New York Hall of Science
NEW YORK HALL OF SCIENCE
Built as part of the 1964 World’s Fair, the New York Hall of
Science is a popular destination for local school groups, featuring
an estimated 450 hands-on exhibits and a science playground.
Visitors can go through a room of mirrors or a room that slants,
try to balance on a surfboard, spin wheels, make bubbles, and
even take a speed gun to their fastballs.
The hall hosts a Maker Faire every fall. The annual, weekendlong
event, which has been described as “the ultimate geek
fest,” is a family-friendly celebration of invention, creativity,
and resourcefulness. More than 750 makers — including tech
enthusiasts, crafters, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science
clubbers, and artists — show off their DIY creations and handson
Among the permanent collection are Connected Worlds, Design
Lab, Search for Life Beyond Earth, and Hidden Kingdoms: The
World of Microbes. High school students work as Explainer
Interns in the Preschool Place, where there are puppet shows and
science story times. Meanwhile, College Explainers are on hand
to interpret exhibits, perform demonstrations, and assist with
workshops and special events.