New in Exhibits – SandScapes Augmented Reality Sandbox

WonderLab is proud to announce the arrival of SandScapes, the augmented reality sandbox. Build volcanoes and watch them erupt over the ocean’s shore. Carve out a pathway along the side of the Rocky Mountains. Discover elevation levels in the Arctic. Overhead lights project onto the sand and sensors allow the projection to adjust in height and depth according to how the user moves the sand. Visitors can find themselves anywhere in the world as SandScapes switches between climates and biomes.  

“Sandscapes is amazing! It was a new and engaging experience for people, and I heard that adults had just as much (and maybe more) fun than their kids!’

“I could not stop playing with it!”  – Museum Visitor, 2019

SandScapes is located on the second floor of the gallery. SandScapes is recommended for ages 6 and up.

The SandScapes exhibit is made possible by generous funding from the Brabson Library and Educational Foundation and Royal on the Eastside / Subaru of America.

Science Sprouts Place

Step, crawl, or scoot into WonderLab’s newest exhibit area designed especially for infants and toddlers. Open year round, six days a week, Science Sprouts Place supports learning, exploration, and growth in all children birth through three and their caregivers. The exhibits in Science Sprouts Place are designed to meet the needs of very young children’s natural curiosity and desire to explore and make sense of their world.

Science Sprouts Place is located on the first floor of the museum and is separated from the rest of the gallery by a low fence, which allows adults to keep track of older children exploring other museum areas.

Sprouts Lab

Sometimes making a mess is how we learn. Head over to Sprouts Lab to experiment and test in a mess-friendly zone. Designed for our youngest scientists, Sprouts Lab is open daily for children birth through age three and, during special times, for children age birth through six. Sprouts Lab is located on the first floor of the museum adjacent to Science Sprouts Place.

Bubble Flow

A favorite for visitors of all ages, the Bubble Flow exhibits provide unexpected “soapy science” experiences! Enjoy classic bubble exhibits such as the Giant Flowing Bubble, Viscosity Tubes, and the Bubble Wall. Explore new bubble exhibits like Foam Fountains and Bubble Domes. Bubbles are a great way to explore concepts such as evaporation, states of matter, shapes, surface tension, density, light, color, and measurements in size, area, diameter, volume and length. The Bubble Flow exhibits are located in the first-floor gallery.

Fitzgerald Hall of Natural Science

Our second floor gallery is where most of WonderLab’s live insects, amphibians and reptiles live in settings that mimic their natural habitats. Exhibits showcase the diversity of the living world, as well as the ancient environment of south-central Indiana as evidenced by fossils. In 2017, WonderLab installed the Wonder Under the Waves Saltwater Aquarium a self sustaining coral reef ecosystem, including descendants of animals found in this region’s fossil record.

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How Things Work

WonderLab encourages visitors of all ages to enjoy the experience of hands-on science. Many  of our exhibits illustrate how things work, highlighting science content such as the properties of air, the properties of water, magnetic and electrical forces, gravity and motion, light and color, health and the human body, and the science of sound. WonderLab believes that learning science is fun and we hope that you’ll take advantage of the many opportunities we offer to play and learn.

Lester P. Bushnell WonderGarden

This outdoor area between the museum building and the B-Line Trail is a natural oasis with flowers, vegetables, herbs, native woodland plants, a water feature and seating. In 2015, a new tower was installed as a nesting area for Chimney Swifts, which come through Bloomington in the fall and spring as part of their migration pattern. The garden offers the opportunity to closely observe nature through the seasons, and includes exhibits about solar power and the science of sound.