Join us daily for fun, interactive live science demonstrations. Get up close and personal with a critter in our marine touch tank or learn about the properties of electricity with our hair-raising Van de Graaff generator. There are dozens of programs on a variety of science topics. Programs vary and change weekly. Live Gallery Science is FREE with General Admission or a Connecticut Science Center Membership. Demonstration times and locations are posted throughout the building, just look for the LIVE! Gallery Science signs.
Daily at 11:30AM and 1PM
Join Connecticut Science Center staff as they read fun, science-themed stories to your little ones. It is the perfect break for children 6 and under.
FREE with the purchase of General Admission or a Connecticut Science Center Membership.
Butterfly Encounter is an all-new, must-see destination within the Connecticut Science Center. Become immersed in a lush tropical habitat surrounded by hundreds of butterflies (at the most glorious stage of their fascinating life cycle) moving freely throughout the exhibit. Guests of all ages will be delighted as they experience 40-50 different species of butterflies through intimate interaction all set in a unique, custom-designed greenhouse. Separate ticket required.
Narrated by Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges, Dream Big: Engineering Our World reveals the hidden world behind some of the most exciting inventions and structures from across the globe. Dream Big uses human stories to show the heart and the drive engineers have to make the world a better place. With spectacular footage shot in IMAX 3D, Dream Big celebrates inspiring stories of human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, and shows the heart that drives engineers to create a safer, more sustainable future for us all.
In this interactive exhibition, you will join scientists in their search for alien life within and beyond our solar system, discover strange alien-like creatures found here on Earth, and learn about the technologies used to explore remote solar systems and extreme environments found on Earth. Alien Worlds and Androids addresses the question that has fascinated man for centuries: “Are We Alone?” This exhibition features educational content from JPL and NASA.
- Nine different themed environments that immerse guests in the discoveries in space and the advances in technology that have led to increased speculation on the possibility of life beyond planet earth.
- Star Trek fans will smile when they spy the jacket Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) wore in the 2009 film Star Trek: Into the Darkness.
- Life-size replicas of Iron Man, C-3PO, and R2D2 from Star Wars movies and a replica T-800 bust from The Terminator franchise present great learning opportunities and “selfie” photo opportunities.
- Visitors are encouraged to build an alien, touch a meteorite, operate a robotic arm, and sit in a POD to experience the feeling of the amazing journey Mars rover Curiosity endured to land on the red planet.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to visit the Connecticut Science Center at night? Find out at our next Overnight Excursion! Explore our 10 exhibit galleries and settle in for the night at your favorite exhibit. You’ll experience exciting science challenges and activities, meet some of our favorite LIVE animals, see a 3D movie, and more.
Overnights are $55 per person and are open to families and groups with children ages 5–12. For more information and to register, visit CTScienceCenter.org/overnights, call (860) 520–2117, or email overnights@CTScienceCenter.org.
Upcoming Overnight Dates:
- Friday, October 20, 2017
- Saturday, December 2, 2017
- Saturday, March 3, 2018
- Saturday, April 7, 2018
Do you think you can engineer the best bridge? Join us on Women in Science Saturday with Project Engineer Nancy Puglisi Rolfe to find out! In this hands-on activity, you will build your own small-scale bridge and test its strength to find out which type of bridge is the best and strongest.
Visit the Connecticut Science Center every month to meet real scientists, learn how they became interested in science as young women, and find out where science has taken them—and where it could take you! You’ll also participate in fun, hands-on science activities.
The Connecticut Science Center will get a little spooky and a little kooky for our annual Spooktacular Science Weekend! Have a ball at the ultimate Halloween party including trick-or-treating, a photo booth, pumpkin decorating, kids “Scary-oke” and spooky crafts.
All activities are included FREE with Connecticut Science Center Membership or the purchase of General Admission. Kids under 3 are always FREE! Costumes are encouraged! Adult masks are not permitted.
(Activities are tentative and subject to change).
Join Dr. Susan Schneider, associate professor of philosophy and cognitive science at the University of Connecticut and a member of the Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics at Yale University for a talk and reception. Dr. Schneider proposes a test for determining whether AI can be conscious. Her work wrestles with vexed issues such as the nature of the mind, whether AI can be conscious, preparing for artificial general intelligence (AGI), super-intelligent AI, and futuristic brain enhancements, such as brain chips and uploading.
$10 Adults, $5 Members, Corporate Members, Seniors, Students
Includes admission to Alien Worlds and Androids, and 1 drink ticket
For more information and to register, contact Amy Sailor at firstname.lastname@example.org or (860) 520-2163.
