The Liberty Science Center is an immersive science museum and educational center in the heart of Liberty State Park in Jersey City. Established in 1933 as New Jersey's first major science museum, the science-based learning center features the largest IMAX theater and dome in the country, a variety of science-focused exhibits and educational resources, and the Hoberman Sphere, a famous engineering-based artwork designed by Chuck Hoberman that is driven by computers.
The Liberty Science Center spans nearly 300,000 square feet, which includes the country’s largest IMAX Theater and dome, numerous science-based exhibits, displays and interactive experiences, and the Hoberman Sphere artwork.
The Liberty Science Center's permanent exhibitions include ‘Skyscraper! Achievement and Impact,’ the world’s largest exhibition on some of the world’s tallest buildings with a collection of fascinating objects and items such as artifacts from the 9-11 World Trade Center disaster, and a glass-Schindler Traction elevator.
‘Eat and Be Eaten’ explores the predator and prey relationship between animals and features several live animals, including puffer fish, vipers and more. ‘Communication’ explores human communication in four areas, namely signs, symbols, and writing, the human body and language, and the media – audio, video, print, signals, and networks. Visitors can enjoy Language Karaoke where they are taught to say phrases in different languages like Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Cockney, or Spanish.
‘Infection Connection’ presents a greater understanding of how individual actions have an effect on global health issues through a film about various infectious diseases and a ride on the IC Express.
‘I Explore’ is an exhibit for under six-year-olds and their caregivers that explore the world around them. The fun-filled exhibition features a climbing structure, water feature, a streetscape, microscope, and a rock xylophone made from hanging rocks.
‘Our Hudson Home’ explores the ecology and the wildlife of the Hudson River and features an observation deck with breathtaking views of the river, while ‘Wonder Why’ displays many of the Museums earliest displays.
‘Energy Quest’ explores different types of energy and the modern technologies used to harness these powers, and ‘Wildlife Challenge’ is a seasonal outdoor exhibit that gives guests the the opportunity to partake in a variety of outdoor activities designed to simulate different animals' environments, such as zip lines and balance beams.
The ‘Rubik's Cube’ exhibition celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Cube and features artifacts and items that highlight the history of the Cube and the massive cultural influence it played and continues to play in popular culture today.
The Liberty Science Center is also home to various temporary exhibits that change throughout the year and with the seasons. Such exhibitions include ‘Islamic Science Re-Discovered,' ‘Goose Bumps! The Science of Fear’, ‘Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age,' and ‘Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition.’
The Liberty Science Center offers a variety of educational programs for children and students of all ages, as well as exceptional resourced for educators and teachers. Programs at the Center include focused lab-based programs for Grades Pre-K to 12, watching real-time interactive surgeries, science-rich homeschool curricula, middle school and high school programs for students, Center Stage Science programs, and Scout Programs.
Field trips are run by expert Field Trip Specialists and include science-based adventures, educational projects and off-site and online education programs. Field Trip add-ons include Laboratory workshops, ‘Live from Surgery’ presentations and films in the state-of-the-art IMAX Theater.
‘Live from Surgery’ presentations give students the opportunity to experience a live surgery in real time in the High Definition Interactive Theater, followed by a discussion with members of the Operating Room team about the procedure, medical equipment, anatomical models, and more.
The Liberty Science Center is open to the public from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm from Monday through Friday and 9:00 am to 5:30 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Located on the second floor of the Center, Café Skylines offers delicious and nutritious meals and snacks including oven-fired pizzas, handcrafted sandwiches, homemade soup, daily entrée specials, and a gourmet salad bar. Diners can enjoy beautiful views of lower Manhattan from a large group dining room or two smaller dining rooms, as well as the Governors Hall. There are also vending machines snacks and cold drinks in the group dining hall.
Liberty State Park, 222 Jersey City Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ 07305, website, Phone: 201-200-1000
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