Labs

Design Lab

-Turbine Hall-

Use everything from arduino circuits to 3D printers as you combine science, art, and technology. 

Life Lab

-Life Hall-

Learn side-by-side our scientist volunteers and live animals—including creepy crawlies and furry friends.

Paleontology Lab

-Earth Hall-

Work with our on-site expert volunteers to excavate real dinosaur and ancient Oregon fossils from plaster casts!

Plan your visit

Exploring the labs is included in your museum admission, but our scientisits are hard at work. 

Watershed Lab

-Earth Hall-

Create your own river, watch salmon develop into smolt, and explore our microscopic world—all with a PacNW bent.

Chemistry Lab

-Turbine Hall-

Try your hand at chemistry experiments and activities as you safely mix, measure, and pour chemicals.

Discovery Lab

-Science Playground-

View your family through the lens of a scientist with cognitive researchers on-hand through Living Laboratory, a program funded by the National Science Foundation.

Physics Lab

-Turbine Hall-

Discover the hair-raising effects of static electricity with the Van de Graff Generator and view some of the first phonographs ever made.

Book a Private Lab!

Did you know you can book a lab time for your group? Our Educators lead focused (and fun) lessons from soap making to circuitry.