Grainger Science Hub

Category: Exhibitions

Exhibition Summary

Included with Basic admission

Open daily from 10am to 3pm

All ages

Included with Basic admission

Open daily from 10am to 3pm

All ages

About the Exhibit

You’ve never seen our collection like this.

Keep your hands to yourself? Not in here! The Grainger Science Hub is your chance to get up close and personal with the museum’s huge collection.

With more than 40 million items in our collections, less than one percent is on display. So we pick some of our favorites and move them to the Science Hub…for a limited time only.

Take a closer look: touch select specimens, get a feel for the tools we use in our research, explore new discoveries with educators, and talk with an educator to learn more about the items on display. There’s something new to check out every time you visit.

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A woman and three children gather around an educator holding a specimen. Group members reach towards the specimen.

During your visit to the Science Hub, get a close look at specimens from our collections.

Morgan Anderson

Look beyond our permanent exhibitions and see what our scientists are up to in regularly changing displays.

Exhibition highlights:

  • Hand-picked selections brought from behind closed doors
  • Specimens you can touch
  • Educators on hand to answer questions
  • Rotating exhibits about our scientific research

Our changing environment

The environment around us is more and more unpredictable—and humans are partly to blame for habitat loss, pollution, and strange weather that’s increasingly common. We often think of environmental changes as happening in far-off places like the coral reefs or polar ice caps, but there’s evidence of them right here in the Midwest. See how our collections show what is changing and what has already been lost. 


While not related to birds or bats, pterosaurs are one of only three vertebrates that have evolved to fly. Learn how unique these prehistoric flying reptiles are, and what they have in common with other flying creatures.

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