This program is part of the Science Center’s Women in Science Initiative. Special thanks to our founding sponsor Petit Family Foundation with additional Support from TD Bank Foundation and Voya Financial
This Election Day, cast your vote for FUN with a visit to the Connecticut Science Center! We offer the perfect place to have a great time when school is out. We’ll be open 10AM–5PM on Election Day, Tuesday, November 7. Explore new exhibits and take in a jaw-dropping 3D movie.
We will honor our veterans and active duty military personnel with FREE General Admission all day. Bring the whole family out for a day of FUN! Explore four floors of fun, a 3D movie theater and more than 165 hands-on exhibits. And don’t miss our traveling exhibit, Aliens Worlds and Androids.
The Connecticut Science Center is excited to celebrate International Science Center & Science Museum Day with half-price admission to members of other science museums and free admission to Veterans. The International Science Center and Science Museum Day (ISCSMD) is a yearly, global event illustrating the impact and reach of all the world’s science centers and science museums. Enjoy more than 165 hands-on exhibits, LIVE Science demonstrations, and the region’s only tropical indoor butterfly experience, Butterfly Encounter. With more than 4 floors of hands-on fun, the Connecticut Science Center engages people of all ages to a wide range of STEM topics from engineering to life sciences.
Meet and hear from 6 young women who competed and won in the 69th Annual Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair. Four of these winners were selected as 2017 Broadcom MASTERS Semifinalists. Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering Rising Stars), is the premier science and engineering competition for middle school students. Learn about the research and challenges of these winning projects!
Anika Bhagavatula, Grade: 8th
Middlebrook Middle School, Wilton, CT
Project Title: A Novel Method for Oil Spill Cleanup Using Biomass
Rachel Brooks, Grade: 8th
Christian Heritage School, Trumbull, CT
Project Title: The Fabrication and Testing of Various Fruit Juice Dye-sensitized Solar Cells with the Addition of Preservatives
Sophie Edelstein, Grade: 10th
Wilbur Cross High School, New Haven, CT
Project Title: Formation of a Bovine Gelatin Cross-Linked Scaffold for Potential Human Tissue Applications: A Patient Specific, Cost-Effective Alternative Treatment of Acetabular Lateral Tears of the Hip
Anna Flaherty, Grade: 7th
St. Gregory the Great School, Danbury, CT
Project Title: Wind Energy: I’m a Big “Fan”
Grace Flynn, Grade: 7th
Saint Timothy Middle School, West Hartford, CT
Project Title: Green Tea: A Simple Solution for a Bananas Problem?
Madison Lee, Grade: 8th
Sport and Medical Sciences Academy, Hartford, CT
Project Title: Natural Plastic: Will Milk Plastic Substitutes Biodegrade Faster Than Commercial Plastics?
Unlike a typical museum, all of the hands-on exhibits at the Connecticut Science Center must be designed and built to withstand hundreds of students and families using them every day. Join Richard Thomas as he discusses the design and engineering of our exhibits. Also, see early design concepts of the Butterfly Encounter and learn the process of exhibit building from concept to completion. Tours of the Butterfly Encounter are available before and after the talk. Plan some extra time to explore the galleries Including our new traveling exhibit Alien Worlds and Androids. Coffee and tea are included.
Note: Because of the limited capacity of the Butterfly Encounter, tour times must be scheduled in advance. It is possible your tour time may be before 1PM.
Presenters: Richard Thomas. Director of Exhibit Design & Development at the Connecticut Science Center
Presented by AARP. Registration is $15 per person; coffee and tea are included. For more information and to register, contact Brit Montmeat at email@example.com or (860) 520-2112.
When the kids are out of school, don’t panic – just plan an adventure to the Connecticut Science Center! You can explore four floors of fun with more than 165 hands-on exhibits, experience a 3D movie in our theater, and be part of the show with our daily LIVE! Science demos. Plus, it’s your last chance to see the blockbuster exhibit, Alien Worlds and Androids, before it closes for good. We will be open from 10AM to 5PM daily during winter vacation week from December 26 through January 1.
Now registering for Camp dates December 27 – Febraruy 20.
Kids have FUN on school vacation at the Connecticut Science Center! Your child will love these hands-on day camps filled with fun and engaging science.
Winter 2017-2018 Exploration Camp dates:
- Wednesday December 27: Jedi Training Academy
- Thursday, December 28: Butterfly Encounter
- Friday, December 29: Roller Coaster Mania
- Monday, January 15: Ninjago
- Monday, February 19: Slow Mo
- Tuesday, February 20: Blown Away