New York Hall of Science

47-01 111th Street

The New York Hall of Science occupies one of the few remaining structures of the 1964 New York World's Fair in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in the borough of Queens in New York City. Today, it stands as New York City's only hands-on science and techn... more

The New York Hall of Science occupies one of the few remaining structures of the 1964 New York World's Fair in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in the borough of Queens in New York City. Today, it stands as New York City's only hands-on science and technology center. The more than 450 hands-on exhibits explore biology, chemistry and physics and incorporate visual, tactile and auditory components.

Daily demonstrations offered by NYSCI Explainers, demonstrate the exciting properties of chemistry, physics, biology, and more right before your eyes and are free with NYSCI admission.


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Hidden Kingdoms: The World of Microbes

We live in a sea of microbes...
Even though you cannot see these microbes, you are surrounded by them. They are on everything: surfaces, hands, soil, water, snow, and in the desert sands and Arctic Ocean. And they are alive: they reproduce, move, and respond to their environment. Welcome to Hidden ... [ + ]Kingdoms-- The World of Microbes. Here you will be able to explore this unseen, fascinating and important realm of life.

Sea of Microbes
Look in the aquarium. You see fish and plants. What you don’t see are the billions and billions of microbes that also live there. To see these microbes look in the nearby microscopes.

Microbes are at the bottom of the food chain: Microbes eat each other and are eaten by tiny animals, which are larger than microbes, that in turn are eaten by the small fish you see in this tank.

Listen to a guided tour and observe the microscopic world that lives in a drop of pond water. You may even make your own drop-of-water slide and see your organisms projected with our video microscope.

Microbial Zoo
There are several different views of microbes in this exhibit. Look at "cavorting beasties" through the unique, high-quality, easy-view microscopes and see some of the "animalcules" that were seen for the first time over 300 years ago!

Giant Eye of a Needle
And finally, walk through the giant eye of a needle enlarged 1000 times, and see amoeba, euglena, paramecium and a sewing thread all enlarged to the same scale. Even at this scale, bacteria are mere dots, and viruses are invisible!

11/16/2018 09:30 AM
Fri, November 16
9:30AM
$
$15 – Adults
$12 – Children: (2-17, college w/ID)
$12 – Seniors (age 62 & over)
Members: Free

September-June, free admission is offered Friday between 2-5pm and Sundays between 10 and 11am. Free hours are suspended in July and August.

Science Playground
$4 per person
$3 for groups

Marvelous Molecules: The Secret Of Life

Marvelous Molecules: The Secret of Life is the first ever hands-on exhibition exploring the shared chemistry of all living things. Hovering above the exhibit floor like a futuristic space station is a giant model of a glucose molecule magnified a quadrillion times (that's 10 followed by 15 zeroes!).... [ + ] This highly visible icon serves notice to visitors that they are about to enter a world whose size and scale is very different from their everyday experience. The exhibition's placement on the lower level of the Hall of Science serves to link, both physically and figuratively, two other popular exhibitions that explore subjects too small to see with the naked eye: Hidden Kingdoms -- The World of Microbes and The Realm of the Atom.

11/16/2018 09:30 AM
Fri, November 16
9:30AM
$
$15 – Adults
$12 – Children: (2-17, college w/ID)
$12 – Seniors (age 62 & over)
Members: Free

September-June, free admission is offered Friday between 2-5pm and Sundays between 10 and 11am. Free hours are suspended in July and August.

Science Playground
$4 per person
$3 for groups

Mathematica: A World of Numbers

This is the first interactive exhibition devoted to math. Designed by world-renowned designers Charles and Ray Eames, Mathematica displays the range of mathematics, and share the excitement that mathematicians find in pursuing their science. Mathematica includes six interactive units covering: celes... [ + ]tial mechanics, the Moebius band, minimal surfaces, projective geometry, probability, topology and multiplication.

In Mathematica, visitors can witness spontaneous formations of an in-the-flesh bell curve, as hundreds of plastic balls fall through a maze of 200 pegs into a series of slots, invariably forming the same pattern. Other features include an Image Wall of mathematical visualizations, a History Wall that documents the evolution of mathematics (mainly Western) since 1100 A.D., and other interactive exhibits.

11/16/2018 09:30 AM
Fri, November 16
9:30AM
$
$15 – Adults
$12 – Children: (2-17, college w/ID)
$12 – Seniors (age 62 & over)
Members: Free

September-June, free admission is offered Friday between 2-5pm and Sundays between 10 and 11am. Free hours are suspended in July and August.

