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50. ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum

Education and entertainment go hand-in-hand at ScienceWorks Hands-on Museum, 1500 E. Main St., in Ashland, with opportunities to laugh and learn available to all ages thanks to a host of attractions and summer camps at the 15-year-old facility.

ScienceWorks is an interactive science museum founded in 2002 as a private response to a crisis in public science education. The museum is home to more than 100 interactive exhibits, and it hosts themed weekends and fun science programs year-round.

ScienceWorks has three main exhibit halls: the Science Gallery, Discovery Island (for kids 5 and younger), and DaVinci's Garage tinkering studio. It has hands-on activities and live animals, including a bee hive, in its Discovery Lab, along with outdoor exhibits including the Climb Through Time climbing wall, an Echo Tube and Geometry Playground climbing structure.

Featuring interactive science exhibits, live demonstrations and performances, ScienceWorks is ideal for explorers of all ages. Exhibits touch on a multitude of fascinating phenomena — exploring energy, anatomy, chemistry, perception, motion, engineering and more. Performances and activities change frequently, offering something new every time you visit. To see what's coming up, see the calendar at scienceworksmuseum.org or call 541-482-6767.

ScienceWorks also offers summer camps from June 19 to Aug. 25, broken up by grades. New this year is a Junior Academy for rising fifth- to seventh-graders.

In the fall, winter and spring, ScienceWorks is open Wednesday-Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. But from Memorial Day to Labor Day, the museum turns to summer hours and is open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission costs $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and children 2-12. Admission costs $1 the first Sunday of every month for nonmembers 2 and older, unless otherwise noted on the museum's calendar. Visitors must have one adult for every five children in their group.

Messiah Gilbert, 7, of Williams, interacts with a plasma ball at ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum. [Mail Tribune / file photo]