YES! There is actually a museum to celebrate math; a museum filled with dozens of hands-on, interactive puzzles, challenges, and activities that celebrate all facets of mathematics. Located across the street from Madison Square Park, the National Museum of Mathematics opened in 2012 and welcomes visitors of all ages through daily family friendly activities, field trips, after school programs, enrichment workshops for teachers and students, and a museum that is open all year.
Our favorite Ways to Explore the Museum of Mathematics:
- Spin the chair inside the cylindrical chamber to create curves in the Hyper Hyperboloid
- Roll over uniquely shaped acorns for a smooth ride on the Coaster Rollers
- Pedal a square wheeled trike round and round in the circular track
- Keep the pace in the full body velocity challenge in Motionscape
- Figure out the fastest track for the cart by adjusting the path in Tracks of Galileo
- Position the basketball shooter just right to make the shot in Hoop Curves
- Design your own symmetric pattern in Polypaint
- Create original designs in both Tessellation Station and Water Frieze
- Try collecting the exact number of balls in each tube in Mind Over Matter
- Take a seat in the Enigma Cafe and try some of the brainteasers
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Disclosure: My family was given a media pass to explore the museum; all opinions expressed are my own.