Launch Lab

Indoor Exhibit
Opens at 10:00 am
Year-Round
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Explore aerodynamics in the Museum’s newest hands-on installations in the Aerospace exhibition. Use common materials in unexpected ways to explore the principles of flight, gravity and airflow.


Giant Wind Tubes

Float, flip, swirl, and spin! Test parachutes, pinwheels, and variety of other objects in one of our five specialized wind tubes. How long can you get your object to hover in the tube?

Paper Airplane Launchers

Take your paper airplane to a whole new level! Explore how different folding techniques affect your airplane's lift and thrust. Turbocharge your paper airplane with our mechanical launchers and watch as your plane glides with precision and speed.

ready, set, launch!

Experiment with wind power as you launch objects out of these tubes. What does it take to hit the ceiling? Can you get your object to hover halfway up the tube?