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

Model Trains Show

Model Trains Show

On view through January 16, 2022

miSci’s Model Trains Show features a 19 x 27-foot display with five tracks that weave 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. New lighting and working crossing gates have been added for this year’s display.

An exhibition of approximately fifty photographs and works of art depicting scenes from the history of the American Locomotive Company and General Electric’s development of locomotives will also be on view in the Museum’s newly-renovated Lecture Gallery. Highlights include an 1895 photograph by famed GE engineer, Charles Steinmetz, of New York Central’s Empire State Express, a steam locomotive that was built in Albany and set a world record by traveling 112 miles per hour; a photo of Big Boy, a 1.2-million-pound locomotive that was the largest ever built; and a 1932 work of art by Walter Greene titled More Power and Speed for New Haven that was commissioned by GE to promote their line of modern streamlined locomotives.

Seeing Ourselves: From Silhouette to Selfie

Seeing Ourselves: From Silhouette to Selfie

On view through April 24, 2022

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 to reveal how the modern selfie came to be.

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 on view.

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

 

Engineering the Perfect Shot! The Interactive Minigolf Exhibit

Engineering the Perfect Shot! The Interactive Minigolf Exhibit

On view through January 9, 2022

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.