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Learning Labs

The Learning Lab experience isn't just for field trips anymore!

Put the field trip experience into any trip to MSI with our immersive Learning Labs. Originally created for school groups, our popular Learning Labs are now available in versions that fit perfectly into your visit. Each lab session introduces you to a scientific field and challenges you with activities that put your learning to work. What must you consider when designing a bridge? How do analyze a fingerprint? 

There's one lab offered twice each day, with capacity extremely limited to maintain physical distancing between tables. (See the schedule below.) Add a little discovery to your visit with a Learning Lab — no school bus necessary.

For ages 10 and up. Those under age 16 must be accompanied by a Learning Lab-ticketed chaperone (18 or older). Learning Labs are not included in Museum Entry and require additional timed-entry tickets.

  • 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. (Labs vary by day: see lab descriptions for schedule.)
  • Ages 10 and up. (Under 16 must be with Lab-ticketed 18+ chaperone.)
  • This exhibit requires an additional ticket with a specified entry time.

Available Learning Labs

Available sessions and times may vary and can be purchased via online ticketing. Capacity is very limited.

30 minutes

Crime Lab

Collect and analyze fingerprints and extract a colorful clue from markers in this introductory forensic science lab! Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

30 minutes

Engineering Design

Become a civil engineer to design, build and test bridges using the engineering design cycle. Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Important notes about Learning Labs

For ages 10 and up. Those under age 16 must be accompanied by a Learning Lab-ticketed chaperone age 18 or older.