Explore the latest interactive exhibits, experiences, and learning opportunities at miSci.

Seeing Ourselves: From Silhouette to Selfie

Seeing Ourselves: From Silhouette to Selfie

Imagine not knowing the look of their own face. For most people throughout history, this was the rule rather than the exception. It was only through the development of technology that we reached the modern day, where seeing yourself is as simple as looking in a mirror or pushing a button. Seeing Ourselves takes guests on a journey through the development of portraiture, photography, mirrors, and more.

Featuring approximately 55 objects, the exhibition includes more than 20 works of art, among them a collection of late 18th-century miniature portraits by Irish-born artist George Place, and a painting by Harold M. Mott Smith titled Their Last Meeting that commemorates Thomas Edison’s visit to Schenectady in 1922 where he met Charles Proteus Steinmetz, another trailblazer in the field of electricity. Early prototype X-ray equipment, rare photographs, a collection of cameras, and a model of the first GE Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine are also be on view.

Interactive activities include Capture Your Shadow, Colorize a Photograph, Get In The Scene, Face Mixer, Fool a Computer Vision System, Make Your Bones Dance, and more.

Opens November 13, 2021

Goose Bumps! The Science of Fear

Goose Bumps! The Science of Fear

Goose Bumps! The Science of Fear explores the universal emotion that can save our lives. Through fun, interactive challenges and immersive environments, visitors can experience fear safely and discover the science behind their physical and emotional responses. The presentation was developed by the California Science Center and includes information based on the current research in neurobiology, physiology, and psychology.

On View Through October 31, 2021

New York’s World’s Fairs

New York’s World’s Fairs

The New York World’s Fairs of 1939 and 1964 were landmark events in the lives of millions. Explore through photographs and films, the major attractions General Electric created for both fairs including the 10-million-volt Steinmetz Hall lightning generator, and the groundbreaking Progressland building that was designed in partnership with Walt Disney and featured the first public demonstration of nuclear fusion.
On View Through November 14, 2021

Schenectady Inventors that Changed the World

Schenectady Inventors that Changed the World

Explore a rotating display of inventions from Schenectady that changed the world, from the first home appliances and televisions to power generation and medical imaging devices. The exhibit features unique artifacts from miSci’s collection including the world’s first synthetic diamond; a prototype mechanical television from 1928; and a 1907 Electric Breakfast Set, featuring some of the first electric appliances ever produced.

On View Through January 17, 2022

 

Engineering the Perfect Shot! The Interactive Minigolf Exhibit

Engineering the Perfect Shot! The Interactive Minigolf Exhibit

This exhibit features nine interactive, miniature golf holes, each designed to demonstrate a concept from the science of physics. Observe projectile motion, kinetic friction, collision, and more as you play a full round of miniature golf. Players track their progress using a digital scorecard, accessible with any smart device, as well as access bonus materials associated with each hole.

On View Through January 9, 2022