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32nd Annual Model Trains Show

32nd Annual Model Trains Show

On view through January 15, 2023

miSci’s Model Trains Show features a 19 x 27-foot display that weaves through scenes of amusement parks, a vintage Plasticville town, and freight yards and depicts how trains transformed transportation and impacted the growth of the country. Passengers, freight, and more travel the main loop as vintage equipment loads logs onto the short line. The display includes lighting, working crossing gates, and several new elements added for this year’s presentation.

miSci’s Model Trains Show is generously sponsored by the Capital District Transportation Authority.

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Design Zone

Design Zone

Now on view in the Jane Golub Gallery

Design Zone is a new interactive permanent exhibition that highlights the importance of science and mathematical thinking in areas critical to building creativity and innovation: art, music, and engineering and presents the creative concepts behind the processes and tools needed to create a successful design.

What does it take to create an addictive and fun videogame? How many beats per second does a DJ need to get bodies moving on the dance floor? What goes behind creating a roller coaster or a skate park that produces the most fun and biggest thrills? Discover the secrets behind how videogame developers, music producers, roller coaster designers, and other creative problem solvers do what they do.

Edison’s Visit to Schenectady

Edison’s Visit to Schenectady

On view through January 29, 2023

In June of 1886 Thomas Edison moved his machine works from Manhattan to two vacant buildings in Schenectady, New York. These two buildings were the first piece of what would become world-changing manufacturing and research facilities in the Schenectady area.

In 1922, after an absence of more than 30 years, Edison personally returned to Schenectady to visit the facilities, which had grown to 300 buildings occupied by nearly 20,000 employees. He personally visited scientists disrupting the world with their inventions, and he met with the workers making the United States’ electrification possible. Through historic photographs, film, and audio this exhibit commemorates the 100th anniversary of Edison’s historic 1922 visit and the rapid expansion of what had by then become the General Electric Company.

Photographs on display include Edison visiting Charles Proteus Steinmetz and his million-volt lightning generator; a photograph of Edison’s science team from the 1880s; an image of international radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi at the Schenectady laboratories; and photographs of Edison inspecting the newest vacuum tubes that made advances in radio and X-ray technology possible.

Let’s Connect! Exploring Communication Technology

Let’s Connect! Exploring Communication Technology

On view through May 14, 2023

A voice travels through the air at 343 meters per second. That wasn’t fast enough. A shout can be heard 2 kilometers away. That wasn’t far enough. Let’s Connect! explores a world of innovation in which scientists, inventors, and visionaries keep breaking limits to make our modern connections what they are today.

As technology has evolved – from carved writings, paper letters and radio broadcasting to instantaneous messaging from almost anywhere on Earth – it has altered the ways in which we interact. This dynamic exhibition explores the efforts of human beings to move an ever-growing quantity of information faster and more broadly than ever before.

Let’s Connect! Exploring Communication Technology is made possible by The Jane and Neil Golub Creative Project