Going Places exhibit: Open May 21-September10, 2017

Open Wednesday–Sunday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., May 21–Sept. 10
Included with your admission. Free for Members.

Explore the Technology of Transportation!

We humans have developed many modes of transportation to get us around much faster than our legs alone could ever take us.

Explore how differing modes of transportation have shaped society, then get hands-on with a multitude of challenging interactives. Fly a plane, ride a hovercraft, race your friend on a recumbent bicycle, or learn to fly an airship. Plus, get a glimpse into new science, and find out and how we humans might get around in the not-so-distant future.

YOU are the driver in Going Places’ interactive exhibits—providing the chance to experience transportation in ways you never dreamed possible!

How do you get around?

From the planes that fly us around the world in a matter of hours, to the vehicles that help us move around our community every day, get hands-on by exploring the various types of transportation that we humans use to get around.

Student points at a three-dimensional Planet Earth while another student works the controls.

Explore a Virtual Earth

Visitors walk into the exhibition through a real metal detector. Can you find your city on our three-dimensional Planet Earth? Rotate it and explore the world in miniature, then consider the amazing technology that enables us to explore the globe.

Flight Simulator

Climb aboard a flight simulator and pilot a plane through the skies. You’ll find there’s a lot more to it than simply turning left and right.

Rock the Boat

Packing a cargo ship is not easy. Visitors will attempt to prevent capsizing while loading blocks onto a ship. Factor in the center of gravity, buoyancy, and efficient packing arrangements—then get ready for some hilarious results!

Two girls cycle against each other on recumbant racers

Recumbent Racer

Which is best: recumbent or racer? Race a friend to find out which type of bicycle travels fastest up and down hills and how professional cyclists reduce their aerodynamic profile to get the fastest times.

Vehicle Jigsaw

It’s time to find out just how much fuel your V-8 engine with 31-inch rims is using. Choose from aerodynamic profiles and also engine and wheel types, then pit your car against the raceway to find out just how far you can go on a tank of fuel.


Got that sinking feeling you’ll never get a chance to see or fly an airship? Don’t despair, as this fleet of airships is awaiting your instructions. Find out just how difficult they are to fly accurately, and why you might be seeing more of them in the future.

Aeroplane Mobile

Use your powers of discovery to get the giant “aeroplane” mobile to spin. Want a clue? Solar technology is involved.

Children having fun racing their land yachts.

Land Yacht

Sailing is not only for the seas. Try your luck at sailing a land yacht against perilous winds. Traveling downwind is easy—but can you sail into the wind? You’ll need to use angles, and of course ingenuity.

Which technology powers the various modes of transportation that we humans use every day?

Get hands-on with these exhibit elements and learn how technology helps move us humans, our goods, and much more, all around the world.

Older student points out the Big Engine display to a younger student.

Big Engine

Bang! Rrrrrroar! Those are the sounds of a giant engine roaring to life. See how air and fuel are used to create thrust, and why the modern engine is one of the cheapest and most efficient energy providers on the planet…for now.

Luggage Loader

Connecting the right luggage to the right people is a major challenge at airports. Test your own sorting and packing skills in this high-tech game, and find out how using mathematics makes traveling easier.

Sit Down

Take a seat in a whole range of scientifically designed seats. From the racing car that protects and supports drivers at high speeds, to functional and durable public transport options, you’ll enjoy exploring various options.

A young student tries to shift the heavy weight with air.

Shifting Steel

Did you know the same principles of moving people can also be used to move heavy objects? See if you can shift our heavy weight on nothing but air.


Hop on board a hoverdisk and float across the floor. Learn how the cushion of air allows hovercraft to travel across roads, sand, water, and more.

Virtual Train Controller

Can you get the most train passengers to the central station? By controlling the track intersections, you must pick up the passengers and direct the train to that station before your opponent gets there. But be careful not to crash into each other! The more passengers are dropped off, the faster the train goes, so you must use quick reflexes to keep it running.

How does human transportation affect the world around us? And how can you make a difference?

Reflect on the ways that you get around and how your actions directly affect the world around us.

A child answers questions on the display for Transport Footprint.

Transport Footprint

Just how much carbon do you produce in your everyday travels? Take the carbon challenge to find out what impact your travel is having on the planet and how some simple changes in your lifestyle can reduce your carbon footprint.

Design Your City

How will future vehicles help us travel around our planet? Do you have an idea for the next big transport invention? What would your dream car look like? What about our future cities—how will they operate? We want your ideas!

Learn While You Play!

In addition to the 17 exhibits, the exhibition comes with eight information kiosks presenting videos, photographs, and in-depth information for visitors who want to know more about particular exhibits. Kiosks are provided for the following exhibits:

  • Flight Simulator
  • Land Yacht
  • Aeroplane Mobile
  • Big Engine
  • Hoverdisk
  • Rock the Boat
  • Airship
  • Recumbent Racer

A child looks through the display on the info kiosk.