Science Playground
$4 per person
$3 for groups

Preschool Place

The Preschool Place is the ideal space to explore and discover the natural and built world of a city. Experience multi-sensory activities in a protected area for our youngest visitors. Special science/art activities and puppet shows are featured during weekends and holidays.

11/16/2018 09:30 AM
Fri, November 16
9:30AM
$
$15 – Adults
$12 – Children: (2-17, college w/ID)
$12 – Seniors (age 62 & over)
Members: Free

September-June, free admission is offered Friday between 2-5pm and Sundays between 10 and 11am. Free hours are suspended in July and August.

Science Playground
$4 per person
$3 for groups

Rocket Park

Rocket Park is a 5,000-square-foot exhibition on the grounds of the New York Hall of Science. Rocket Park features two newly refurbished icons of the U.S. space program—an original Atlas booster with a replica Mercury capsule and an original Titan II booster with a replica two-man Gemini capsule.
... [ + ] Rocket Park also features a Friendship 7 Mercury capsule interactive replica, which allows visitors to climb inside and experience the close-quarters environment in which Mercury astronauts conducted their missions.

The exhibition also chronicles, in words and pictures, the history of rocket development and the evolution of the U.S. space program.

Inside the museum, the first Mercury capsule ever made and flown is also on display.

Atlas/Mercury: The Hall’s original Mercury capsule was the first U.S. spacecraft. Designated Mercury # 1, it was launched on May 9, 1960 as part of the beach abort mission testing the Mercury escape system. At the time of this launch the interior of Mercury #1 was fully equipped for space, making it the first spacecraft. The replica of this capsule sits atop of an Atlas rocket, the type used in several of the Mercury missions.

Titan/Gemini: The success of the Mercury program paved the way for Gemini. Named for the astrological twins, Gemini capsules were designed for two-man teams. During the Gemini 4 mission in June 1965Edward H. White became the first American to "walk" in space. The Titan II rocket is the same type that was used in all of the Gemini missions.

11/16/2018 09:30 AM
Fri, November 16
9:30AM
$
$15 – Adults
$12 – Children: (2-17, college w/ID)
$12 – Seniors (age 62 & over)
Members: Free

September-June, free admission is offered Friday between 2-5pm and Sundays between 10 and 11am. Free hours are suspended in July and August.

Science Playground
$4 per person
$3 for groups

Science Playground

It's 60,000 square feet of outdoor fun! Through dozens of playground elements like slides and seesaws, people of all ages and abilities explore the scientific principles of motion, balance, sound, sight and simple machines, as well as sun, wind and water.

The New York Hall of Science unveiled its... [ + ] outdoor Science Playground in 1997 to help the public experience aspects of science and technology through the sensations of their entire bodies. In 2007, the Hall doubled the size of the popular outdoor Science Playground with 30,000 square feet of exhibits designed for children ages 6 and younger.

Through playground elements, like slides and seesaws, people of all ages and abilities explore the scientific principles of motion, balance, sound, sight, simple machines and sun, wind and water. As the largest Science Playground in the United States, the Hall's playground fosters a better relationship with science through personal discovery and participation.

Designed by Hall staff and a team led by BKSK Architects, the 60,000 square-foot Science Playground includes over two-dozen playground elements, outdoor dining area, landscaped park and a colorful, inviting, resilient play surface made of six-inch thick ground rubber.

11/16/2018 09:30 AM
Fri, November 16
9:30AM
$
$15 – Adults
$12 – Children: (2-17, college w/ID)
$12 – Seniors (age 62 & over)
Members: Free

September-June, free admission is offered Friday between 2-5pm and Sundays between 10 and 11am. Free hours are suspended in July and August.

Science Playground
$4 per person
$3 for groups

The 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? Join us in this fascinating exploration in The Search for Life Beyond Earth. Discover what scientist have learned about life in extreme environments on Earth and ho... [ + ]w this is suggesting what kind of life we look for in our Solar System and beyond.

Visit a boiling hot mud pot in Yellowstone National Park, a high temperature and pressure deep sea vent on the Earth's ocean floor, and a river in Spain as acidic as stomach acid. We couldn't live in any of these places, but microbes thrive! Step on a scale and see how much water you are made of and learn why water is important for all life.

Think like a scientist and drive a Mars "Rover" looking for signs of water, practice collecting a microbe sample from a deep gold mine like a scientist, take a trip to the ocean floor in the Alvin submersible, and solve a puzzle about the surface of Europa. All along the way discover how understanding life in extreme places on Earth help direct our search for life on Mars, Europa, Titan, and even deep space.

