The New York Hall of Science is an incredible science museum for both children and adults located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens. The New York Hall of Science has an abundance of interesting indoor and outdoor exhibitions. The museum is dedicated to introducing visitors—especially young visitors—to science via interesting and interactive exhibits that can be enjoyed by the whole family. The Hall of Science is instantly impressive, upon entering the parking lot visitors will see full-sized rockets and missiles sitting outside the building that are remnants from the 1964 World’s Fair that was held in the surrounding Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
There are many things to see and do at the New York Hall of Science, so anyone planning to make a trip should be prepared to spend about two hours at the museum. The upstairs floor of the main gallery includes a lot of optical illusions (including a big-to-small room that guests are welcome to walk into), information about the science of shadows, exhibits about light, sound, and math and even a hall of mirrors that make one feel as if they are at a carnival. The downstairs area of the main hall includes some permanent exhibits (such as a machine that teaches children how tornados form) but most of the “visiting” exhibitions are placed in the downstairs area. Every year the schedule changes but there are usually at least two temporary shows every year, such as an animation show that ran in 2012.
The Hall of Science is constantly building in order to add more space. In the newer wing there is an area full of information about sports such as baseball and NASCAR with information about the speed sciences behind the acceleration of cars or the evolution of baseballs. In this same section there is an enormous and fascinating ant farm. Guests are invited to sit and watch the large live ants go about their business and subsequently teach viewers about insect communities and how they play a role in the ecosystem. For $6 a person visitors can go on the “Exploration Station Motion Simulator Ride” and for around the same price there are 3D theater presentations.
Although the New York Hall of Science is good to visit at any time of the year, it is particularly good to visit in the warmer weather when the outdoor exhibitions are more likely to be open. The Hall of Science is known for its Science Playground that gives kids the opportunity to learn while getting exercise and having fun. More recently, the museum added a “Rocket Park Mini Golf Course” that lets visitors engage in a game of mini-golf that also teaches lessons about scientific concepts such as motion, friction, balance and angles.
The aforementioned are only a small sampling of what is to be seen upon entry to the New York Hall of Science. It is truly a fascinating location that only costs adults $11 and children $8 in admissions. For parents who homeschool, the New York Hall of Science is a fantastic field trip that will prove beneficial to visitors of all ages.