Cool Stuff

Why do things do the things they do? Discover the strange and eccentric world of physical phenomena.

  • Permanent
  • Level 2
  • Included in Admission
  • All age groups

Guests of all ages can experience the extraordinary, bizarre and super cool science principles that govern the workings of our everyday world.

Witness strange motions and weird happenings that delight the mind and senses. See the invisible with thermography cameras. Be lifted by air in the vacuum-powered Air Chair. Lie across a bed of 5,000 nails unharmed. Defy gravity with gyroscopic technology and electromagnetism.

Engage the fundamental – and fun – principle of “What goes up, must come down” as you explore the physics of lifting. Launch objects by the explosive force of a chemical reaction or pull yourself to new heights using a pulley system. Work together on the Gizmotron to scoop, fill and turn the wheels of this giant contraption.

Perform incredible feats of strength, such as crushing a garbage can or winning a seemingly impossible tug-of-war match. Flex your superhuman muscles for a round of hydraulic arm wrestling. Harness the power of the wind to steer a sailboat or spin a wind turbine.

It’s not magic. It’s cool science!

Located on Level II