The New and Expanded New York Hall of Science Opens Its Doors

The New and Expanded New York Hall of Science (Photo: Business Wire)

The New York Hall of Science unveiled its 55,0000 square-foot, $89 million expansion on Tuesday, November 23 at 10:30 am. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Hall Director Dr. Alan Friedman declared the new wing open. Now children and families in the New York metro area will have even more opportunities to learn about science and technology.

Dr. Friedman recalls that one of the legacies New Yorkers were promised from the 1964-65 World’s Fair was a world-class science-technology center. “It’s taken 40 years, but thanks to a sustained public/private partnership, and a dedicated and talented Board and staff, we’re now able to deliver on that promise,” he said.

This Polshek Partnership designed new wing at the north end of the building will include new permanent exhibitions as well as classroom and public spaces to meet the demands of the Hall’s growing family and school group attendance. These new exhibitions are:

– The Search for Life Beyond Earth: The exhibition compares environments on Earth, Mars and Europa, and demonstrates organisms that live in extreme environments on Earth.

– Preschool Place: (Children 6 and younger) Explore and discover the natural and built world of a city in this playful environment. Find the ways in which urban and natural landscapes are inter-related. Experience multi-sensory activities in a protected area for babies.

– Connections-The Nature of Networks: Networks are all around you. Find out how you can arm wrestle over the Internet, see the earth from outer space, and watch how rivers form through the power of networks.

– The Sports Challenge: Each sports-related exhibit focuses on a different scientific principle that is crucial to succeeding at the sport. Whether you like baseball, basketball, auto racing or rock climbing, there is something for everyone.

– Mathematica-A World of Numbers: A classic exhibition designed by world-renowned designers Charles and Ray Eames. Mathematica covers the Moebius band, projective geometry, probability, topology, and multiplication.

– Art and Technology: A collection of classic hands-on exhibits and newly commissioned pieces further enrich the museum experience.

– Redesigned Rocket Park: Features a real Atlas booster with its replica Mercury capsule and a real Titan II booster with its replica two-man Gemini capsule. The actual Mercury Capsule #1 is on display inside.