works to power our lives.

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Human Plus

Using real-life stories, this exhibition explores the ways in which different kinds of technologies can be used to supplement and enhance human abilities.

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Design Lab

Being a scientist isn’t just about what you know; it’s about what you know how to do. When you visit Design Lab, you’ll encounter design challenges, lots of raw materials, and opportunities to engineer solutions to real-world problems. Challenges in Design Lab invite you to take risks, share your ideas, and get new perspectives on engineering and design.

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. The Verizon Foundation provided seed funding for Design Lab that supported the participation of teachers to contribute to and inform the exhibition.

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Connected Worlds

Presented in the iconic Great Hall, Connected Worlds immerses museum visitors in a fantastically animated world. In this exhibit about sustainability, your actions – gestures, movements and decisions – impact how well the world is kept in balance.


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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Small Discoveries

This exhibit invites visitors into the amazing world of microorganisms, making the invisible visible and enabling everyone to understand their impact on our health and the environment.


The Happiness Experiment

There is no better time than now to explore how happiness isn’t just one feeling; it is personal, unique, and can be experienced at different durations and intensities. In The Happiness Experiment, you’ll learn about the culture and science behind how and why we experience happiness. But most importantly, you’ll have fun exploring, experimenting and accepting that life doesn’t have to be perfect to find and make your own happiness! You’ll walk away with a smile and a pocketful of habits that you can apply in your own way, to inject more happiness into your life.

NYSCI Exhibits Preschool Place

Preschool Place

Preschool Place is the ideal space to explore, discover and build! Here our youngest visitors can experience multi-sensory activities in a safe, protected area. For children 6 and under. Free with NYSCI admission.

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Maker Space

In our workshops, we use real tools to make real things and re-use everyday materials in exciting ways. From woodworking and plaster casting to electronics and 3D printing, we encourage experimentation, open-ended exploration, and believe that making mistakes is a great way to learn.

NYSCI Exhibits Rocket Park

Rocket Park

These vehicles were state-of-the-art space exploring machines at the time of the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, which was held on the site of NYSCI. Back then, the space age was less than ten years old, Neil Armstrong had not yet set foot on the Moon, and the Space Shuttle was barely a dream, but these machines powered incredible missions to explore outer space and send a human to the Moon.


  • Gemini-Titan II

  • Man on the Moon Timeline: 1960 – 1972

  • Mercury-Atlas D Rocket

  • Mercury-Atlas D “Friendship 7” Replica Capsule

  • Mercury Capsule

  • Rocket History Timeline

  • Saturn V F-1 Engine

NYSCI Exhibits Mathematica


Mathematica displays the range of mathematics and uses a time-tested collection of exhibits to share the excitement that mathematicians find in pursuing their science. Through a combination of hands-on activities and dynamic models, visitors are invited to explore how math has impacted so many facets of our contemporary world, from the devices we carry in our hands to the changes in social sciences, art, music, and architecture.

NYSCI Exhibits Wild Minds

Wild Minds

Through videos, games, and displays, discover the similarities between human and animal cognition. Wild Minds: What Animals Really Think is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation. Wild Minds is a project led by the New York Hall of Science in partnership with the Staten Island Zoo, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, the Oregon Zoo, the California Science Center, Santa Barbara Zoo, Science Central, Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, COSI (Center of Science and Industry), and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

NYSCI Exhibits Charlie Kiwi

Charlie & Kiwi’s Evolutionary Adventure

Seen through the eyes of Charlie, a young boy who is writing a report about his favorite bird—the kiwi, Charlie and Kiwi’s Evolutionary Adventure offers an engaging story, exhibits, and activities that introduce visitors to the basics of evolution. Charlie and Kiwi’s Evolutionary Adventure was created with support from the National Science Foundation (DRL- 0540152) to the New York Hall of Science.

Finding the Window Exhibit

Finding The Window

In collaboration with UrbanGlass, NYSCI commissioned the glass installation “Finding the Window” by artist Romina Gonzales, for the museum’s double height entry space, to help reopen its doors and welcome back its visitors during Summer 2021.

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Festival Color Dance Series

Dorothy Gillespie: Immersed in Color on Aluminum

Now on view: an installation of work by Dorothy Gillespie ((1920-2012), who was a pioneering abstract painter, sculptor, and installation artist. Visit us to view her radiating geometric shapes.

Presented by the Rockefeller State Park Preserve Art Gallery, curated by Audrey Leeds. Loan of works from the Dorothy M. Gillespie Foundation.

Pictured Here: Festival: Color Dance Series.

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Hidden Beauty: Exploring the Aesthetics of Medical Science

February 11 – August 31, 2023

View amazing scientific and medical images captured with X-rays, CT and PET scans. The human body images range from normal anatomy to diseases that affect the body (e.g. gallstones, osteoporosis and heart disease).

Hidden Beauty: Exploring the Aesthetics of Medical Science is a Collaborative Exhibition & Book by Norman Barker & Christine Iacobuzio-Donahue.

NYSCI Exhibits COVID 19

The Science Behind the News: Covid-19

When a novel viral outbreak occurs, the lack of information can be confusing and concerning. We often ask questions, such as “What’s different about this disease?” and “How can I protect myself?” Scientists have to work quickly to figure out the answers, but having some knowledge about viruses and vaccines can help to make the unknowns less daunting.

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Science Playground (Temporarily Closed)

Through dozens of playground elements like slides, seesaws, sand pits, and fog machines, visitors of all ages and abilities can explore the scientific principles of motion, balance, sound, sight and simple machines, as well as sun, wind, and water.

Open, weather permitting:

Monday – Friday, 9:30 am – 5 pm; Weekends, 10 am – 6 pm

Monday – Friday, 9:30 am – 4 pm; Weekends, 10 am – 4 pm

$5 per person, plus general NYSCI admission.