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.
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.
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.
Our Maker Space professional development programs are designed to foster creative problem solving through our pedagogical approach that demonstrates how materials exploration and tinkering for learners of all ages can support and develop an “I Can” mentality. Select from one of our one-day workshops, mix or match them, or customize a professional development program that meets your needs.
The Evolution – Health Connection
This hands-on science exhibit explores the role of evolution in health, illness, prevention and treatment. The Evolution – Health Connection was developed by NYSCI in partnership with the Center for Human Growth and Development and the Museum of Natural History, University of Michigan, the Miami Science Museum, and a broad group of science and museum advisors. The Evolution – Health Connection was developed with a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) grant from the National Center for Research Resources, a component of the National Institutes of Health.
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.
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.
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.
Search for Life Beyond Earth
On Earth, wherever there is life, there is water. Are there other places in our solar system that might contain water and perhaps life? Discover what scientists have learned about life in extreme environments on Earth and how this suggests what kind of life we look for in our solar system and beyond.
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.
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:
LATE MARCH – OCTOBER
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.
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.
Man on the Moon Timeline: 1960 – 1972
Mercury-Atlas D Rocket
Mercury-Atlas D “Friendship 7” Replica Capsule
Rocket History Timeline
Saturn V F-1 Engine
Luminosity: Jenn Shifflet
An exhibition of photographs on aluminum, oil paintings on wood panels and kiln-formed glass
Exhibition organized by Katharine T. Carter & Associates
February 19 – May 22, 2022
Jenn Shifflet employs light and glass to push the boundaries of space in her luminous landscapes – dedicated to an ongoing visual exploration of the ethereal and the ineffable, of the fleeting qualities of life and light. The layered transparent pigmented washes of oil paint and glazes create a saturated, spacious, and luminous depth through gradated color. The paintings’ palette is organic – rust, sienna, blue-green, jade, and oxblood. The rich hues are built up with layers of many different colors, starting with their complements. The kiln glass works alter light through reflection and refraction.
Landscapes of Material and Mind
An international juried exhibition organized by SciArt Initiative
February 19 – May 22, 2022
“The notion of boundary between the interior and exterior permeates many aspects of life. From inside the body to the great outdoors, from the level of bacteria to that of the psychological, how tangled are the landscapes we are composed of and live within? The artwork from thes17 artists explores these questions from the personal, scientific, and artistic points of view.” – Tarah Rhoda, curator