The Institute’s newest educational exhibition and experience space, exploreLAB, makes its debut in late fall 2017. Themed, hands-on activities, objects from the Institute’s collections, changing installations, and rotating experiences create a learning and exploration environment unlike any other. Both public and field trip programming are available.

exploreLAB kicks off with an immersion into the world of dinosaurs: discovering them like a paleontologist would and learning about what it takes to reveal a dinosaur. Use archeological tools to expose real dinosaur bones, brushing away millions of years of earth to expose bones from the Late Cretaceous Period (69-66 million years ago). Open displays include highlights from the Institute’s own collections including 200 million-year-old dinosaur tracks. Investigate fossil beds representing the Triassic, Cretaceous, and Jurassic periods in on-site dig boxes. Learn about the process of fossil reconstruction using teeth, eggs, coprolites, feather tracks, and other components to reveal a dinosaur, and much more.

Programming in exploreLAB will be available weekends throughout the year, with daily hours during the summer.