Pour, whirl, float, and get your hands wet as you control, move, divert, and explore the properties of water. There's nothing like the immersive, sensory experience of water to excite and engage!

In the Water Gallery you will find printed copies of our Exploration Learning Guide for parents and caregivers, a resource of prompts and suggestions to support exploration of the gallery's STEAM topic with your child. You can also review and print the Guide here online prior to your visit, and/or after your visit for ideas for post-visit activities and conversations that reinforce learning: Exploration Learning Guide | Water Gallery.

In this Exhibit

Bubble Booth

Step inside and slowly pull the string to surround yourself with bubble walls.

a young girl in a plastic smock studies a water vortex in a large clear jar
Double Open Vortex

You've seen the giant Vortex. Now touch and experiment with these water vortices that are open at the bottom. What will happen when you place balls inside?

a young girl and older boy laugh at a small ball suspended in mid-air on a vertical water stream
Laminar Lifter

Roll a ball down a track watch it lifted by a  40" water stream. How long will your ball be balanced at the top of the stream?

a boy creates a dome of water by placing a paddle over a vertical water stream
Morphable Stream

A laminar stream that jets up 12" is your testing ground for forming water bells, discs, and other interesting shapes and patterns.

a boy and girl build a channel on a water table with LEGOs
Build-a-Channel

Use your engineering skills to use connecting blocks to build channels, pools, dams, and spillways on our trough of moving water.

a boy fills a container from a large water spout and dumps the water into a larger vessel
Pour & Explore

Use balls, beakers, cups and more to fill, pour and splash as you experiment with the properties of water flowing from  jets, nozzles, and streams.