Join us in the Science Forum for 15-20 minute engaging science demonstrations that will help you see the world in a whole new way.


Discovery Demos

Demonstrations are free and appropriate for visitors ages 5 and above. Schedule subject to change.

Shedding Light on Magnets


Saturdays and Sundays
11:00 a.m.

What makes a magnet magnetic? Why do they stick together? Join us as we explore magnetism, magnetic fields, and even what that has to do with your cell phone. We will highlight how researchers use light to study the magnetism of new materials. 

Made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation.


Out of the Water and Back Again: A Whale’s Tale


Saturdays and Sundays
3:00 p.m.

Take a journey through deep time as we explore a story that has taken millions of years to unfold, and then examine a brand new discovery! Where did life begin? How did the first four-footed land animals emerge? And why do fossil whales have feet? Participants examine the museum’s fossil whales and related species as they learn about the evolutionary processes responsible for the diversity of life on Earth.