Learning Lab

Learning Lab

The CHM Learning Lab is the Museum’s newest space. 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.

Organized into four unique spaces, the Learning Lab encourages interaction and connection at every stop.

Learning Lab - the Hub

The Hub

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.
Learning Lab - The Lab Inside the Lab

The Lab Inside the Lab

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 Museum staff and partners.
Learning Lab - The Imaginarium

The Imaginarium

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.
Currently on Exhibit
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 (b. 1950), they capture his personal journey with technology and art.
Inquire with our front desk about demonstration times.
Learning Lab - Harlan E. Anderson Arena

Harlan E. Anderson Arena

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.

Learning Lab Donors

Visionary Contributors

Harlan E. Anderson Foundation William and Flora Hewlett Foundation The David and Lucille Packard Foundation Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation


Gene and Patricia Carter Oracle Susan Wojcicki and Dennis Troper


Gordon Bell Severns Family Foundation


Google Symantec Foundation


David N. Cutler