Grainger Science Hub

Category: Exhibitions

Exhibition Summary

Included with Basic admission

Open daily from 10am to 3pm

All ages

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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

Exploring the Deep Sea

See what it’s like to travel thousands of feet underwater to explore life at the bottom of the ocean. There’s still so much we don’t know about the deep sea, but Field scientist Janet Voight is learning more about the octopuses that live there. Find out about a surprising discovery she made and see an unusual octopus and other deep sea creatures. 

Trackways

What can we learn from a footprint? Quite a lot, actually! Trackways—including fossil footprints—can tell scientists about environments and the animals that lived there. Follow in the footsteps of dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures from Antarctica and across the United States. Then, test your knowledge by identifying animals based on their tracks.

Changes to Regular Hours

Events in Stanley Field Hall are prompting changes to Science Hub hours during spring 2019. General hours are 10am–3pm; days with adjusted hours are listed below.

March

  • Thursday, March 21: Open 11am–3pm
  • Friday, March 22: Open 10am–2pm
  • Saturday, March 23: Closed
  • Sunday, March 24: Open 10am–1pm and 2–3pm
  • Thursday, March 28: Open 11am–3pm
  • Friday, March 29: Closed
  • Sunday, March 31: Open 11am–3pm

April

  • Tuesday, April 2: Open 10am–1pm
  • Thursday, April 4:Open 10am–1pm and 2–3pm
  • Friday, April 5: Open 10am–1pm and 2–3pm
  • Saturday, April 6:  Closed
  • Thursday, April 11: Open 1–3pm
  • Friday, April 12: Open 11am–1pm
  • Saturday, April 13: Open 12–3pm
  • Sunday, April 14: Open 11am–1pm
  • Friday, April 19: Open 10:30am–1pm
  • Thursday, April 25: Open 11am–3pm

May

  • Thursday, May 2: Open 10am–2:30pm
  • Friday, May 3: Open 11am–3pm
  • Friday, May 10: Open 11am–3pm
  • Saturday, May 11: Open 10am–1pm
  • Thursday, May 16: Open 10am–2pm
  • Friday, May 17: Open 11am–1pm and 2–3pm
  • Friday, May 24: Open 11am–1pm and 2–3pm
  • Thursday, May 30: Open 12–1:30pm
  • Friday, May 31: Open 11am–3pm

June

  • Tuesday, June 4: Open 11am–3pm
  • Wednesday, June 5: Open 11am–3pm
  • Friday, June 7: Open 10am–1pm and 2–3pm
  • Friday, June 14: Open 11am–3pm
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