WonderLab – At the Intersection of Science and Fun!

Day trips? Weekends? Winter travel? Locals? Out of towners? 

No worries, we got you.

Wherever you’re from, when you travel in Indiana be sure to head south. Located in beautiful southern Indiana, WonderLab Museum is in the heart of Bloomington’s cultural district, 308 W. 4th Street, just along the B-Line Trail.

Visitors of all ages will experience the wonder of science through WonderLab’s hands-on programs and exhibits. Drop by and let your imagination run wild as you climb the two-story grapevine climber, explore the bubble-airium or get to work programming a Cubelet robot. Toddlers and little scientists will be busy for hours at the multi-level water table and in Discovery Garden. Head the to second floor for a Live Animal Demo; engineering or so much more.

In the Gallery: The Bed of Nails
What has 5,000 sharp points, weighs more than a ton and has a place to rest your head? The WonderLab Bed of Nails, of course! The Bed of Nails is an experience unique to WonderLab. This thought provoking exhibit lets museum visitors experience, first hand, the physics of pressure. Visitors lay on a clear acrylic surface mounted on a stainless steel cabinet. She or he then presses a button that activates a motor, which slowly raises 5,000 nails through holes in the acrylic surface. The nails lift the visitor to a height of several inches above the acrylic surface. Be careful not to move! Because the visitor’s weight is distributed over thousands of tiny points, there is not enough pressure on any one point to make the nails painful. This memorable experience connects to many everyday occurrences that are typically taken for granted, e.g., why the sharp side of knife blade cuts a tomato but the other side does not, and why high heeled shoes cause dents in a vinyl floor. You have to experience it to believe it.

Martin Luther King, Jr Day: Celebration of Science!
Scientists are real people who do amazing things; anyone with a little curiosity can be a scientist! On Monday, January 15, WonderLab will open be open to the public from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration of Science. Drop by to celebrate diversity and multiculturalism in science.

The whole family can will learn about scientists of past and present while taking part in hands-on science experiments. Special activities will be available from from 11:00 am-3:00 pm and include:

  • Pollution Slime and the work of Mexican chemist Mario Molina;

  • Fashion a Fossil inspired by the work of English fossil collector, dealer, and paleontologist Mary Anning;

  • Rocket Building inspired by the work of engineer, physician and NASA astronaut Mae Jemison;

  • Seed Bombs inspired by the work of botanist and inventor George Washington Carver
  • …and many more! Be sure to check out the Invention Station! Who’s the next great inventor? It could be you as you solve one (or more) of the WonderLab’s Inventing Challenges.

This event is free with museum admission.  

LED Valentine’s Day Cards
Valentine’s Day is electric….LED electric, that is. An LED is an electronic device that emits light when power is supplied to it. But how does an LED work? On Saturday, February 10, come to WonderLab from 1 – 3 p.m. and light up Valentine’s Day.  Learn about circuits by making LED light up Valentines cards. Your special someone is sure to give these cards a glowing review. Materials are $2.50 per card plus museum admission.

After Dark: Chocolate
On Saturday, February 17th leave the kids at home and bring your friends to the museum to enjoy After Dark: Chocolate from 6  – 9 p.m. Chocolate is not just a delicious treat, it is also a historically and culturally significant commodity. WonderLab’s After Dark: Chocolate is a 21 and over event that discusses the history and science of chocolate. There will be local craft brews, mead, food and, of course, Chocolate. Eat, drink, be merry, and learn about chocolate as you enjoy some!  Tickets for After Dark: Chocolate are $15 for museum members, $18 for non-members and $20 at the door.

Dog Tricks and More with Sarah DeLone

Working dogs do a variety of jobs: herding, agility, and therapy to name a few. Why are dogs able to do these things? How do they learn?  On Saturday, March 17th at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. come to the WonderLabJoin Monroe County Humane Association’s VIPaws coordinator, Sarah DeLone and some fabulous four-footers to explore these questions.

DeLone’s human and animal teams visit schools, nursing homes, and other places in the community to provide benefits for both people and pets. “It’s all about increasing the human and animal bond,” DeLone said in an interview with BLOOM magazine. Animals are therapeutic, she says, because they “change the whole energy of a room.”

Meet these amazing dogs in person and watch them as they show off the skills they have worked so hard to learn. Join us for a duck herding demo, and agility demo with jumps, weaving, and more! This event is ticketed but FREE with museum admission.

Night at the Museum: Science Lab Spectacular
Calling scientists of all ages: WonderLab Museum needs your help during our first Science Lab Spectacular – an evening of interactive science shows and exhilarating experiments.
You’ll be the star of the show as we explore the epic cold of liquid nitrogen, the shocking science of a Van de Graaff generator, and even more.

Join us Saturday, March 24, from 6 9 p.m. for food, fun, and a chance for scientists of all ages to explore the museum and join in a spectacle of science! Tickets are $8 per person/members
$10 per person/non-members

WonderLab at Home
Enjoy WonderLab from home with WonderLab’s new science blogs and YouTube Channel! Read about your favorite animals featured in WonderLab ALIVE. Delve into questions and musings at Thoughts Behind the Wonder and keep up with important museum information via Wonder News. Check out WonderLab’s YouTube for a sneak peak behind the scenes and more..

WonderLab Museum/Gift Store Hours of Operation
The WonderLab Museum of Science, Health, and Technology provides hands-on science learning to with exhibits and programs for people of all ages. The museum is in the heart of Bloomington’s cultural district, 308 W. 4th Street, just along the B-Line Trail. Operational hours are TuesdayThursday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday: 1 – 5 p.m. For the most up-to-date information about museum events and programs visit wonderlab.org, follow @wonderlab on Twitter or Instagram, or visit WonderLab Science Museum on Facebook.