Children's Museum

Mon-Sun 10am–5pm

Children playing with makeshift cars in a test course.


Roll up your sleeves and explore many things that drive, fly and roll in this space!

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  • Take our real SmartforTwo car for a test drive, then fill the gas tank and wash the windows
  • Build fantastic vehicles with roller blade wheels and blocks embedded with magnets, and test them on our 37-foot test course

A small boy plays and smile at a huge rubber tire.

  • Play a game of hide-and-seek inside giant five and seven-foot tall tires weighing nearly 2,000 lbs. each
  • Climb up to a second level on a rope net and come back down on a corkscrew slide
  • Launch parachutes off a vertical conveyor that climbs towards the upper reaches of the domed room
  • Use a pulley system to return parachutes from the ground level to their second-floor launch pad
  • Climb aboard Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Trolley for a ride
  • Send toy cars down a custom raceway you build from interchangeable track pieces

The Art Here

Design Matters

Using sustainable practices in this space also helps to retain its garage-like authenticity.  Many of its original surfaces were kept intact during the Museum's 2004 expansion, including the brick walls and the projection screen of the former Buhl Planetarium.

The tire chairs and the giant tire sculpture in the Garage are examples of upcycling, repurposing discarded items into something of worth. 

Related Field Trips

Pumps and Pulleys

Visiting Tips

Download the file below for visiting tips for before and after your visit to the Garage.