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Gateway Science Museum

Current Exhibits

Closed Until Further Notice

Gateway Science Museum is closed until further notice in an effort to support social distancing and stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

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Mission Aerospace

Mission Aerospace is a temporary exhibition that explores the history of flight, navigation and NASA's vision for the future.

Join us as we experiment with thrust, lift, control surfaces and gyroscopes. Build rockets and paper airplanes, then test them for distance and air-dexterity.  Launch your rocket to Saturn, your plane to Sydney, or toward your career at NASA!

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Minotaur Mazes

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Wildflowers, Watercolor & Wonder: 
The Edward Stuhl Collection

Edward Stuhl (1887 –1984) was a Hungarian-born hiker and painter who settled in the Mount Shasta region in the early 20th century after traveling throughout Germany, eastern Europe, and Mexico. Stuhl spent much of his life hiking and camping throughout northern California and Mt. Shasta. He carried with him a pack full of paintbrushes and canvases, documenting the flora he encountered through watercolor paintings that are still used by naturalists as visual guides to northern California wildflowers.
 
Wildflowers, Watercolor & Wonder: The Edward Stuhl Collection is an exhibition featuring Edward Stuhl's original watercolors housed today by California State University, Chico’s Meriam Library’s Special Collections.  Exhibition of a selection of his botanical watercolors in combination with plant specimens from the Chico State Herbarium will invite visitors to explore themes of botanical art and local and regional natural history.
 


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Ocean Commotion in the Discovery Room

The ocean is Earth's largest habitat! The ocean's salty waters cover more than 70% of Earth's surface. Marine animals include fish, sharks, crabs, eels, coral, sponges, whales, squids, seals, and so much more! Some animals live close to the ocean's surface and other dive deep into the ocean's depths. In this exhibit, you will learn why these marine habitats are important and why we should protect them!