Permanent Exhibits

Permanent Exhibits

Get up close with Iowa’s native animals, explore the cosmos, build a rocket and more in SCI’s permanent exhibits! Each space highlights a specific field of science with fun, hands-on ways for all ages to learn and discover. From box turtles and snakes in What on Earth? to the zipping, zooming Ball Wall in When Things Get Moving, SCI’s permanent exhibits allow you to own the experience!


  • Small Discoveries

    Imagine, experiment and play in this experience platform designed for SCI's youngest explorers.

  • What On Earth?

    Zoology, meteorology and geology converge inside SCI’s Upper Level experience platform What On Earth?

  • When Things Get Moving

    Get physical with science inside SCI’s Upper Level experience platform When Things Get Moving!

  • Why The Sky?

    Travel through the cosmos, get up close with spacecraft and more in SCI’s Upper Level space science experience platform Why The Sky?

  • Makers Studio

    It's more than an exhibit... It's a mindset!

    Explore, design, build, experiment, tinker and collaborate in this interactive exhibit space on SCI’s Main Level. Explore the design cycle while you experiment with circuits, create a stop-motion animation video, build and test a flying machine and more!

  • Brick by Brick

    Spectacular LEGO®-built marvels structures combined with hands-on building challenges bring engineering, architecture and construction to life and encourage creativity.