Special Exhibits

Made possible in part by

Outdoor Sports Center
Rex Marine Center & Rex Boating Club

With additional support from

Cannondale Bicycles | MTA of NYC

This exciting new exhibit is about transportation: where we’ve been, where we are now, and where we are going in the future. When you visit the exhibit, discover how transportation connects a community in an interactive cityscape and learn about the innovations that have shaped the way we move around our world. You will also be able to step foot in two frontiers that humans are beginning to explore — space and the deep sea — in our spacecraft and submarine! It connects communities. It enables exploration. It becomes faster, safer, and more reliable every day.

Transportation is a system for moving passengers, goods, or ideas from one place to another. Transportation is going places.

Check out some of our concept sketches and the team in action.

New Exhibit Now Open 

Big Adventures: Dinosaurs

Sponsored in part by

First County Bank

Jump into our time machine and travel back 190 million years to see a full size “living” Dilophosaurus, Connecticut’s State Dinosaur. Then zoom back to 2020 to a paleontologist’s laboratory and discover the clues dinosaurs left behind. There are plenty of super-fun interactive experiences in store with this DYno-Mite new exhibit. 

Did you know dinosaurs are related to chickens?

Jurassic Landscape


Come face-to-face with an 18-foot animatronic Dilophosaurus! This colorful creature with a whipping tail and spiky teeth roars with pride. It’s her first visit to these parts in 190 million years.

What year is it?

Oceans were rising, volcanoes were erupting, a giant meteor hit, ice caps emerged, land mass split into continents! We know when it was by what plants and animals lived and evolved to survive our planet’s changes over millions of years. 

Discover a Nest!

Scientists recently learned that many dinosaur eggs were colored or speckled like modern bird eggs. You’ll find a nest with 6 to 8 eggs and some small baby Dilophosaurus dinosaurs.   

Make Tracks!

Scientists can learn about a dinosaur’s size, how it walked, and if it traveled alone or in groups from fossilized dinosaur tracks (Eubrontes). Make your own tracks wearing a dinosaur’s tail and feet!

Paleo Lab

Discover a Fossil!

Using tools like chisels, hammers, and brushes, find out what’s hidden in the rock.

Build a Skeleton!

We found the bones; you put them together like a puzzle to see the animal’s shape!  

Innovation Station

Imagine and Name Your Own Dinosaur!

Visitors can draw their own ideas of what dinosaurs looked like from fossils and skeletons, just like artists do for scientists. Name your dinosaur using the same method scientists use.

State-of-the-art Interactivity

We programmed a Promethean Board touch screen for games and to dive deeper into the information presented in the exhibit.

Book Nook

Read more about dinosaurs and innovation in a quiet inviting space.

Our Star Attraction

Stepping Stones presents Sun, Earth, Universe — hands-on interactive experiences and dazzling imagery that connects you with current NASA science research to explore the universe! 

How is Earth changing? What is it like on other planets? Does life exist beyond Earth? What’s happening on the Sun, and how does it affect us? Sun, Earth, Universe is a new exhibition about our planet, the solar system, and the universe, as well as the big questions NASA is trying to answer about each.

There are fun and compelling experiences for visitors of all ages: 

  • Follow the design-build-test cycle of engineering and build a model spacecraft for your own mission to space. 
  • Spin a tumbler of 10,000 beads, representing all of the stars we can see from Earth, to search for the unique one that represents our Sun. 
  • Reveal hidden images using the same tools NASA scientists employ to explore the otherwise invisible forces and energy of the universe. 
  • Play the Your Mission to Space board game or help younger visitors pilot rovers across the Mars landscape play table. 
  • These activities (and many more!) introduce visitors to ongoing NASA research in the fields of heliophysics, Earth science, planetary science, and astrophysics and encourage them to imagine what the future of Earth and space science might hold. 
It’s out-of-this-world fun!

The Sun, Earth, Universe exhibition was developed in collaboration with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Sun, Earth, Universe exhibitions are developed and distributed nationwide by the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Network).  

This material is based upon work supported by NASA under cooperative agreement award number NNX16AC67A and 80NSSC18M0061. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

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