The Current Science Studio will open to the public June 25
Facebook sponsored the new 2,500-square-foot gallery with a generous $255,000 grant. Facebook’s investment in these innovations will impact thousands of children who come to the Museum annually for field trips, as well as hundreds of thousands of Museum visitors.
Anchoring the new exhibit space will be Science On a Sphere®(SOS), a giant global display system suspended from the ceiling developed by NOAA. The large, interactive sphere will be among the highest resolution anywhere in the world. SOS can display more than 1,500 views of Earth, planetary systems, and other animations. Science On a Sphere® presents images of Earth’s atmospheric storms, daily cloud maps, ocean temperatures, and outer space images.
The exhibit will reflect current events and can transform the presented topics within a few seconds. All components, including holograms and high-resolution displays will be connected to one theme for either self-exploration or a tour with a Museum guide. Virtual content will be created by Museum staff and partners. One such partner is the Smithsonian Institution, which is providing three new virtual galleries from intern efforts this summer.
In addition to the Current Science Studio, the Museum will reopen the Children’s Museum, Noble Planetarium, DinoLabs, DinoDig®, and the rotating history galleries. Located on the second floor, the Cattle Raisers Museum will also reopen and will feature the brand-new exhibit Rural Women by artist Gary Ernest Smith. The Omni Theater and WaterWorks, however, will remain closed.
Following the public reopening, the Museum will be open Friday and Saturday from 10 AM – 5 PM and Sunday from Noon – 5 PM, reserving the weekdays for the Museum’s Little Scholars Program and Field Trips.
To stay informed about the Museum’s upcoming programs, visit the Museum’s website at fwmusuem.org.
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The Museum was established in 1941, is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institute. Anchored by its rich collections, the Museum is dedicated to lifelong learning. It engages guests through creative, vibrant programs and exhibits interpreting science and the history of Texas and the Southwest. For more information, visit www.fortworthmuseum.org.