When the Earth ShakesButterfly Station and GardenScience on a SphereEstelle H. Womack Natural History Collection Seasonal Exhibits

When the Earth Shakes
Now open!
Explore the science of earthquakes, tectonic plates and tsunamis, and find out what earthquake engineers are doing to make our world safer.

Immerse yourself in interactive earthquake exhibits. See the fast-paced videos of engineers working to make our world safer by using amazing tools and technology to test and improve building techniques and materials. Explore the science of tsunami waves.

 This exhibition was developed by Sciencenter in Ithaca, New York, with funding from the National Science Foundation and NEES, the National Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation. 

Butterfly Station and Garden
Available April through October
Tour through our Butterfly Station and Garden to view some of nature’s most beautiful creatures! Find out which type of caterpillar certain plants attract, learn the best methods to attract butterflies and get inspired to create your own butterfly garden.
Discover your butterfly IQ! Test your ability to identify different butterfly species and learn about the types that live in the area with our guide sheet.

Before your flight from the Museum, check out a wide selection of butterfly-inspired items in the gift shop!

Do you and/or a friend have talents to share in the Butterfly Station and Garden? Call 434.791.5160 for volunteer opportunities that will take you to new heights!

Permanent Exhibits

Science on a Sphere®
Science on a Sphere® uses computers and projectors to display animated data on the outside of a 6-foot-suspended globe. The sphere shows dynamic images of Earth’s terrain, atmosphere and oceans as well as the Hubble Telescope’s latest imagery of other planets, moons and beyond! Science on a Sphere® was made possible through a generous donation from NASA. Additional funds were provided by Danville Regional Foundation.

Estelle H. Womack Natural History Collection
Journey through three diverse collections about life on Earth and discover everything from vegetation to the world’s most dangerous predators!

Explore Life Along the Dan as you uncover the local fauna and flora in a captivating display. Continue your travels across three continents to walk alongside the Hunters and the Hunted – make sure you watch your step! Round out your journey by digging into Fossils and Minerals and More – Oh My! and finding pieces of the past from across the globe.

Fundamentals of Science
Unlock the secrets of biology, gravity, friction, force, light and magnetism! Discover how your genes make you unique, make sparks fly as you check out electricity and learn about orbits as you launch balls. Embark on a scavenger hunt with a team or challenge yourself to find the answers found in the Museum – it’s fun for learners of all ages!

Sproutsville & Oh! Zone
Step into a small-scale town that is perfect for children ages 3 to 7! Featuring a stage and puppet play area, a loft and a lighthouse, these budding scientists will love playing with building blocks and magnetic shapes before investigating light and color.