Air Works examines the properties of air and explores the science behind controlling and using it in our everyday lives. Featuring interactive exhibits and specially-designed tinkering and making activities, this special exhibition captures the imaginations of all ages.
Air Works offers an array of hands-on learning experiences, including a 3D air maze, hover table, chain reaction machine, and paper airplane launcher. Also featured is an air-operated bottle organ by Leonard Solomon and a new, large-scale aerial sculpture in the Museum atrium.
In warm-weather months, visitors are invited to explore water exhibits centered around The Rill, a 250-foot long watercourse that takes a meandering path from the Museum toward the Connecticut River. The Rill flows down a series of terraces, and visitors can manipulate dams and sluices to change the water’s direction or volume. Young hydrologists can store up a mini-flood and then release it to the lower part of the Rill.
David Goudy Science Park features additional hands-on exhibits on light, sound, motion, astronomy, and natural history. Two kiosks highlight New England insects, birds, and mammals, while the Wind Wall “paints” patterns in reflective disks on the Museum tower. Science Park is also the launching point for a walking tour of the solar system, a great demonstration of the relative size of the planets and the distances between them.
With 110-acres and five miles of nature trails, you’ll find plenty to do outside at the Montshire!
Enjoy a day of science activities all about air — the perfect learning companion to our special exhibition, Air Works. Make kites to fly outside in David Goudy Science Park and capture the power of air by building gliders, rockets, and parachutes at the Science Discovery Lab. Free with Museum admission.