MUSEUM IN WASHINGTON, DC

Today's Hours: 10:00 am to 7:30 pm
Independence Ave at 6th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20560
Phone: 202-633-2214

Science Demonstrations

Science demonstrations are presented on a first-come, first-served basis throughout the day.

Location: Throughout the Museum.
Duration: 20 - 25 minutes.
Schedule: Daily schedules are posted outside gallery entrances.
Groups: Group of 10 or more may reserve a demonstration in advance.

Today's Schedule:

1:30 pm:

Forces of Flight

How do lift, weight, drag, and thrust affect everything flying in Earth's atmosphere and space? Learn what a force is, test your strength against air pressure, explore Bernoulli's principle, and investigate different forms of propulsion. Discover how things fly while experimenting with the four forces of flight.

2:30 pm:

Space Station Sensation

What is the International Space Station (or ISS)? Discover what countries are involved in the operation of the ISS, where it's located, and what do astronauts do on it. Explore the challenges astronauts face in a microgravity environment, while living and working onboard the largest construction project ever in space.

3:30 pm:

Inventing the Airplane

What is an airplane and why does it have that distinctive shape? Discover what challenges the Wright brothers overcame to make the first sustained, powered, and controlled flight. Explore the fascinating events and engineering feats that lead up to the historic moment humans first flew in an airplane.

4:30 pm:

Forces of Flight

How do lift, weight, drag, and thrust affect everything flying in Earth's atmosphere and space? Learn what a force is, test your strength against air pressure, explore Bernoulli's principle, and investigate different forms of propulsion. Discover how things fly while experimenting with the four forces of flight.

5:30 pm:

Paper Airplane Contest

How do you control an airplane? Explore the concept of stability while making and test flying a simple paper airplane. Use weight to balance your paper airplane and compete against other visitors for the coveted title of "Top Gun" and a special prize. No experience necessary! All materials provided.

6:30 pm:

Space Station Sensation

What is the International Space Station (or ISS)? Discover what countries are involved in the operation of the ISS, where it's located, and what do astronauts do on it. Explore the challenges astronauts face in a microgravity environment, while living and working onboard the largest construction project ever in space.