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.

During the months March through June, the Science Hub may close periodically to accommodate special events and performances. Check with the information desk for more details on the day of your visit. 

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


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See some of our most poisonous and venomous reptiles and amphibians. Our herpetology collection is one of the largest in the country, and among the thousands of specimens are some that can be deadly to humans and animals. Find out how scientists are using them to do valuable research. 




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