The Owensboro Museum of Science and History has one traveling/temporary exhibit gallery and five permanent exhibit galleries; The Owensboro Rotary PlayZeum, SpeedZeum, ENCOUNTER Hand-On, the Wendell H. Ford Government Education Center and The Coal Mine Gallery. An additional 2 permanent galleries, the ORIGINS Natural History Gallery and the RiverHeritage History Gallery, are in the construction phase. In-depth educational programming, developed in accordance with state educational content requirements and guidelines, is offered with the exhibits in each gallery. Please visit the Programs page for more information.
Sponsored and constructed by the Owensboro Rotary Club, opened in November, 2005 to record crowds. The indoor playground gives children ages 10 and under the opportunity to play in a colorful, themed environment based on local landscape and history. Playground components include crawl tubes and bridges, a riverboat, train, train station and tree houses.
SpeedZeumA gallery dedicated to motorsports, local racing history and the amazing successes from racing athletes who hail from Owensboro and the surrounding area.
ENCOUNTER ENCOUNTER, our "hands-on, minds-on" gallery, is a true “edu-tainment” experience. The young and young-at-heart can make a magnet bridge, tell a story in the puppet theater, experiment with the Bernoulli Effect or leave a “permanent” image in our shadow room.
Wendell H. Ford Government Education CenterThe Wendell H. Ford Government Education Center, founded by U.S. Senator (retired) Wendell Hampton Ford, is dedicated to engaging citizens of all ages in the governmental process. Visitors can learn about Senator Ford’s long career in local, state and national government while learning about our dynamic, participatory form of governance.