Science, technology, engineering, and math are at the heart of making things. The Museum’s permanent makerspace, The Forge, harnesses the power of the maker movement and encourages guests to roll up their sleeves and create!
The Forge is a cross-generational makerspace for guests of all ages. Come work together to create solutions and tap into your creativity.
Featuring both a showroom and workshop, The Forge is designed to facilitate the creative process, spark inspiration, and instill the idea that anything is possible.
The WestRock Gallery displays inventive regional products, interactive stations (such as a 500 multi-colored programmable lighting piece), and introduces guests to innovative tools and materials. Additionally, the centerpiece of the space is a large welding robot, taught to draw, that creates masterful artistic renditions right before your eyes!
At the heart of The Forge is our workshop comprising the Sharp Design Studio, workroom and machine shop. This space is equipped with quality traditional tools and the latest technologies like CNC routers, 3D printers, a laser cutter, and much more. This space allows guests a deeper exploration into STEM and making by giving them the chance to participate in hands-on workshops that emphasize tool utilization and skill development.
Workshops are held daily at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. every day in December except for the following dates (December 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31).
Maker Workshops are longer, 45-minute experiences led by Forge Facilitators. These project-based workshops result in a take-home item and are limited to 12 participants. All participants must be 8+ years old or older, and participants under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult.
Advance registration is required. You can add a Forge Workshop to your visit for free after purchasing Museum admission. Click here to get started. You can also register in person at the Guest Services desk or by talking with a Forge Facilitator, subject to availability. See the Workshop schedule at the top of this page or see the Museum's full schedule of programming.
Saturdays at 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.
Members, it’s time to make! Utilize a membership perk, bring your supplies, and flex your creative muscles.
Open making is available to members only and requires reservations. Click below to learn more or reserve your spot.
Maker Challenges are held daily between 10 a.m.–Noon every day in December except for the following dates (December 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 24, 25 and 26).
No registration is required and you can stay for 15 minutes or the full 2 hours! These open-exploration engineering and design challenges are designed for learners of all ages!
Use your creativity and critical thinking skills to build a solution to the a new challenge each month. And on your next visit, challenge yourself to create an even better solution. See our Maker Challenge schedule at the top of this page or see the Museum's full schedule of programming.