Visitors: 155,775 in 2016

DHDC Exhibits

Explore over 8,000 square feet of hands-on, fun and interactive learning opportunities from both national and international touring exhibits and select permanent exhibits from the DHDC collection. Exhibits change every fall, spring and summer, providing visitors new discoveries every visit!

Traveling Exhibits

January 28-May 14

Young children become movers and shakers in Little Builders! Children age 7 and under create, play, and learn as they explore the concepts of construction, motion, and simple machines. Hand operate a pulley or conveyer belt to explore cause and effect. Turn the wheels of a gantry crane to transport cargo and discover mechanical physics at work. Operate a child-sized crane to hook, lift, and move objects and materials. Build structures with blocks, pipes, Duplo® blocks, and gears, while learning about size, weight, shape, balance, gravity, and stability. Insert balls into air chutes and see them shoot through clear pipes to experiment with aerodynamics. Build and Construct to your heart's desire in this back-by popular-demand exhibit.
Little Builders is created and toured by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. Little Builders is generously sponsored by The Panhandle of Texas Chapter of The Associated General Contractors of America. 

January 28-May 14

Discover Something Strange! There’s lots of stuff to study in materials science, because everything around you is made of materials: like the metals in bicycles, the plastic in your contact lenses, the glass in computer monitors, and the foam in your running shoes. Materials scientists work with the tiniest bits of matter - molecules and atoms - in order to improve stuff or even create completely new materials that can do amazing things! Become a materials scientist yourself: test stuff, break stuff, mix stuff, heat stuff...and discover how STRANGE matter can be! 
 

Strange Matter is produced by the Ontario Science Centre and is presented by the Materials Research Society. This exhibition and its tour are made possible by the generous support of these national sponsors: NSF, Dow, Ford Motor Company Fund, Intel, RioTinto Alcan, and 3M. This local presentation is made possible by Amarillo National Bank, Public Steel, Owens Corning, and A1 Insulation.

January 28-May 14

Just like your muscles, your brain needs exercise too. Brain Teasers 2 features a variety of intriguing brain teasers—from mathematical conundrums to mind-boggling block puzzles—for visitors of all ages. To solve these puzzles, visitors use creative-thinking and problem-solving strategies, such as looking for patterns, logical reasoning, thinking ahead, setting aside preconceived ideas, and looking at problems from different perspectives. Think of this exhibit as brain training to become the next break-through scientist or inventor! 
Brain Teasers2 is created and toured by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and is generously sponsored by Pak-A-Sak.

Permanent Exhibits

Your visit to the DHDC will not be complete without meeting some furry and scaly friends. From a Bearded Dragon and Tarantula to a friendly snake we call ’Pinky’, Critter Row introduces guests to animals that come from different regions all around the world. Get an up-close look at these interesting creatures and you may even get an opportunity to touch one of them. Our trained Science Guides occasionally take the animals out to mingle.
Designed for our youngest scientists, KinderStudio is a permanent exploration space for children ages 0-6. Interactive, imaginative play areas feature a climbing structure, tumbling space with mats, a lighted performance stage, hands-on manipulatives (blocks, tubes, and toys) and raw materials for creative play (i.e. shells, pine cones and popsicle sticks).  
Located just outside the Space Theater, The Space Gallery is dedicated to exploring weather conditions on Earth and beyond. Multimedia presentations reveal real-time data regarding weather conditions on Earth and explore the science of common weather phenomena. Interactive displays examine space weather concepts such as auroras, solar flares and cosmic rays and uncover their effect on the Earth. 

Seasonal Exhibits

Dig and sculpt your own landscapes and see how the typographical map changes. Hold your hand out flat to make it rain and see how the water reacts to the terrain. The Interactive Sandbox is used to create topography models by shaping real kinetic sand, which is then augmented in real time by an elevation color map, topographic contour lines, and simulated water. The exhibit teaches geographic, geologic, and hydrologic concepts such as how to read a topography map, the meaning of contour lines, watersheds, catchment areas, levees, etc.
ExploraZone engages learners of all ages with hands-on stations exploring a wealth of physics concepts, including force and motion, energy transformation, mechanics and perception. Visitors can construct and investigate the movement of a catenary arch, explore the science behind optical illusions, discover properties of periodic motion or examine the math behind movement.
Revered as divine messengers, prized as hunting companions, celebrated as symbols of power and reviled as scavengers and deadly killers, raptors are a diverse group of species whose survival is fundamentally linked to humans. Through both diamoras featuring these majestic birds and interactive learning stations, visitors will examine both the biology and ecology of birds of prey. Hunters of the Sky also examines issues of raptor conversation, challenging guests to confront the values and choices that threaten the very survival of these magnificent creatures.  
Planetary Landscapes examines landforms and the changes they undergo over time. Hands-on exhibits and colorful graphics allow visitors to explore common landforms and the forces that create change to the earth's surface such as volcanic eruptions, continental rifts, wind, water, and ice. Visitors can also investigate the similarities and differences between landforms on Earth and those found on the surfaces of our celestial neighbors.
Imagination Playground is designed to inspire children-directed learning. Giant blue foam blocks of all shapes and sizes, oversized cogs, wheels, spools and tubes stimulate creativity in children of all ages and inspire them to invent their own ways to play. Kids work together to create original structures and make up their own stories, rules and games. Younger learners practice skills such as hand-eye coordination; fine motor development; spatial awareness and foundational math and science thinking while older kids experiment with concepts of force, inertia, gravity, simple machines, measurement and geometry.  
From a giant tennis ball launcher to a table top parabola, Bounce reveals how much there is to learn from a simple sphere. The exhibit features 35 hands-on learning stations which rotate on and off the exhibit floor providing visitors with new learning opportunities during every visit. A favorite with scientists of all ages, Bounce allows visitors to discover concepts of geometry, optics, sound, force, motion, acceleration, inertia, simple machines, planetary motion and more.