Visiting Exhibit Hall

visiting exhibit hall

The Visiting Exhibit Hall serves as a space to showcase some of the world’s most innovative and engaging traveling exhibits, designed especially for children, ensuring that the Museum is constantly reflecting the world around us.

current exhibit

Design Zone logo

May 28, 2022 – September 5, 2022

Step into the shoes of video game developers, music producers, roller coaster designers, and more to discover how science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts solve design challenges. Explore Design Zone’s three thematic zones, all highlighting the importance of science and mathematical thinking in areas critical to building creativity and innovation: art, music, and engineering. Throughout the zones, you’ll put your creative problem solving skills to the test to see, hear, and watch STEM principles in action: Use patterns to build 3D towers, apply math to create the rhythms of your own hit song, and tweak the slopes of a roller coaster to construct the most thrilling ride!

recommended for ages 5-12

Image of boy at the Balancing Art experience

DESIGN ZONE was produced and is toured by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. This exhibit was made possible by a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant.

exhibit experiences

Two girls at the Build a Tower experience

art—see it!

Discover the math behind visual creativity. From architecture to video games, designers use scale, patterns, and other key mathematical concepts to turn their ideas into reality. Explore the relationship between weights and distance in Balancing Art; navigate and see if you can get the highest score in Marble Maze, and; test your ability to continue a pattern in three dimensions in Build a Tower.

Image of the Whack-A-Phone experience

music—hear it!

Explore relationships between length and pitch in musical instruments, ratios and rhythms, and visual representations of sound. Young musicians and composers can experiment with tube length and pitch to create music with the Whack-a-Phone; explore the math behind rhythm and music by mixing a song on a Drum Machine, and; create mesmerizing laser light patterns that get people dancing in the Light Show DJ.

Family at the Fast Tracks experience

action—move it!

Learn all about the math and physics behind anything that moves. Discover what it takes to create a thrilling ride in Roller Coaster Hills; explore how hill height and speed are needed to create a Fast Tracks roller coaster course, and; Design a Skate Park and test your design with a virtual skater and ride the course!

where is this exhibit located?

The Visiting Exhibits Hall is located on Floor 1, one level down from the main entrance, next to the Tinkerers Studio.

past exhibits

Young boy at the Thomas exhibit train table

January 22, 2022 – May 15, 2022

In Thomas & Friends™: Explore the Rails!, visitors helped Thomas and his engine friends solve a variety of challenges, from a simple sorting and shape identification activity to more complex engineering obstacles. The exhibit was created by Minnesota Children’s Museum and inspired by the popular children’s series now on Nick Jr.

September 3, 2021 – January 9, 2022

In the Moomin Animations – Thrills and Cuddles exhibit, visitors learned how the Finnish author Tove Jansson’s beloved Moomin books were brought to life using animation! Co-produced by the Moomin Museum, Embassy of Finland in Washington, DC, National Children’s Museum, Gutsy Animations Ltd and Moomin Characters Ltd, and supported by Finarte and Lovi Ltd.

February 2020 – September 2020

The Visiting Exhibit Hall featured Nickelodeon’s Dora and Diego: Let’s Explore! The interactive exhibit for preschoolers was presented in Spanish and English and was sponsored by PNC.