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Presidential Library & Museum

Discover World

Discover the World Right in Your Own Backyard!

This hands-on interactive science center takes visitors on a scientific journey through the past, present and future. Travel back to the time of the dinosaur at the Natural History Island. Visit our animal friends at the Ecology Island, and capture your shadow in Fascination Station. Alice the Allosaurous welcomes you to the past at the Natural History Island.  As you explore the area you can participate in a simulated fossil dig, revealing evidence of dinosaurs and other life from the Mesozoic and Paleozoic eras.  A focal point of the Natural History Island is an authentic mastodon skeleton, whose fossilized remains were discovered in the Canton area during excavation for an apartment building.

Paleo-Indians called Nobles Pond in Jackson Township home around 11,000 years ago.  This replica of a Paleo-Indian hut was recreated from information gathered around Nobles Pond.

The sprawling branches of a white oak tree envelope Ecology Island.  Water trickles down the rocks and feeds the ponds, alive with fish and turtles.  Within the Ecology Island visitors can take a closer look at life both on land and in the water, and can learn how ecosystems work and why they are so important to the balance of nature.

Inside Fascination Station you will discover hands-on physical science activities for the young and young at heart.  Capture your shadow, experience the power of electricity and discover the properties of light and magnetism.  There is something for everyone in Fascination Station!

Discover World

Discover World Photo Gallery

There is something for every interest represented in Discover World. Kids and adults alike can enjoy the hands-on experiences of learning with our interactive displays.

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