11/16/2018 09:30 AM
Fri, November 16
9:30AM
$
$15 – Adults
$12 – Children: (2-17, college w/ID)
$12 – Seniors (age 62 & over)
Members: Free

September-June, free admission is offered Friday between 2-5pm and Sundays between 10 and 11am. Free hours are suspended in July and August.

Science Playground
$4 per person
$3 for groups

Seeing The Light

Trick your mind and "see" something that's not there. Examine and experiment with the properties of color, light and the mysterious mechanisms of human perception.

With over 80 exhibits, Seeing the Light allows visitirs to discover how the eye works, explore optical illusions and learn how we per... [ + ]ceive the world around us with over.

Exhibition highlights include:

Rotating Light - Change voltage and frequency of rotation to form patterns created by a single beam of light.

Everyone is You and Me - You and a friend can morph your faces into one with light and mirror manipulation.

Anti-gravity - Learn about symmetry and see how a person can "float" and "hover" in the air. Experiment with the Anti-gravity mirror to make extra limbs appear or magically gain and lose weight in seconds.

Magic Wand - Wave a magic light wand to understand how light is reflected off an object and how the brain perceives the picture.

Touch the Spring - A spring looks real enough to touch, but is it really there? See if you can touch the spring while learning about concave mirrors.

Colored Shadows - Shadows can be formed in different colors. Create your own shadows in lavender, yellow, red, blue, green and black.

11/16/2018 09:30 AM
Fri, November 16
9:30AM
$
$15 – Adults
$12 – Children: (2-17, college w/ID)
$12 – Seniors (age 62 & over)
Members: Free

September-June, free admission is offered Friday between 2-5pm and Sundays between 10 and 11am. Free hours are suspended in July and August.

Science Playground
$4 per person
$3 for groups

The Sports Challenge

Cross-train your brain by gauging the speed of your fastball, climbing a rock wall, or surfing a wave, while learning the roles science plays in popular sports.

By playing at 15 different sports stations, visitors learn about friction, balance, physics, rotation, aerodynamics, reaction and reflec... [ + ]tion. Each of the sports stations focuses on a different scientific principle that is crucial to succeeding at that sport.

Whether you like baseball, basketball, auto racing or rock climbing, there is something for everyone, including:

Wider is Better - The Balance Challenge
Go surfing, and you don’t even need a bathing suit! Stand on a surfboard that simulates the experience of a real wave and learn the vital role balance plays in surfing.

And They're Off! - The Reaction Time Challenge
Start your engines when the lights on the “countdown tree” turn green, and test your reaction time by hitting the gas pedal as quickly as possible. Challenge a friend.

Get a Grip! - The Climbing Challenge Ready to go climb a wall? Learn how friction shapes the experience of a rock-climber as you climb along this authentic-feeling rock wall to see if you have what it takes to make it to the top.

Go Speed Racer! - The Racing Challenge
We’re going to let you speed without the worry of getting a ticket. Understand the role of aerodynamics as you compare the speed of a standard wheelchair to a sleek, racing wheelchair.

Flaming Fastballs - The Pitching Challenge
Test your speed and see if you are ready for the big leagues as a radar gun measures how fast you can throw a fastball. Then see the difference the size, shape, and weight of a ball makes as you test your speed throwing a softball and tennis ball the same distance.

Take A Leap - The Leap Challenge
Slam Dunk! Measure the height of your vertical leap along with the hang time of your jump as you try to reach for the basketball target. Learn how you can use your arms as momentum to get more height out of your jump.

That's the Way the Ball Bounces - The Bounce Challenge
Did you ever wonder why they don’t play basketball on the sand? Dribble a basketball on courts of different materials, some that absorb more energy and some that absorb less energy, and you will soon know the answer to that question.

11/16/2018 09:30 AM
Fri, November 16
9:30AM
$
$15 – Adults
$12 – Children: (2-17, college w/ID)
$12 – Seniors (age 62 & over)
Members: Free

September-June, free admission is offered Friday between 2-5pm and Sundays between 10 and 11am. Free hours are suspended in July and August.

Science Playground
$4 per person
$3 for groups

Info

47-01 111th Street
Queens, NY 11368
(718) 699-0005
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Admission And Tickets

$15 – Adults
$12 – Children: (2-17, college w/ID)
$12 – Seniors (age 62 & over)
Members: Free

September-June, free admission is offered Friday between 2-5pm and Sundays between 10 and 11am. Free hours are suspended in July and August.

