Included with general museum admission and FREE for BMS Members.

Since its reopening, our interactive Explorations gallery has inspired thousands of minds to be inspired by play-based discovery. Its inviting and colorful setting will draw your little scientist right in! Designed for early childhood development and science learning, Explorations features interactive stations with play themes focusing on a variety of science-based concepts and encourages adult-child interaction. Science topics include energy, space, weather, light, and the environment, and encourages adult-child interaction as well as independent discovery. Play dress-up and become a ladybug for a morning, create your own skyscraper, or blast off into space! Some of our Explorations experiences include:


Light Table

Use colored discs and toys to experiment with color combinations in a really cool way.

Skyscraper Architect and Building Stations

Use PVC pipe or child-safe blocks and a little imagination to build your own architectural masterpiece.

Water Table

A favorite among our young guests! With a constant flow of water, experiment with a lock system, whirlpool and manual water pump to transport toys and floating vessiles from one end of the table to the other.

Dress Up and Play

Don a pair of butterfly wings or a lab coat, or even grab one of our many puppets to inspire curiosity through creative role play.

Book Nook

Choose from over a hundred science-based childrens books to explore topics through a private or group storytime. 

Space Shuttle

3...2...1...BLASTOFF! Climb into our space shuttle and countdown to liftoff.


Magnet Wall

Using an array of colorful magnets and magnetic toys, experiment and explore how magnets interact with one another, and with other materials.

Exploration through Art

In the art area you can color, paint, mould or draw out your inspirations.