Become a space explorer as you experience the physical and mental challenges involved in Astronaut training! Through hands-on and full-body displays, this revealing science exhibition investigates the reality of what it takes to brave the last frontier.
Amazing Butterflies invites you to shrink down into the undergrowth to become one of the most extraordinary creatures on earth. Together, families will explore this interactive experience and learn the surprising challenges butterflies face every day. May 4th, 2017 - September 29th, 2017.
The Science Center’s 10,000 gallon Aquariums of the Atlantic house some of Florida’s most beautiful native fish such as Queen Angels, Lookdowns, Moray Eels, Stingrays and seahorses as well as a few fish that have invaded Florida’s coasts. The different habitats take visitors through the depths of our coral reefs and interpret Florida’s diverse ecosystems of the Everglades, Coral Reefs, Gulf Stream, and the Open Ocean. There are daily touch tank demonstrations at 10:45am and 11:45am and live feedings on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 1 p.m.
NOW OPEN! The Conservation Course is an 18-hole miniature course designed by Jim Fazio and Gary Nicklaus, located in the Science Center's beautiful backyard. Surrounded by butterflies and babbling brooks, we welcome guests of all ages to experience miniature golf like never before.
The planetarium is a 61-seat theater including advanced fulldome digital projection equipment, laser machine and a Spitz star projector. Palm Beach County’s only public planetarium features a rich history and modern technology to transport visitors beyond the skies. Please see our Planetarium page for show descriptions and pricing.
The Hidden World of the Everglades
The interactive exhibition immerses the visitor in Florida’s wildlife, indigenous and invasive, and various Everglades ecosystems.
Florida Conservation Station
This learning laboratory includes hands-on experiments and research activities that transform visitors into real-world biologists. The station gives visitors an idea of the immense variety of life in Florida and complex relationships among living things.
Science on a Sphere
Science on a Sphere (SOS) is a room-sized global display system that uses computers and video projectors to display planetary data onto a six-foot diameter sphere, analogous to a giant animated globe. Researchers at NOAA developed the SOS as an educational tool to help illustrate Earth System science to people of all ages. Animated images of atmospheric storms, climate change, and ocean temperature can be shown on the sphere.
States of Matter
Explore the basic principles of science with hands-on displays representing the states of matter, including solid, liquid, gas and plasma displays. Continue through the gallery for more basic principles of electricity revealed through conversion machines and Jacob’s Ladder.
Out of This World
See our collection of rare space artifacts and real rocks from space. Touch a 232 pound meteorite or spend a few minutes watching Apollo 14 highlights while you view a real moon rock brought back on an Apollo mission. This collection also features a Mars rock found in Nigeria in 1962.
Discovery Center and Early Childhood Playground Powered by PNC Grow Up Great
Children 6 years old and younger can play and discovery in their very own space! The Center's features include a giant 16 x 5-foot water table, a wall-sized Lite Brite play area, lounge area for parents, story time area with bookshelves, a dress-up area with photo booth, BRAND NEW outdoor playground and more.
Nano is an interactive exhibition that engages family audiences in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. Visitors will be able to build a giant model of a carbon nanotube, explore progressively smaller magnetic materials, and explore the relative effects of static electricity and gravity using the Static vs. Gravity discs.
Exercise your mind with puzzling challenges for all ages!
Enjoy the outdoors while continuing your science exploration! Our interactive nature trail includes hands-on exhibits: Bubbleology, fossil dig, whisper dishes, and a brand-new 18-hole miniature golf course.
Be sure to visit our Communication Station and learn about HAM radio from the experts at West Palm Beach Amateur Radio Group! All visitors are welcome!