Exhibits - Kentucky Science Center


Science In Play

The World We Create

Discovery Gallery

The World Around Us

World Around Us

Natural and earth sciences come to life! Explore ecology and ecosystems, biological diversity, and natural selection and adaptation through three galleries: “atmosphere – the air that surrounds us,” “terrasphere – environments that support us,” and “aquasphere – the water that sustains us.”

Weather Watch

Weather is the interaction of sun, air, and water in the atmosphere, and weather patterns determine climate! Step inside Weather Watch to become a WLKY meteorologist, working to keep Kentuckiana informed of severe weather emergencies.

Go H20

Water is a powerful force and essential to sustaining life! At Go H2O, get a sense of how water moves and interacts with the landscape. You control the direction of the water, while processes like erosion, sedimentation, and flooding impact what you set in motion.

Cave Crawl

Kentucky is home to the biggest known cave system on Earth! Get ready, get set, and spelunk in the Cave Crawl, a part of our “terrasphere,” where you can learn what makes (and what lives in) a cave.

Kentucky Academic Standards:

Kindergarten 1st Grade 2nd Grade 3rd Grade 4th Grade 5th Grade Middle School
ELA W.2.8 RI.3.1, RI.3.3 W.4.8 RI.5.7
Science K-LS1-1, K-ESS2-1, K-ESS3-1, K-ESS3-2 1-LS3-1 2-LS4-1, 2-ESS2-1 3-LS4-3, 3-LS4-2, 3-LS1-1 4-ESS2-1 5-ESS2-1 MS-LS2-2

The World Within Us

World Within Us

Learn more about how our body works through hands-on exhibits that will give you a new appreciation for the parts most people take for granted. The World Within Us is an in-depth exploration of our life cycle and how we, as organisms, use matter and energy, process biological information, grow, develop, adapt, and age.

With planning underway to develop a new World Within Us you can help by providing feedback as we try out ideas that may end up joining the Science Center on a permanent basis, including these temporary installations:

Great Big Science To Do (through November 2017)

Take the highway to health at the festival of experiences we call The Great Big Science To Do. Envisioned and built by Science Center staff, “Highway to Health” will get you thinking about health equity and healthy habits in a whole new way.

Eat Well, Play Well (December 2017-April 2018)

What’s in the food we eat? This highly interactive bi-lingual exhibit encourages healthy living through exploration of the science behind healthy food choices. Students will discover what an appropriate serving size looks like, discover what it takes to burn calories, and reduce their risk of disease with healthy choices.

Human Plus (Summer 2018, dates TBD)

This exhibit is visiting Kentucky Science Center from the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. Human Plus offers visitors a chance to explore and create low- and high-tech tools that extend the abilities of the human body! In addition to compelling stories, the exhibit includes a mono-skiing simulation, a wheelchair DJ station, the opportunity to engineer innovative design solutions and insight into controlling a prosthetic limb with your brain!

Kentucky Academic Standards:

3rd Grade 4th Grade 5th Grade Middle School
ELA RI.3.1, RI.3.3 W.4.8 RI.5.7
Science 3-LS1-1, 3-LS3-1, 3-LS3-2 4-LS1-2 MS-LS1-8, MS-LS1-3, MS-LSI-5