Black Holes: Space Warps & Time Twists at the Springfield Science Museum

Black Holes: Space Warps & Time Twists

January 30, 2010–May 9, 2010 Springfield Science Museum » Second Floor » Changing Exhibits Gallery

Springfield Science Museum, Changing Exhibits Gallery, Second FLoor

Embark on a mission to the edge of a black hole in this special exhibit. Black holes are regions in space with gravity so powerful that light cannot escape, and where time and space are warped in unimaginable ways. But if black holes don’t emit light and can’t physically be seen, how do scientists know anything about them? Discover how the latest research is turning science fiction into fact in this interactive exhibit co-designed by teens.


The Black Holes adventure is designed like a space mission. Pick up your Black Holes Explorer’s ID card and use it throughout the exhibit to collect discoveries and record them on a personalized website. At the conclusion of your mission, you’ll board an excursion pod and set off for the enormous black hole at the center of our galaxy. The challenge is to pilot your pod to an alien spacecraft wreck at the edge of the black hole and dive down to discover its hidden treasure. But be careful – you don’t want to be left behind when your galactic cruise ship departs or fall into the black hole itself!


$3 special exhibition fee per person for all visitors ages 3 and up in addition to museum admission.


Sponsored by United Bank.


Black Holes: Space Warps & Time Twists was produced by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and funded by NSF and NASA.


View related school programs