More than half of the Museum's 130,000 square feet of exhibit space will be transformed during the life of The Campaign for the Museum of Science, and with the relocation of the main Information Desk, an open lobby will greet visitors and offer an unobstructed view of the Charles River.
Centered on the museumgoer's experience, key enhancements to all levels of the garage entrance and the concourse will improve initial wayfinding and visitor services. New skylights in the Blue Wing will bring natural light to our Exhibit Halls, and new finishes from floor to ceiling will refresh and contemporize our décor.
Building on the Museum's use and exhibition of the Wind Turbine Lab and Solar Photovoltaic Cells, the Campaign's sustainability priorities include installation of a cistern and swale system to harvest and cleanse rainwater from our rooftops for use in our restrooms. In addition, the Museum's parking garage will benefit from a greenwall makeover, with live vegetation that will decrease storm water runoff and provide a layer of natural sound insulation and cooling shade.
From evidence in the Charles of fishing weirs fashioned by Native Americans 4,000 years ago to the construction of the dam on which the Museum stands, technology and design have had a profound impact on regional wildlife. Located in the lower lobby, the Charles River Gallery will tell the story of the basin's natural habitat and the engineered urban development of Boston and Cambridge. With the Charles River Gallery, indoor exhibit space will connect with the outdoors to illustrate the link between the natural and human-made worlds in and around the Museum of Science.
We need more scientists and more people to understand science and realize how it impinges on our lives — and how important science is to keep our world going. The Museum brings science to so many people, which is crucial for the public and particularly for youngsters looking for careers.
Being an Exhibit Halls interpreter — demonstrating science and technology on the Museum floor — is an amazing experience. My favorite demonstration is Tumbling Wings. It's a low-tech interpretation, just a folded piece of paper and a cardboard square to demonstrate aerodynamics and sink rate, but it always draws a crowd. I've learned social skills and leadership skills as a Museum intern that are applicable in and out of school.
Cambridge Rindge and Latin School Class of 2012
SciCORE Exhibit Interpretation Intern since 2009
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