The Science Center @ MHDM

This learning space is dedicated to early STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).  Exploration of these areas helps children to develop critical thinking skills and to make connections to the world around them.

Link, Lift, Launch. With exhibits on flight, magnetism, rockets, and building, this space encourages open problem solving, collaboration and critical thinking. Children and adults will have fun linking, lifting and launching in this new exhibition.  Exhibit areas feature special “Challenge Cards” to encourage deeper investigation into STEM topics.  

WonderDome is an immersive play space that features nine interactive sensory exhibits involving light and color. Children can create light-art using brightly colored acrylic rods while developing fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. The Light Waterfall, offers soothing, color-changing floor length strands of LED fiber optics. WonderDome is designed to give children, parents, caregivers and therapists more options for using the children’s museum for both therapeutic and explorative play.  


WonderDome: Reactor Cube

Explore light and color while making designs and patterns using acrylic pegs in this giant 3D light box.


WonderDome: Explore Inside

Discover all that’s inside the WonderDome!

Smiling girl wrapped in color changing fiber optic strands

WonderDome: Light Waterfall

Surround yourself with ever-changing color in a curtain of cascading fiber optic strands.

Boys building giant wooden structure together

Link, Lift, Launch: Rigamajig

With over-sized planks, pulleys, bolts and rope, Rigamajig encourages you to design and create giant structures.

Boy proud showing his Keva building creation

Link, Lift, Launch: Keva

What can you build with KEVA planks?  How strong is it?  Come test your engineering skills!


For Parents and Caregivers

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Support and Partnerships

The Science Center @ MHDM was developed with major support from:

IBM Corporation

Jeannette F. Schlobach Charitable Trust

Founding Members of The Science Center @ MHDM include:

Council of Industry

Central Hudson Gas & Electric

Dutchess Community College

Earth Angels Veterinary Hospital

Daniel Freedman and Christine Chale

IBM Corporation

Jeannette F. Schlobach Charitable Trust

Marist College Department of Teacher Education

Poughkeepsie Journal

R.L. Baxter Building Corporation

Selux Corporation

Sholes & Miller, LLP

SUNY New Paltz School of Science and Engineering

SUNY New Paltz School of Education

For more information, contact Christine Bissen, Campaign Administrator at