Explore over 20,000 square feet of hands-on, interactive learning opportunities from both national and international touring exhibits and select permanent exhibits from the DHDC collection. Exhibits change every fall, spring and summer, providing students something new to discover during every visit!
- DHDC Partner Districts: FREE!
- Non-Partner Districts: $2.25 per student.
Fee applies for any amount of time in exhibit halls.
- A minimum of 45 minutes is recommended to explore exhibits. Most groups find 90 minutes is just about perfect!
- Exhibit admission fee provides access to every exhibit on the floor.
- Exhibits at DHDC are designed for teacher-directed learning experiences. Check out the Educators Guides included below to help maximize your students’ learning time on the exhibit floor.
Designed for our youngest scientists, KinderStudio is a permanent exploration space for students in grades PK-1st grade. Interactive, imaginative play areas include a climbing structure; a lighted performance stage with costumes; hands-on manipulatives including blocks, tubes, books, and toys; and raw materials for creative play. It’s student-centered learning that’s tons of fun!
Spark your curiosity of the wonders of electricity in this interactive exhibit. Just as Ben Franklin engaged in hands-on experimentation with electricity, you will too! Insulate yourself from the hair-raising, static electricity effects of the Van der Graaf generator. Explore energy consumption, generation, and how to interact safely around this important form of energy. Learn about the important jobs of the lineman and electrical engineers and dress the part as you learn about the equipment and technology that is used to power all of the electronics in your life. Learn how electricity is created and explore-the energy sources needed to generate our electricity. Find out which of your friends might glow in our Electron Excitement Room. All Charged Up! will cater to a wide audience and encourage students to think critically and explore the science, technology, and engineering behind electricity.
Available Fall semester only.
Amazing Bodies takes students on a journey through the anatomy of the human body and examines how body systems function both independently and in relationship with each other. Through interactive learning stations students will explore concepts of learned vs. inherited traits in humans and animals, the role DNA plays in heredity, and life cycles.
Available Fall semester only.
In this traveling exhibit, students will discover the properties of sound and vibration. What do sounds feel like? What is the difference between the meow of a kitten and the roar of a lion? How does the mass of an object affect the way it vibrates or the sounds that it makes?
This engaging, hands-on interactive exhibit is filled with dazzling imagery, and will connect students with current NASA science research and launch them on a journey to explore the universe! The Sun, Earth, Universe Exhibition was developed in collaboration with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Sun, Earth, Universe exhibitions are developed and distributed nationwide by the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Network).
How is Earth changing? What is it like on other planets? Does life exist beyond Earth? What’s happening on the Sun, and how does it affect us? Sun, Earth, Universe is a new exhibition about our planet, the solar system, and the universe, and the big questions NASA is trying to answer about each.
Available Spring semester only.
Nano engages students in nanoscale science, engineering and technology. Hands-on exhibits present the basics of nanoscience and engineering, introduce real-world applications and explore the societal and ethical implications of this technology. Students discover how different materials behave as they get smaller, work to build a giant nanotube and compare effects of static electricity and gravity on different objects.
Open February 1- May 11, during Spring semester only.
Embark on a challenging journey teeming with friends and foes revealing the unusual relationship between caterpillars, butterflies and their natural surroundings.
Enter the interactive maze through the huge monarch caterpillar tunnel.Adventure through the leaves, learn how to move like a caterpillar, discover an ant that reaps the reward of an unusual friendship, then transform into a butterfly and take flight! Together, families and students will explore this interactive experience and learn the surprising challenges butterflies face every day. Become a caterpillar and find your way through a secret, wild world.As you navigate the terrain filled with challenges around every twist and turn, take on puzzles, games and exciting interactivities. The brave can even take to the air and soar down the butterfly zip slide. You’ll discover fascinating facts about one of our planet’s most amazing life cycles. But beware, the maze includes dead-ends, down which, lurks poisonous plants and predators waiting to pounce. Choose the right route, stamp your card along the ‘way, and emerge as a beautiful butterfly.