Gateway Science Museum

Spring 2020

Mission Aerospace

Visitors were able to explore a walk-in maze and interactive activities to explore the history of flight, navigation, and NASA. A family-friendly traveling exhibitMission Aerospace integrates history and science to understand how helicopters, rockets, airplanes, and other aircraft get off the ground. Visitors got the chance to create their own paper airplanes and test them in a wind tunnel to learn about air-dexterity and distance. Take a trip on a mock runway to simulate a trip to Sydney. Build a rocket and launch it to Saturn to learn about aerodynamics. Experiment with lift, thrust, control surfaces and gyroscopes.

Ocean Commotion and The Ed Stuhl Collection were moved online due to COVID-19 and can be found on our Virtual Exhibits(opens in new window) page!

Ocean Commotion


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. The Pacific Ocean is the largest ocean with the deepest trenchesYou can visit the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California. If you head to the coast, you'll see estuaries, or places where the freshwater of rivers meets the saltwater of the ocean. Along the coast, you'll see tide pools and kelp forests. As we continue offshore you'll see coral reefs, islands, dark trenches and open ocean. In this exhibit, you will learn why these marine habitats are important and why we should protect them!

Wildflowers, Watercolor & Wonder: The Edward Stuhl Collection

Wildflowers, Watercolor & Wonder: The Edward Stuhl Collection is an exhibit in collaboration with CSU Chico's Meriam Library Special Collections. Due to the COVID-19 closure, the exhibit is stored for safe-keeping until we reopen. We invite you to explore our virtual exhibit of this beautiful collection.