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The Best Way to Visit the Liberty Science Center Right Now

The Best Way to Visit the Liberty Science Center Right Now

The Liberty Science Center is open to the public with a variety of COVID-19 safety precautions to keep you and your family safe.

Known as New Jersey's first major state science museum, Liberty Science Center is quietly tucked away in Liberty State Park, albeit a stone’s throw from downtown Manhattan and accessible within New Jersey via Light Rail. 

Liberty Science Center has been serving the community for over two decades providing interactive, educational fun for generations of families and children, and it’s home to the largest IMAX Dome Theater in the Western Hemisphere. This four-floor, nearly 300,000-square-foot facility appeals and caters to children and adults of all ages, be they a science aficionado, a budding botanist, a tech enthusiast, an animal-lover, or just a person looking to spend the day in one of the most entertaining, enthralling, thought-provoking museums in the NYC area.

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How Liberty Science Center is Keeping Guests Safe During the Pandemic

In response to the pandemic, Liberty Science Center has established health and safety guidelines to protect your family from coronavirus. These safety measures include:

  • The building’s capacity is limited to less than 25 percent. It’s strongly recommended you purchase tickets online in advance to ensure you’ll be able to visit at your desired time. 

  • The ability to purchase parking vouchers online in advance 

  • All guests ages 2 and older must wear face masks for the entire visit.

  • Guests must maintain proper social distance; LSC recommends leaving strollers and bulky items at home as elevator capacity is limited and lockers are currently unavailable.

  • Hand sanitizing stations are located throughout the building.

  • The café is closed and guests are encouraged to enjoy food and beverages at the outdoor picnic tables. 

  • QR Code maps that can be accessed from your phone that include LSC’s floor plan and live demonstration schedule, 

  • Staff members are required to wear face masks and have their temperatures checked daily.

  • Daily disinfecting and sanitizing protocols are increased.

  • The air quality in the building is improved with air filters recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Current Exhibits at Liberty Science Center

When visiting the Liberty Science Center, be sure to check out the following exhibits. 

Temporary Exhibits at Liberty Science Center

These exhibits are only here for a limited time, so don’t miss your chance to see them!

Beyond Rubik’s Cube
Learn all about the world’s bestselling puzzle toy and pop-culture triumph when you visit Beyond Rubik’s Cube! Experience games, puzzles, history, art, and engineering, all inspired by Ern? Rubik’s best-selling masterpiece. Visitors will get to control a Rubik's Cube the size of a car, try to stump a Rubik’s Cube solving robot, invent puzzles at the Cube Prototype, and more! And be sure to check out the 8-foot-tall mural of NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci made completely out of Rubik’s Cubes—1,036 of them to be exact! Admission to Beyond Rubik's Cube is included with the Recommended Combo ticket or can be added for $6 when purchasing general admission tickets. This exhibit closes April 19.

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit.
It’s a beautiful day at Liberty Science Center when you visit Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit. Your little ones will be transported to the neighborhood of Make-Believe where they’ll recognize scenes from the beloved animated series and feel like they really are in Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood—from making music at the Music Shop and reading in O the Owl’s Reading Nest to visiting the Post Office and writing or drawing a thank-you note for the Thank You Tree! And with lyrics from popular Daniel Tiger “strategy songs” posted around the exhibit, parents will find themselves humming along as they travel from station to station. Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit is open to children ages 6 and younger and is included with general admission. This exhibit closes May 9.

Wild About Animals Celebration
Are you wild about animals? Then you'll want to visit this temporary exhibit! You can watch butterflies flutter among some of their favorite flowering plants; test your animal-like skills; learn how hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies carry pollen from plant to plant, helping to produce flowers and fruit; and maybe even pick up some unBEElievable new dance moves from the honey bees when they show other bees how to find nearby flowers! This exhibit runs March 27 through May 9.

Permanent Exhibits at Liberty Science Center

Other exhibits to get excited about include:

  • Making Mammoths: See a woolly mammoth replica and learn about efforts being made to bring back mammoths! Included in general admission. 

  • Infinity Climber: Crawl into an adventure in the world’s first suspended climbing play space of its kind! 