Science Playground
$4 per person
$3 for groups

This Week's Hours

Mon-Fri: 9:30am-5:00pm
Sat-Sun: 10:00am-6:00pm

Closed Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

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Upcoming Events

Hidden Kingdoms: The World of Microbes

We live in a sea of microbes...
Even though you cannot see these microbes, you are surrounded by them. They are on everything: surfaces, hands, soil, water, snow, and in the desert sands and Arctic Ocean. And they are alive: they reproduce, move, and respond to their environment. Welcome to Hidden ... [ + ]Kingdoms-- The World of Microbes. Here you will be able to explore this unseen, fascinating and important realm of life.

Sea of Microbes
Look in the aquarium. You see fish and plants. What you don’t see are the billions and billions of microbes that also live there. To see these microbes look in the nearby microscopes.

Microbes are at the bottom of the food chain: Microbes eat each other and are eaten by tiny animals, which are larger than microbes, that in turn are eaten by the small fish you see in this tank.

Listen to a guided tour and observe the microscopic world that lives in a drop of pond water. You may even make your own drop-of-water slide and see your organisms projected with our video microscope.

Microbial Zoo
There are several different views of microbes in this exhibit. Look at "cavorting beasties" through the unique, high-quality, easy-view microscopes and see some of the "animalcules" that were seen for the first time over 300 years ago!

Giant Eye of a Needle
And finally, walk through the giant eye of a needle enlarged 1000 times, and see amoeba, euglena, paramecium and a sewing thread all enlarged to the same scale. Even at this scale, bacteria are mere dots, and viruses are invisible!

11/16/2018 09:30 AM
Fri, November 16
9:30AM
$
$15 – Adults
$12 – Children: (2-17, college w/ID)
$12 – Seniors (age 62 & over)
Members: Free

September-June, free admission is offered Friday between 2-5pm and Sundays between 10 and 11am. Free hours are suspended in July and August.

Science Playground
$4 per person
$3 for groups

Marvelous Molecules: The Secret Of Life

Marvelous Molecules: The Secret of Life is the first ever hands-on exhibition exploring the shared chemistry of all living things. Hovering above the exhibit floor like a futuristic space station is a giant model of a glucose molecule magnified a quadrillion times (that's 10 followed by 15 zeroes!).... [ + ] This highly visible icon serves notice to visitors that they are about to enter a world whose size and scale is very different from their everyday experience. The exhibition's placement on the lower level of the Hall of Science serves to link, both physically and figuratively, two other popular exhibitions that explore subjects too small to see with the naked eye: Hidden Kingdoms -- The World of Microbes and The Realm of the Atom.

11/16/2018 09:30 AM
Fri, November 16
9:30AM
$
$15 – Adults
$12 – Children: (2-17, college w/ID)
$12 – Seniors (age 62 & over)
Members: Free

September-June, free admission is offered Friday between 2-5pm and Sundays between 10 and 11am. Free hours are suspended in July and August.

Science Playground
$4 per person
$3 for groups

Mathematica: A World of Numbers

This is the first interactive exhibition devoted to math. Designed by world-renowned designers Charles and Ray Eames, Mathematica displays the range of mathematics, and share the excitement that mathematicians find in pursuing their science. Mathematica includes six interactive units covering: celes... [ + ]tial mechanics, the Moebius band, minimal surfaces, projective geometry, probability, topology and multiplication.

In Mathematica, visitors can witness spontaneous formations of an in-the-flesh bell curve, as hundreds of plastic balls fall through a maze of 200 pegs into a series of slots, invariably forming the same pattern. Other features include an Image Wall of mathematical visualizations, a History Wall that documents the evolution of mathematics (mainly Western) since 1100 A.D., and other interactive exhibits.

11/16/2018 09:30 AM
Fri, November 16
9:30AM
$
$15 – Adults
$12 – Children: (2-17, college w/ID)
$12 – Seniors (age 62 & over)
Members: Free

September-June, free admission is offered Friday between 2-5pm and Sundays between 10 and 11am. Free hours are suspended in July and August.

Science Playground
$4 per person
$3 for groups

Preschool Place

The Preschool Place is the ideal space to explore and discover the natural and built world of a city. Experience multi-sensory activities in a protected area for our youngest visitors. Special science/art activities and puppet shows are featured during weekends and holidays.

11/16/2018 09:30 AM
Fri, November 16
9:30AM
$
$15 – Adults
$12 – Children: (2-17, college w/ID)
$12 – Seniors (age 62 & over)
Members: Free

September-June, free admission is offered Friday between 2-5pm and Sundays between 10 and 11am. Free hours are suspended in July and August.

Science Playground
$4 per person
$3 for groups
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