Gateway Science Museum

Current Exhibits

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Animal Architects: Build Challenge

December 21, 2019 - January 19, 2020

Many animals build homes for shelter, feeding, or raising their young. Animal homes can be simple or complex, large or small. From spider webs to mice burrows, and nests in trees, there are so many kinds of homes! Challenge yourself to build different types of homes using recyclable materials in our pop-up makers space. 

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Albatross: Life on the Wind and Sea

September 8, 2019 - February 9, 2020

Albatrosses have been misunderstood by humans throughout history, blamed for bad weather on ships, and ridiculed for their clumsy gait on land. Family-friendly traveling exhibit Albatross: Life on the Wind and Sea dispels myths and sheds light on lives of these large seabirds, of which three species are found in the Northern Pacific.
 
Hawai’i artist and author Caren Loebel-Fried reveals the story of an imagined nesting Laysan Albatross through her intricate and colorful block prints. Loebel-Fried spent five weeks on the small Northwestern Hawaiian islands of Midway Atoll, working amongst hundreds of thousands of nesting Laysan, Black-footed, and Short-tailed Albatrosses. While on Midway, Caren counted nests with a census team and researched for her artwork for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Her artwork and story originally appeared in the book A Perfect Day for an Albatross, published by Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s publishing wing, and has been verified for accuracy by biologists.
 
Albatross: Life on the Wind and Sea is an exhibition from Caren Loebel-Fried and the Seymour Marine Discovery Center and is traveled by Exhibit Envoy.
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Beauty & The Beast: California Wildflowers & Climate Change

This exhibit will be on display in the Newberry Gallery beginning May 26, 2018 and through Fall 2019.

Exquisite photographs of California's wildflowers bring awareness to the beauty of the Golden State - as well as to the dangers facing our natural habitats from climate change. All geographic regions of California are highlighted in this stunning show, from the high alpine "rock gardens" above 11,000 feet in the Sierra Nevada Mountains to Death Valley National Park's below-sea-level environment.

The exhibit features 7 different sections: Mountains, Coastal, Desert, and Central Valley regions, the power of fire and renewal, a behind-the-scenes look at capturing these images, and an overview of California's geographic regions - those diverse and delicately balanced ecosystems supporting spectacular explosions of nature’s color. Most importantly, these beautiful images address how climate change and other human impacts effect California's wildflowers.

Photo credit: Carson Pass, El Dorado National Forest by Rob Badger and Nita Winter. This exhibition by Rob Badger and Nita Winter originated at the San Francisco Public Library and is traveled by Exhibit Envoy.

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Arthropods in the Discovery Room

There are so many kinds of arthropods! Insects, spiders, crabs, centipedes, and shrimp are all examples of arthropods. Explore the ecology and biology of arthropods with hands-on activities in our Discovery Room.