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
Join us in the Tinkering Studio to channel your inner Leonardo da Vinci or Thomas Edison and explore a full spectrum of STEAM activities: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics. Guests of all ages are invited to work collaboratively on daily projects and challenges that are designed to help you innovate, think critically and expand the limits of what can be created.
Explore re-use and sustainability through material challenges with cardboard, plastic, playing cards and more.
Create bridges, marble tracks and simple machines using recycled materials and studio supplies.
Design paper sculptures inspired by origami, kirigami, geometry, topology and abstract art.
What will you invent today?
Come Innovate With Us
Tinker Without Borders
In the Fleet Theater Lobby.
Activities free with paid gallery admission.
Make Your Own Cardboard Automata
By The Tinkering Studio
Building automata is one of our favorite activities at the Tinkering Studio. It is a great way to explore how cams and levers work as well as how to incorporate movement into your art. Automaton tells a story through its motion.
Simple automata are easy to make. We like to use cardboard boxes as a frame, but you can also use other materials such as wood or plastic cups. There are many types of automata. Look on the web for many inspirational works by automata artists who create these amazing moving machines.
For more details and step by step instructions, check out our blog!
Tuesday–Friday: 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.*
Saturday: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.*
Sunday: 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.*
*Hours subject to change. Please inquire upon your arrival.
Have questions? Contact us!
Tinkering Studio Workshops:
Tinkerers’ Club: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
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.