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

Explore the latest interactive exhibitions, experiences, and learning opportunities at miSci, which uses its 12,000 square feet of exhibition space to present a unique blend of history and hands-on science, integrating artifact displays with exhibitions around key STEAM topics stressing innovation and technological change.

 

Exhibitions are cross-disciplinary and tell the story and history of scientific innovation. miSci rotates exhibitions every three months, allowing a vast array of topics and ideas to be presented on an annual basis. In addition to those that miSci curates, exhibitions are brought in from partner institutions from around the world. Recent exhibitions have covered topics such as climate change, the evolution of dogs, the history and science of toys, dinosaurs, and the science of the human brain.

 

miSci is home to several permanent exhibitions, including many fun and engaging STEAM-based interactives. These exhibitions address a range of topics, including climate change, renewable energy, the mathematics of design and construction, alternative fuels, and medical technology. 

 

Many of miSci’s exhibitions include artifacts from its extensive collection and archive. Collectively, they tell the stories of scientific innovation and advancement from around the globe. The Museum also houses one of the largest photographic collections in the U.S., with more than 1.6 million prints and negatives that document some of the most significant moments in the history of science and technology.

Play!

Play!

Play! utilizes miSci’s collections to explore the evolution of play over time, focusing on outdoor recreation. Traditionally, play prepared children for adult roles. With the development of the electrical industry and the second industrial revolution, families started to gain more time for leisure activities. That additional time helped give rise to professional sports and popularized fantasy. Featured objects will include:

  • A 1947 champion Soap Box Derby car.
  • A three-wheeled tricycle from the 1870s.
  • A penny-farthing bicycle that was the first vehicle to travel over Schenectady’s Western Gateway Bridge.
  • Charles Steinmetz’s ice skates.
  • A 19th-century ironclad toy ship.
  • Dolls dating back to the 19th century.
  • Autographed baseballs from Capital Region minor league baseball teams.

The Story of Sound

The Story of Sound

The Story of Sound highlights miSci’s collection of some of the most important sound recording artifacts in the world. The exhibition highlights how the sound recording industry evolved Edison’s tinfoil phonograph to the current digital age and features miSci’s efforts to use new digital technology to preserve early sound recordings. Highlights include:

  • America’s oldest surviving sound recording, an Edison tinfoil from 1878.
  • A rare Berliner gramophone from the 1890s. Emile Berliner invented the first disc phonograph.
  • An experimental 1920s ‘sound-on’ film recorder.
  • The Victrola phonograph and the story of Nipper, the source for the famous ‘dog-and-gramophone’ photograph and pairing.
  • Early magnetic recording technology, including the Play Talk, a rare magnetic recording toy from 1948.