The WonderLab Museum of Science, Health & Technology
Established in 1995, the WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology is located in Bloomington, Indiana and serves nearly 83,000 children and adults from ten counties and beyond annually. Its mission is to provide opportunities for people of all ages, especially children, to experience the wonder and excitement of science through hands-on exhibits and programs that stimulate curiosity, encourage exploration, foster lifelong learning and explore connections to the arts and everyday life.
WonderLab is dedicated to meeting this mission by providing a wide range of captivating, inquiry-based, interactive science experiences for children from pre-K to middle school. The museum takes a proactive role in encouraging effective science teaching in the schools by addressing and meeting Indiana science standards. WonderLab’s goal is to acquaint children with hands-on science at even an early age, to spark their interest and curiosity, develop problem-solving skills, encourage them to stay in school and take science classes, and inspire them to explore careers that involve science, health, technology and education.
WonderLab is a valuable educational and economic resource in south-central Indiana. The museum features over 80 interactive exhibits aimed at pre-K through middle school, special programs and workshops on a variety of themes, special opportunities for teens, professional development for teachers including summer science institutes and in-service workshops, and week-long summer science camps for children entering grades K - 6. The adjoining WonderGarden is a beautiful landscaped nature area for visiting families and school groups, as well as a venue for outdoor science and environmental programming on a year-round basis. The museum and garden are located adjacent to Bloomington’s B-Line Trail in the heart of the Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District.
To make WonderLab more accessible for low-income families, WonderLab's Connecting to the Community program provides free or greatly reduced group admissions to the museum to organizations and schools that serve primarily low-income youth and families, free admission for Big Brothers Big Sisters participants and selected other social service agencies, and free scholarships for camps and workshops. In addition, the museum provides greatly reduced admission on the First Friday of the month, as well as during special days such as Dollar Day and Real Life Science: Examining Medical Careers.
WonderLab offers a broad range of volunteering opportunities for teens, college students, adults and senior citizens, including employees of both locally-owned businesses and national corporations. From assisting visitors in the museum gallery, to working with master gardeners in the WonderGarden, to assisting camp teachers during the summer, to volunteering behind the scenes – nearly 900 individuals invest more than 19,000 hours each year as volunteers at WonderLab.
WonderLab is the recipient of numerous local and regional awards. In 2008, the national publication Parents Magazine named WonderLab as one of the top 25 science centers in the United States.