  • Wild About Animals: See more than 100 animal species, including naked mole rats, red-footed tortoises, and a rose-hair tarantula! 

  • Microbes Rule!: Step into a microscope lens and discover these microbes in a new way.

  • Our Hudson Home: The Hudson River is home to thousands of species. Discover the importance of this river and how environmental preservation efforts and smart technologies ensure this natural resource continues to thrive.

  • Boom Time: Who doesn't like to watch things explode? Experience liquid nitrogen explosions of things like watermelons, bouncy balls, and more!

boom time exhibit at liberty science center

  • Hoberman Sphere: Watch as hundreds of scissor-like connectors expand and contract the globe throughout the day.

  • Energy Quest: Explore surface, bio-stored, nuclear, geo-thermal, and ocean energies, and learn how we harness that energy from various sources.

  • Kitty Hawk Flyer: This vertical take-off and landing vehicle is powered by 10 fans and was designed to give people the ability to glide 3-10 feet above the water. 

  • Pixel Art: Make fun patterns and art on this giant wall installation! It’s made of 952 pixel dials, each containing more than 1,000 possible color combinations which you rotate to turn on.

  • Skyscraper!: Discover the mechanics of elevators, build your own skyscraper to test its response to earthquakes, learn about skyscrapers’ effects on culture, and more.

  • Bees to Bots: Peer inside the museum’s bee hive to see real honey bees at work, then learn how these insects are inspiring inventors.

  • Universe Revealed: Take a selfie with some of the most gorgeous sights in the universe captured by the Hubble telescope.

  • Communication: Learn about the origins and history of human language and explore the physics behind some of the technology we use today.

  • 1 Million Volt Tesla Coils: See the pair of Tesla coils that were donated to the museum by magician David Blaine (they were used in his 73-hour endurance stunt in NYC), and learn about Nikola Tesla, a pioneer of electric power. 

  • Wonder Why: Have fun with various activities inspired that celebrate the joys and wonders of science, including making minerals glow, exploring optical illusions, and more.

wonder why exhibit at liberty science center

Visiting Liberty Science Center

Where is Liberty Science Center located?

The Liberty Science Center is located in Liberty State Park at 222 Jersey City Blvd., Jersey City, NJ.

When are Liberty Science Center’s hours?

Liberty Science Center is open Thursday-Friday, 10am-4pm, and Saturday-Sunday, 10am-5pm.

How can I get to Liberty Science Center?

You can drive to the museum, or you can take public transportation from NYC:

  • PATH Train: Take the train to the Pavonia/Newport or Exchange Place station and transfer to the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail ($2.75 per ride).

  • Hudson-Bergen Light Rail: Take this train to Liberty State Park station and follow the signs to the sidewalk under the New Jersey Turnpike overpass ($2.25; $1.10 children ages 5-11; free for children ages 4 and younger with any paying passenger).

  • Liberty Landing Ferry: Take the ferry from the World Financial Center to Liberty State Park. LSC is approximately a 20-minute walk from the ferry terminal (round trip: $14; $12 seniors; $10 children ages 6 and younger).

Is there parking at Liberty Science Center?

Yes! Visitor parking is $7 per day. Parking can be purchased in advance, which is highly recommended. 

How much is admission at Liberty Science Center?

  • Recommended Combo (includes general admission, Beyond Rubik’s Cube, and a theater show): $36.99; $31.99 children ages 2-12

  • General admission (includes all exhibits, free science demos and labs, and all-day admission): $24.99; $19.99 children ages 2-12

  • Create a Combo (and add as many premium shows and exhibitions as you wish to your general admission ticket, including Beyond Rubik's Cube and theater shows): general admission, plus $6 per addition

Can I become a Liberty Science Center Member?

Of course! The museum offers three levels of annual family membership options, all of which include unlimited admission for one year, single-use passes for planetarium shows and premium exhibits, special discounts, and more.

Is Liberty Science Center on social media?

Liberty Science Center is on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Snapchat.

For more information, visit Liberty Science Center’s website, or call 201-200-1000


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