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Lights, Mirrors, Action!

Lights Mirrors Action! is a brand new exhibit created by ExplorationWorks that explores how we see, the science of mirrors, and the evolution of motion picture.

Hands-on and interactive for a family audience, this exhibition will let visitors step into a colorful kaleidoscope, experiment with a checkerboard mirror, and even look into infinity!

Families will also experience the evolution of motion pictures from the early days of the zoetrope to today’s cutting edge technology of green screens and virtual reality headsets.

This exhibit offers a wide-range of exhibits for visitors of all ages. Come in and check it out!

Lights Mirrors Action! is a brand new exhibit created by ExplorationWorks that explores how we see, the science of mirrors, and the evolution of motion picture.

Hands-on and interactive for a family audience, this exhibition will let visitors step into a colorful kaleidoscope, experiment with a checkerboard mirror, and even look into infinity!

Families will also experience the evolution of motion pictures from the early days of the zoetrope to today’s cutting edge technology of green screens and virtual reality headsets.

This exhibit offers a wide-range of exhibits for visitors of all ages. Come in and check it out!

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Lights, Mirrors, Action!

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water table exhibit in Helena, MT
WaterWorks
The water table is our most popular exhibit. It has seen a lot of fun times over the years, that is why we are asking for your help to fund a new water table! Designed with Montana in mind, the new water exhibit will imitate the water cycle of the Missouri River. We're half way there; help us fund a new water exhibit.

The water table is our most popular exhibit. It has seen a lot of fun times over the years, that is why we are asking for your help to fund a new water table! Designed with Montana in mind, the new water exhibit will imitate the water cycle of the Missouri River. We’re half way there; help us fund a new water exhibit.

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WaterWorks

Make a splash while discovering the physics of water!

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Little Sky
Five and under can explore life in Big Sky Country with our Little Sky exhibit. Discover where your food comes from with Gabriel's Garden Market. Hunt for eggs in the Farm to Fork barnyard. Scramble up the slide, catch a stuffed fish and roast a 'mallow in the Montana Outdoors exhibit.

Five and under can explore life in Big Sky Country with our Little Sky exhibit. Discover where your food comes from with Gabriel’s Garden Market. Hunt for eggs in the Farm to Fork barnyard. Scramble up the slide, catch a stuffed fish and roast a ‘mallow in the Montana Outdoors exhibit.

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Little Sky

Our special play land for children under five.

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Science Café

Enjoy an entire floor of rotating hands-on exhibits. Build with Keva Blocks and Mangnatiles. Create a design in the pin impression board. Take the Mindball challenge; win by relaxing!

Enjoy an entire floor of rotating hands-on exhibits. Build with Keva Blocks and Mangnatiles. Create a design in the pin impression board. Take the Mindball challenge; win by relaxing!

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There's something for everyone in the Science Café!
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Trout
What do baby trout look like? What happens when they hatch? Stop in to check out the growing baby trout, courtesy of the Pat Barnes Missouri River Trout Unlimited Chapter #55.

What do baby trout look like? What happens when they hatch? Stop in to check out the growing baby trout, courtesy of the Pat Barnes Missouri River Trout Unlimited Chapter #55.

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What do baby trout look like? What happens when they hatch? Stop in to check out the growing baby trout, courtesy of the Pat Barnes Missouri River Trout Unlimited Chapter #55.

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Bees
When the season is warm you can watch our bees busy at work in the garden and hive making honey for the queen. One tablespoon of honey is 10 bee's life work! They create the most efficient shape in the world, the hexagon, to store their honey and nest the babies. This exhibit will return to ExplorationWorks in the spring.    

When the season is warm you can watch our bees busy at work in the garden and hive making honey for the queen.

One tablespoon of honey is 10 bee’s life work!

They create the most efficient shape in the world, the hexagon, to store their honey and nest the babies.

This exhibit will return to ExplorationWorks in the spring.

 

 

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Bees

The bees have left the building for hibernation, but check back this spring for the return of Queen Pheobe and the rest of the hive!

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The Exploration Garden

Adjacent to ExplorationWorks, the ExplorationGarden extends science in to the natural world. Depending upon the season, you may find ExplorationGarden bursting with the fresh vegetables and luxurious flowers that enhance our summers or find the garden peacefully sleeping under a layer of snow while rich compost forms underground in preparation for spring. Relax in our colorful Adirondack chairs while keeping Mount Helena in your sight line. Year round nutrition and wellness classes and programs turn ExplorationGarden in to an outdoor classroom and learning lab for all ages.

Adjacent to ExplorationWorks, the ExplorationGarden extends science in to the natural world. Depending upon the season, you may find ExplorationGarden bursting with the fresh vegetables and luxurious flowers that enhance our summers or find the garden peacefully sleeping under a layer of snow while rich compost forms underground in preparation for spring. Relax in our colorful Adirondack chairs while keeping Mount Helena in your sight line. Year round nutrition and wellness classes and programs turn ExplorationGarden in to an outdoor classroom and learning lab for all ages.

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The Exploration Garden

The garden may not be blooming now, but check back this spring to discover what grows in Montana!
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