In the late 1890s, Kellogg Switchboard & Supply Company started selling this standard series wall model telephone. It features a mouthpiece, separate ear receiver, hookswitch, hand crank, and bells. A high quality instrument at the time, it was easily integrated into the home with its stylish oak cabinet. Over the past 100 years technology has… Continue reading
Petrified wood is a fossil that is formed when the original internal plant material is replaced by minerals. The minerals crystallize within the cellular structure of the log or tree over centuries. Some specimens of petrified wood have been so accurately preserved to still resemble wood that people do not realize they are fossils until… Continue reading
Wayang Kulit is a type of play performed in Indonesia using shadow puppets. The art form began as early as the 9th century, and feature intricate rod puppets like this one made from softwood and painted animal hide. The plays are not just a form of entertainment, but also serve as an important medium of… Continue reading
This shell comes from a species of large sea snail, the green abalone. The outer brown shell layer has been removed to reveal the beautiful mother-of-pearl underneath. Did you know that the green abalone can live up to 30 years or more? They live in shallow water under rocks, in rock crevices, and other hidden… Continue reading
Made by Kenner as part of their Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back collection, the Yoda hand puppet (complete with white hair) had a good likeness to the legendary teacher of the Jedi Knights. Just like the puppet from the film, all this hand puppet needed was a helping hand and some imagination to bring… Continue reading
This brass lantern was designed to hang under the eaves of Buddhist temples and shrines in Japan. Shaped like a pagoda, it has hinged doors and a traditional Japanese design etched on its six sides. Originally introduced from China around the 8th century for use in Imperial palaces, these lamps became popular fixtures to light… Continue reading
Called a Lotus shoe, this type of shoe was worn by women with bound feet. Foot binding was practiced for one thousand years in China. It was a painful process designed to make the feet smaller. Not only were small feet the ideal, but they were also a status symbol. This shoe is only five… Continue reading
Watch this special behind-the-scenes collections tour with our Collections Manager, Kristina Hampton. This tour focuses on our medical collection and as you might imagine, many of the items have a unique place in St. Louis history. This tour was part of a virtual member event that took place in April 2020. Connect with curiosity!
In 2019, the Saint Louis Science Center renovated the OMNIMAX® Theater. In this time-lapse video, you can watch as the projection booth is transformed. The old 70mm film projector is removed and the new IMAX® with Laser projector is installed. The OMNIMAX theater was closed from August to November 2019 while this work was done.… Continue reading
The Science Center’s Collections Department cares for and preserves a wide variety of artifacts, some of which may surprise you! From animals to fossils, ancient pottery to meteorites, space toys to medical tools, here you can discover a selection of wonderful things from A-Z. Connect with curiosity!