WonderLab Museum of Science

WonderLab was initially a traveling scientific outreach program founded by a group of volunteers; in 1998, they opened a small, interim museum on the north side of the Bloomington courthouse square, with plan of eventually opening a permanent location in the near future. File photo: Wave Break Media, Shutter Stock, licensed.
WonderLab was initially a traveling scientific outreach program founded by a group of volunteers; in 1998, they opened a small, interim museum on the north side of the Bloomington courthouse square, with plan of eventually opening a permanent location in the near future. File photo: Wave Break Media, Shutter Stock, licensed.

The WonderLab Museum of Science, Health & Technology is a science museum located in Bloomington, Indiana. It was incorporated in 1995 as a private 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is a member of the Association of Science-Technology Centers.

WonderLab was initially a traveling scientific outreach program founded by a group of volunteers; in 1998, they opened a small, interim museum on the north side of the Bloomington courthouse square, with plan of eventually opening a permanent location in the near future. That vision was realized after a capital campaign was successfully launched, and a two-story, 15,000 square-foot museum was opened to the public in March of 2003.

WonderLab consists of numerous hands-on science exhibits, many of which are permanent, while others are rotated off and on throughout the year. The first floor of the museum features popular displays such as the Grapevine Climber, which allows visitors to climb up giant leaves; the Bubble-Airium, which offers multiple exhibits that showcase unexpected ways of forming and using bubbles; the Lego Water Table, which allows children to dam and divert water flowing down a large Lego sheet; and the Discovery Garden, which has science activities for toddlers and preschoolers.

The second floor of the museum offers many live animal exhibits, displays regarding southern Indiana’s geologic past as interpreted through fossils, and interactive features regarding health, the human body and the science of sound.

WonderLab also has its WonderGarden – a small nature area set between the museum building and a neighboring hiking area known as the B-Line Trail – as well as numerous outreach services, including science programs for all ages and a summer science camp.

The WonderLab Museum of Science is open Monday: Closed, Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesday: Closed for private and group visits, Thursday to Saturday: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday: 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission prices are Members: Free, Non-members age 1 year and older: $12.50.

To find out more, please visit https://www.wonderlab.org.

WonderLab Science Museum
308 W 4th Street
Bloomington, IN 47404
(812) 337-1337
https://www.wonderlab.org

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