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Planning for a Safe Return

Masks are Currently Required Inside Midland Center

As we welcome back patrons for our 50th Anniversary Celebration Season, we are all doing our part to create a safe environment for everyone in the Center. As a conservative health measure, we intend to continue to require masks indoors until community vaccination rates increase and/or there is a reduction in the prevalence of highly transmissible COVID variants.

STEM Exhibits

The Hall of Ideas and the upper floors of the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science & Art continue to remain closed due to flood damage to our facility, we are bringing interactive and hands-on STEM Exhibits to the Lounge. Join us for one of the exhibits below:

FRI 12 - 4 PM, SAT 10 AM - 2 PM and SUN 12 - 4 PM
$3 per person and FREE for Museum Members

Electricity & Simple Machines

SEP 24 – NOV 14, 2021
$3 per person and FREE for Museum Members

In this new interactive, hands-on exhibit, families can learn about the six simple machines: pulley, lever, wedge, screw, wheel and axle, and inclined plane. Learn about electrical circuits, incandescent vs. LED light and plasma, and play with our giant Light Bright Wall. Discover how simple machines help us with everyday tasks and make it easier to do them, and delve into electrons, the light bulb, and the effects of charged particles, such as static electricity.

Included with Museum Admission

Spark!Lab® Smithsonian

Spark!Lab is a unique hands-on learning lab where visitors of all ages can explore what it means to be an inventor. Participants use their knowledge and provided materials to answer open-ended challenges. Creativity and collaboration abound in this safe space where if you fail it is just a first attempt in learning! 

Current Exhibit Hours




12 - 4 PM


10 AM - 2 PM


12 - 4 PM