Design Zone: Behind the Scenes

On Exhibit January 28 – April 30, 2017

Video Games … Music … Roller Coasters

Visitors can go behind the scenes and see how video game developers, music producers, roller coaster designers, and other creative problem solvers use math to do amazing things.

Action Area

Art Area

Music Area

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Museum Admission

Adults: $9 | Ages 4 – 14: $6 | Ages 3 and under: Free
ABD Museum members/ASTC reciprocal: Free

Admission includes all exhibitions in the galleries plus the Hall of Ideas.

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Alden B. Dow Museum Hours

Current Hours

Now – May 27, 2017

Tuesday CLOSED
Wednesday 10 am – 4 pm
Thursday 10 am – 8 pm
Friday 10 am – 4 pm
Saturday 10 am – 4 pm
Sunday 1 pm – 5 pm

Spring Break Hours:
March 27 – April 9, 2017

Monday 10 am – 6 pm
Tuesday 10 am – 6 pm
Wednesday 10 am – 6 pm
Thursday 10 am – 8 pm
Friday 10 am – 4 pm
Saturday 10 am – 4 pm
Sunday 1 pm – 5 pm

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Hall of Ideas

Connecting through Interactivity

Three levels make up the fun, permanent interactive Hall of Ideas designed especially for toddlers through grade school students. This handicap-accessible space traces the spiraling evolution of civilization in the Great Lakes Bay Region. Advancing through each level, visitors learn about Michigan’s geological formation and early inhabitants, and explore the interconnection of science and art. Learn more…

Design Zone Special Events

STEM Explorer Nights!
Thursdays from 6 pm to 8 pm | Included with museum admission
Fun, hands-on activities facilitated by local STEM professionals.

Saturday Design Studio
Saturdays from 11 am to 2 pm | Included with museum admission
Work as a team to creatively meet each month’s unique challenge! Drop-in format; for families with children ages 6 and up.

Super Science Day
February 11, 2017 • 11 am – 3 pm | $4; does not include optional Museum admission
Explore science over 20 hands-on demo stations. Open House format. Ages 4 and up. Sponsored by Arbury Insurance Agency

Scout Nights
March 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 2017 • 4 – 8 pm
Scouts in uniform just $5! (includes a souvenir patch)

March 2, 2017 • 5 – 8 pm | FREE with RSVP (call 800-523-7649)
Female professionals share personal stories of inspiration and why they love their STEM careers. Includes pizza party and Museum admission. Ages 10 and up.
Sponsored by American Chemical Society Women Chemist Committee

SVSU Mobile Research Lab Experience Open House
April 6, 2017 • hours: | FREE
Learn about water chemistry and biology and why it’s important to protect.
A partnership with Dow Science & Sustainability Education Center

FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. Expo
April 8, 2017 • 10:30 am – 12:30 pm | FREE
Local teams exhibit their creations on the theme “Creature Craze”!
Sponsored by Nexteer


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Press Kit

Includes Press Release & Hi-res images

Other exhibitions on display in the Alden B. Dow Museum

Water, Rain and Fog

January 14 – April 2, 2017

Invitational exhibition featuring artists from across America who revel in the complex difficulty posed by artistically representing liquid and water.

Sponsored by Tri-Star Trust Bank

Contemporary Masters of Marine Painting

January 14 – April 2, 2017

A who’s who of masterful painters, many notable members of the American Society of Marine Artists.

Sponsored by Tri-Star Trust Bank

Sandra Gottlieb: October Waves

January 14 – April 2, 2017

The New York-based artist captures the ephemeral nature of the sea – from peaceful and calm, to tumultuous and angry – in 40 large-scale photographs that are in essence character studies of the power and beauty of waves.
Exhibition organized through Katharine T. Carter & Associates.

Sponsored by Tri-Star Trust Bank

Thank You to our exhibit sponsors!

Media Partners

The Oregon Museum of Science & Industry

Exhibition created by The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry