“The more you learn, the better feeling you have about yourself and the world we live in.”
– Fred Rogers
Interactive exhibit galleries focus on creativity, collaboration, discovery, problem solving, design, and experiential education through art, science, and literacy. They include The Garden, Kid’s Eye View, Story Factory & Sensory Room, STEAM Studio and Lab, Move It!, Saving Lives, the Reading Nook, and Block Party.
A permanent feature for mothers is a private nursing room on the first floor in the Hatch, Waddle and Fly Exhibit next to Water Play.
First Utah Bank Discovery Branch
The First Utah Bank Discovery Branch Exhibit is located in Kids Eye View between the Farm and Harmons Market. This exhibit teaches children and families about financial literacy, math and recognizing money. It encourages children to build social skills and practice professional communication. Children and adults will love learning through play in this new exhibit, from the ATMs, to the drive through window, the larger than life coin sorter, and shredded money wind tube, there’s so much to explore!
Exhibit generously sponsored by First Utah Bank
*Due to COVID-19 the Honey Climber is temporarily closed until we are in the “Green Phase” of the Governor’s Utah Leads Together Plan, for everyone’s health and safety.
Climb from the lower level to the upper level of the museum in the Honey Climber. Use your imagination and become a busy bee. Explore the Hive and Garden as you climb, hop, slide and buzz your way through a maze of honeycombs, flower towers, a rope bridge, and climbing wall!
Mark Miller Subaru Express Service Exhibit
The Mark Miller Subaru Express Service Exhibit engages young children to learn about the science that drives vehicles like the Subaru Ascent. Work under the hood, change the oil, and fill the Ascent with gas! Science is a powerful tool, and with Mark Miller Subaru and the all-new Subaru Ascent’s help, this exhibit is sure to inspire children for generations to come. Download this Activity Book for more car related activities!
Exhibit generously sponsored by Mark Miller Subaru
The Water Play exhibit features a 38-foot water table with nine different interactive components and dozens of educational cues and learning opportunities for children and families. Experience racing rivers, a water wall with ramps, wheels, and tipping buckets, a water vortex and more!
Intermountain Healthcare Saving Lives
The Saving Lives exhibit features an authentic Life Flight Helicopter, a kid-sized Primary Children’s Emergency Department, and a Life Flight Rescue Hangar. Put your rescue skills to the test as a nurse, surgeon, image tech, pilot, paramedic, command center staff, hoist operator, or an engine mechanic.
Exhibit generously sponsored by Intermountain Healthcare
DG Derby, STEAM Studio & STEAM Lab
Kids will experience the thrill of competition and discover the fun of physics in DG Derby: Powered by Gravity. This exhibit features a 37 foot all-aluminum super smooth track specifically designed for pinewood derby style racing and includes pre-made pinewood cars as well as Lego™ brand parts that can be assembled within the exhibit space to create the speediest cars in town.
Also in the STEAM Studio, the worlds of the artist, scientist, and engineer combine in this hands-on creative space. Build with Lego® and Magformers®, test structures on our earthquake table, discover what type of paper contraption flies best, and more!
Join the party with Imagination Playground big blue blocks. From crawlers to climbers, kids of all ages will be able to build amazing structures from floor to ceiling, connecting parts into the gallery walls, and transforming the space with power of their imaginations. Photos by Trent Nelson.
Story Factory & Sensory Room
The Story Factory exhibit area offers visitors numerous ways to explore telling a story. Make your own comic strip, learn about social stories, create and perform your own plays on the theater stage, discover the science of color with Colors in Motion or create a picture with our Jumbo Picture Pegs!
Stop by Sensory Room to tickle or relax your body senses through touch boxes, plasma balls, lights, and more.
At 1,600 square feet, the Move It exhibit is an expansive play space featuring a challenging obstacle course, a cushioned mat area for yoga and stretching, and a multi-use space for jump roping and hula hooping. 60 minutes a day of play and physical activity is recommended for children, and with all that jumping, balancing, hopping, crawling, sliding, stretching, and digging in Move It, those 60 minutes are easily guaranteed!
Exhibit generously sponsored by SCHEELS
Kids Eye View
In the Kid’s Eye View exhibit, children can explore the big, wide world on a kid-sized scale in several different areas: Construction Zone, the all new Water Play, Harmons Neighborhood Grocer, Utah Family Farm, Gerri’s House, and coming soon the Mark Miller Subaru Express Service Station!
Infants and toddlers, age 3 and under, can practice their motor skills in Hatch, Waddle, and Fly.
The Garden exhibit gallery demonstrates the importance of bees and their connection to Utah. Children and adults work together to keep things buzzing in the Garden exhibits featuring the Honey Climber, the Live Hive, and the 30-foot Pollinator!
*Due to COVID-19 the Reading Nook is temporarily closed as this space is being used as an exit for guests of the museum.
The Reading Nook features several iconic pieces from the museum’s original Beck Street location that have been re-imagined to create the perfect reading space. It is also home to the Take a Book, Leave a Book lending library in partnership with Salt Lake Public Library and KUED PBS Kids. Bring in a book for another family to enjoy in exchange for a new-to-you book to take home!