Designed to encourage multiple modes of learning, the Learning Lab contains hands-on activities, thought-provoking exhibits, and space for programs and live events, all meant to make the history and impact of technology accessible and relevant for visitors of all ages, backgrounds, and interests. The Learning Lab accommodates drop-in public access as well as a full calendar of community events and educational programs, workshops, and activities.
Discover the magic of computing and creativity.
The Harlan E. Anderson Arena is perfect for talks, like “Trailblazers of Venture Capital,” featuring Franklin “Pitch” Johnson, William “Bill” Draper III, and C. Richard “Dick” Kramlich.
Conducting Creativity: Orchestrions by Mark Mothersbaugh on exhibit in the Learning Lab.
Activities throughout the space encourage connection and intergenerational learning.
Historical artifacts and stories are incorporated at every stop.
Whiteboard walls provide a canvas for fast prototyping and inspirational messages.
The CHM Learning Lab is a welcoming, innovative space for exploration and discovery.
Exhibits, hands-on activities, and educational resources give all learners new ways to explore technology.
Explore historical artifacts, an interactive wall featuring profiles of inspiring tech innovators from around the world, insights about CHM’s collection from our teen interns, and opportunities for people to share their own insights.
Discover thought-provoking exhibits of art and music, cutting-edge demonstrations, prototypes of technologies in development, or experimental installations of historical or contemporary computing objects and stories.
Conducting Creativity: Orchestrions by Mark Mothersbaugh
An orchestrion (awr-kes-tree-uh n) is a mechanical musical instrument that may resemble an organ but sounds like a full orchestra. These imaginative instruments were popular among German nobility in the 1850s. But for contemporary artist and musician Mark Mothersbaugh, they capture his personal journey with technology and art. Inquire with our front desk about demonstration times.
Deconstruct a computer, solve a coded puzzle, or help us experiment with new exhibit techniques. The Lab Inside the Lab also functions as a space for concentrated work by scholars, educators, and CHM staff and partners.
Amphitheater-style seating serves as a gathering point at the start or end of a program, seating for event attendees, a presentation stage, or a relaxation place for drop-in visitors. The arena is outfitted with digital technologies that allow remote participation, live streaming, audio- and videoconferencing, and filming and recording of all of these.
The arena is named in honor of Harlan E. Anderson (1929–2019). The Harlan E. Anderson Foundation’s support of CHM comes from Anderson’s lifelong commitment to ensuring that everyone has access to quality educational programs.