Thursday, October 27, 2011

Liberty Science Center

Liberty Science Center
 is an interactive science museum and learning center located in Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey.
The center, which first opened in 1993 as New Jersey's first major state science museum, has science exhibits, the largest IMAX Dome theater in the United States, numerous educational resources, and the original Hoberman sphere, a silver, computer-driven engineering artwork designed by Chuck Hoberman. The museum opened with another artistic exhibit that is related to the sciences, Jim Gary's Twentieth Century Dinosaurs sculpture exhibition, as the exhibit on the ground floor. [1]



Liberty Science Center completed a twenty-two-month, $109 million expansion and renewal project on July 19, 2007.[2] The expansion added 100,000 square feet (9,300 m2) to the facility, bringing it to nearly 300,000 square feet (28,000 m2).[3] However the amount of exhibit space slightly decreased with the expansion as all the new space added is open space such as queue lines for the ticketing office. It also has state-of-the-art surround sound, and also one of the world's best picture screen in the IMAX dome.
Liberty Science Center's exhibitions include:[2]
  • Skyscraper! Achievement and Impact - the largest exhibition on the subject of skyscrapers in the world - with artifacts from the World Trade Center, a walk along an I-Beam two stories above the exhibition floor, an earthquake-shake table, a glass-Schindler 400A mid-rise Traction elevator, which is open to show how the elevator moves, the machine room, and the pit, and much more.
  • Eat and Be Eaten - this exhibit of life animals explores the predator-prey relationship, offering lots of live animals including deadly vipers, amazing puffer fish, and scores of other creatures.
  • Communication explores human communication in four areas—body and language; symbols, signs, and writing; print, audio, and video; and signals and networks. Here you can also do Language Karaoke, where you are taught to say phrases in a new language: Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, Spanish, or Cockney.
  • Infection Connection - helps guests understand how individual actions may affect global health issues. You may ride the IC Express, which shows a film about different types of infectious diseases.
  • I Explore - an age-restricted area, where guests under age six and their caregivers can explore aspects of the world around them through water play, a microscope, a large climbing structure, a street scape, and a rock xylophone - made from hanging rocks that ring like bells when struck.
  • Our Hudson Home - teaches guests about the wildlife and ecology of the Hudson River.
  • Wonder Why - holds many of the original exhibits from the earliest days of the museum
  • Energy Quest - explores different energy types and the technologies to harness these.
  • Wildlife Challenge - a seasonal outdoor exhibit in which guests can take part in a variety of physical activities, designed to simulate different animals' environments. Activities include balance beams, and a zip line accessible only to guests that can hold onto a rope for at least ten seconds.
  • Traveling Exhibit - Various exhibits on display. The first exhibit since the center re-opened was Islamic Science Re-Discovered. A recent traveling exhibit was Goose Bumps! The Science of Fear, where guests saw how they would react when they were exposed to creepy animals, loud noises, electric shock and the fear of falling. The exhibit explored why their bodies reacted the way they do. Liberty Science Center is currently hosting "Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age" until January 9. This exhibit uses video installations, hands-on interactive displays, life-sized models and fossils to teach more about the extinct mammals. Between October 16 and November 10, the exhibit showcased Lyuba, the world's best preserved woolly mammoth specimen.[4]

Jennifer A. Chalsty Center for Science Learning and Teaching

In July 2007, the new Jennifer A. Chalsty Center for Science Learning and Teaching opened. It is a 20,000-square-foot (1,900 m2) facility extending over the entire former Invention Floor of Liberty Science Center, with six laboratories, a 150-seat theater, and other resources for teachers and students. Here educators can upgrade science teaching skills and find peers to help strengthen science instruction in the classroom, while students can participate in intense, multi-day or single hour programs to ignite interest and skills in science exploration.[5]


  1. ^ Kolata, Gina. "Science Gets Its Chance to Dazzle"The New York TimesJanuary 221993. Accessed December 302007.
  2. a b Kitta MacPherson. "Innovation & Inspiration" Newark Star-Ledger, Oct 4, 2006.
  3. ^ Liberty Science Center Expansion Project, accessed January 30, 2007
  4. ^ Smith, Olivia (2009-04-21). "Baby mammoth Lyuba, pristinely preserved, offers scientists rare look into mysteries of Ice Age"Daily News (New York).
  5. ^ Osowski, Jeffrey. "Enliven the art of teaching science", New Jersey Education Association Review, February 2006.

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Jérôme CHAUVET said...

Hi Steve,

Thanx for pointing out this Science Center.

The Museum I work in is far from having such an high-quality equippement, but it is constantly improving, which is good as well.

In 2013/14, we may have an expansion of the exhibition and a special facility for (risky) chemistry shows.

Anyway, I'll probably give the reference to my managers and colleagues, in case they did not hear about it.


Steven Colyer said...

It's basically NYC's Science Museum, as well as NJ's. It's right across the Hudson from the tip of Manhattan. The view is great, the NYC skyscrapers, Ellis Island, and the Statue of Liberty are very close by.

NYC also has the Hayden Planetarium, which was my favorite place as a kid, and Queens has The Hall of Science, from the 1964-1965 World's Fair (as you know the first World's Fair was in Paris to celebrate the completion of your Eiffel Tower), which in many ways I like better than Liberty; the HoS has an excellent Mathematics wing. Search for Hall of Science on my blog.

Anyway, job searching in the USA for over 40's is next to useless and I need a job. I may shoot for this place next week.

Jérôme CHAUVET said...

Anyway, job searching in the USA for over 40's is next to useless and I need a job. I may shoot for this place next week.

Oh shit: don't say that! I find it hard to admit this, dear Steve. You are soooooo open minded and interested in nearly every sciences, with a lot of creativity. I really do think you qualify for tons of jobs.