Discover Your Inner Inventor
This automaton does what I want it to!
I built this automaton myself
LEDs, batteries + fuzzy parts = digital bling
Learning how to build a simple structure
Automatons creating art
Course all laid out
Ready to roll!
Tinkering with tops
Tinkering with circuits
Tinkering supplies for your creations
Let your imagination soar in our wind tubes!
A collection of tops
Open Sunday – Friday 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Family Science Saturdays 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Tinkerers’ Club 10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
The Tinkering Studio will be closed Tuesday, January 27, through Friday, January 30, while we relocate to the Main Gallery. We will reopen the Tinkering Studio in its new location on Saturday, January 31, as the Tinkering Studio: Don't Try This at Home! We'll have more supplies, more tools and more space for you to do what you can't do at home. Join us to dream, design, create, experiment and enjoy!
Guests of all ages can follow in the inventive footsteps of Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell and Leonardo da Vinci in the new and improved Tinkering Studio! Work together with other Fleet visitors to experiment and collaborate on creative activities designed to spark curiosity and foster exploration. Make origami and Spirograph artwork, design and construct simple mechanical toys from recycled materials, build marble “roller coasters” using tubes and ramps or create “digital bling” using colorful LED lights, batteries and accessories. These are just a few examples of the activities you'll find in the Tinkering Studio.
The Tinkering Studio was made possible by a major gift in honor of Grace and Jeffrey, and generous grants from the Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation and the Mandell Weiss Charitable Trust.
*Hours subject to change. Please inquire upon your arrival.