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Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math

S.T.E.A.M. Learning Lab

The Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) Innovation Lab is now open and will host drop-in events every day. The Lab is designed to provide students, teachers and visiting families with enriching hands-on STEAM learning experiences. For more details and a schedule of events in the STEAM Innovation Lab, please visit our calendar and search by "Event Type/ STEAM."

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Thank you to our STEAM Innovation Lab founding sponsors Thermo Fisher Scientific, The Roger R. and Theresa S. Thompson Endowment Fund, Granite State Development Corporation and the Horne Family Foundation.

Yellow Submarine


Identify the creatures that live here in the Gulf of Maine.

Operate the periscope to secretly search the museum above you. Identify mysterious deep-sea sounds at the listening station, and use sonar to measure your distance from approaching objects.

Take a shift at the propeller or take a break and choose a bunk.

Go for a 'swim' outside of the submarine and scare away the fish on our Motion Sensor wall.

Build It! Fly It!

Fascinated by flight? Learn about aerodynamics and exercise your creativity in our Build It, Fly It exhibit.

Start at the construction station and engineer your own flying machine using colorful foam pieces in a variety of shapes.

Next, place your unique invention onto a 30-foot vertical, hand-powered conveyor system and crank it up through the rafters.

Watch as your creation is released at the very top to see if it flies, flutters or falls.

Following in the footsteps of scientists and inventors, you can then redesign and retest your flying machine to try and improve your results. Anyone can be an engineer in this fun and creative environment.

More Flight Fun:

Try out our Bernoulli Blower in the corner of Build It, Fly It, underneath a giant sculpture of a rocket ship! Bernoulli’s principle, named after Daniel Bernoulli, is all about air speed and pressure and relates to the science of flight. Kids can explore this concept by introducing balls of different densities, and scarves into a steady flow of air and observing what happens!

Then enjoy airplane cockpit with an instrument panel for imaginative play is being constructed and will be installed soon in the corner opposite the Bernoulli Blower.

Light! Shadow! Action!
An Interactive Classroom

Lights! Shadow! Action! is an interactive classroom incorporating low-profile interactive technology that can quickly transform a classroom to an exhibit space with a flip of the switch.

  • Create colorful designs with Everbright, an interactive LED light wall for all ages with a 4-foot by 4-foot grid of hundreds of adjustable color dials that rotate endlessly in either direction through the color spectrum.

  • Explore color mixing with light at the Additive Mixture “Shadow” exhibit, which shines red, green and blue LED lights onto a white wall to create a white light. When any of those light beams are interrupted, it creates a different color shadow on the wall.

  • Move and groove with “BEAM,” a virtual playground of sight and sound that features rotating games for different ages and skill levels. There are no moving parts, just your body interacting with the 5-foot by 8-foot game projected on the floor.

Thank you to the generous exhibit sponsors including:

Roger R. & Theresa S. Thompson Endowment Fund

Samuel P. Hunt Foundation

Abbie F. Moseley Charitable Trust

TD Bank Foundation

Music Matrix

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Explore and experiment with Music Matrix, an interactive sound sculpture full of shapes and colors. By gently placing your hands flat on different areas of the wall, you will magically create 40 different musical sounds. Combine the sounds to compose your own music, or "jam" with your friends.

Look across to Sound Watch to see what sound waves look like. As you place your hand on each Music Matrix panel, corresponding sound waves dance across a plasma TV screen at different frequencies and illuminate a network of brightly-colored, pulsating lights.

Gallery 6


On view June 25 through October 16, 2022

COLOR WITH THE ARTIST: Saturday, June 25, 10-11am or 1:30-2:30pm

Sandy Steen Bartholomew has a lot of toys. Like, a LOT of toys! The New Hampshire artist and illustrator decided to create a challenge for herself to draw one of her toys every day for a year. A selection of drawings from this colorful and whimsical collection, along with some of the inspiring toys, will debut at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire’s Gallery 6 starting Saturday, June 25 with a “Color with the Artist” event. Guests visiting CMNH will get to meet Sandy, chat with her about her toys and her art, and draw and color with her too! Twelve drawings and two toys were chosen for every month of her “Year of Toys” to be displayed in the Gallery 6 art exhibition, including Hasbro’s “Weebles” from 1973, a 13-inch-tall Michelangelo Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle figure from 1989, and a 3 ¼ inch tall Polly Pocket dressed as Wonder Woman from 2010. A full-color magazine that Sandy has created to celebrate her "Year of Toys" will be available for sale in the Museum gift shop, or you can purchase it online here directly from the artist.


Gallery 6 exhibitions celebrate and promote the arts in New Hampshire and beyond. The gallery space is designed to blend into the Children's museum of New Hampshire Studio space where children's artwork hangs, connecting the playful creativity of children to the serious investigations of artists. Our high-caliber exhibitions are often based on a theme that has relevance to other Children's Museum of New Hampshire exhibits, that promotes creativity or is of particular interest to families.

The Children's Museum of New Hampshire schedules 4-6 exhibits a year and has these exhibitions planned many months in advance.

Gallery 6 is open during regular Children's Museum of New Hampshire hours and there is no charge to view the exhibit. (Those wishing to visit the rest of the Children's Museum of New Hampshire as well must pay regular admission.)

Gallery 6 is supported by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, Georgia-Pacific, TD Charitable Foundation and the Fuller Foundation.


Muse Studio

This art studio features a magnet table, inspiring artwork and fun technology for story telling.

Each month, Children's Museum of New Hampshire educators present new themed activities in the Muse Studio, where visitors can use their imaginations to create and explore. Each theme will have projects suited for both younger and older children to enjoy.

Thinkering Lab

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Here, visitors take on the roles of designer and engineer. Visitors are encouraged to take risks and make discoveries as they put their own stamp on their creations and test their theories in the world.

Coin Maze


An old favorite exhibit has taken on new life, thanks to a generous donation from Holy Rosary Credit Union. The Children's Museum of New Hampshire's Coin Maze, a popular spot where children drop in pennies and dimes to watch them tumble through obstacles, was redesigned in February 2015.

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"We are thankful to Holy Rosary Credit Union for sponsoring the creation of a new, re-imagined Coin Maze exhibit for the Children's Museum of New Hampshire,” said Jane Bard, President of the Children's Museum of New Hampshire. “For more than a decade, children and adults have delighted in this Rube-Goldberg-type exhibit. Holy Rosary's generous support has allowed us to improve our visitor's experience and add a new component of financial literacy to the exhibit."

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