ScienceWorks Hands On Museum

Dream Cycles kinetic sculpture outside of ScienceWorks

Dream Cycles kinetic sculpture outside of ScienceWorks

1500 East Main Street
Ashland, OR

Sometimes, I’m guilty of forgetting to feature all the excellent pit stops in my own backyard! ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum sits just west of I-5 in beautiful Ashland, Oregon. With both permanent and limited-time (featured) exhibits, there’s always something new (and something for every age, from preschool to adult). Explore the Bubble-ology Room, the Pedal-Powered Railroad, the Shadow Wall, and the Water Rocket, or sit down and relax while your little ones play in Discovery Island, filled with water tables, a playhouse full of pulleys and levers, and Coconut Hollow, a forest of trees that launch air-powered balls through vacuum tubes to different spots.

My kids, ages 5-10, can easily spend several contented hours at the museum. Be sure to check the daily schedule when you arrive; there’s often a demonstration or experiment performed in the laboratory!

Date last visited: January 2010

Distance off the interstate: Three minutes

Wednesday through Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday: Noon – 4 p.m.
Summer Hours (June-August): Wednesday through Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday: Noon – 5pm

Admission Prices: $5.00 for kids ages 2-12 ; $7.50 for teens and adults ; $5.00 for seniors 65+ If you think you’ll visit more than three times a year, a membership might be the better option for your family!

Bathrooms: Located inside the museum.

Food Services: Limited snacks are available. For a kid-friendly meal in Ashland, my family’s top recommendation is Munchies, located downtown on the plaza.


Directions: From I-5: take exit 14 toward Ashland/Klamath Falls. Turn right at Ashland St. Turn right at Walker Ave. Turn left at E Main St.
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