Science of the Story Exhibit

Science and literature are not two things, but two sides of one thing.

–  Thomas Huxley

Introducing: Science of the Story

This summer the MESS Hall will be transformed into a land of stories. All new exhibits make stories, both old and new, come alive, with a science twist. Help Jack jump over the candlestick. Pour a cuppa at the Mad Hatter’s tea party. Cross Heimdallr’s bridge to bring color to a monochromatic world. Create your own story at our animation station. And more.

Each mess kit, too, will engage story fans in discovery. From nursery rhymes to Greek mythology, from classic literature to new picture books, each imaginary world challenges us to explore and create, all strengthened by a bit of science.

This exhibit is only here for a limited time: May 27 – Aug 26. Let the MESS Hall be part of your story this summer!

Join us for open exploration during our summer hours.


All summer we will also have workshops, included with admission, to engage participants more deeply. Learn about archeology like Indiana Jones; dive 20,000 leagues under the sea to learn about the kraken (well, a squid); explore how real living things can turn to stone, like Sylvester with the magic pebble; follow the drinking gourd to understand the night sky and the constellations.
Check out the full schedule here! Be sure to pre-register and save your spot!

Adult Forums and Events

Adults get in on the action as they explore a Brave New World July 27 from 6-7:30 PM. During this free program, participants will learn about genetic engineering and the related ethical and societal dimensions, along with several ways scientists are considering using it. In groups, they choose one application to consider in depth and make a plan about whether and how to bring this technology to the world.