Welcome to the Second Floor!

In addition to the auditorium, the second floor houses the Phenomena Gallery and Gallery A!

Phenomena Gallery 

Many visitors say, "This is my favorite part!" One of the big draws of the Phenomena Gallery is the Van de Graff Generator. Make sure you get to this exhibit during the following times to get those great photos of your hair going crazy from electricity!

  The Van de Graff Generator Schedule
  10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The turntable is a favore and no kid can resist the angular momentum machine. For an electrifying visit, make sure to ask a DCS team member about the Tesla Coil. Don't forget to visit the air cannon, anti-gravity mirror, echo tube and shadow room.

Exploratory Lab

Exploratory Lab is located on 2nd floor of the east building in the Phenomena Gallery. This lab contains new hands on activities for learners of all ages every month. See the visitor guide for current monthly theme.

Keep an eye out for our traveling scientist!
DCS staff will be out periodically performing short, live, interactive demonstrations
or activities. Enjoy watching, listening, participating and asking questions all
while learning and having fun.

Science Demonstrations

Science Demonstrations are short, live, interactive demonstrations. DCS staff will have you watch, listen, and ask questions while you learn and have fun! Most of the time these will be located in the Exploratory Lab, but please listen to the announcement at 11:30am and 3:30pm daily

Gallery A


Share in the history and fascination with one of the world’s most famous highways. America’s Road: The Journey of Route 66, sponsored by Aaron Sachs & Associates, includes photographs, narrative, music, and antiques on display that celebrate the rich history of America’s beloved Mother Road.  The exhibit will be open from Thursday, June 1 through Saturday, September 30, and is appropriate for all ages. America’s Road: The Journey of Route 66 is free with admission. For more information, call 417-862-9910.