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Gateway Science Museum To Launch New Fall Exhibits

Date: 09-02-2010

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

Gateway Science Museum will launch its fall 2010 exhibits, A Forest Journey and Nature’s Numbers, with a weekend of museum events starting Friday, Sept. 10, when it reopens with its fall and winter hours.

A Forest Journey and Nature’s Numbers will help visitors explore the world of trees and math in nature. A Forest Journey features interactive exhibits exploring how people, animals and trees all depend on each other for survival. Visitors will discover the four types of forests found on our planet, uncover how trees are used in products we use every day and learn about the types of medicine derived from different species of trees.

“Our fall exhibits are going to bring an exciting set of activities for kids of all ages to discover at the Gateway Science Museum,” said Acting Executive Director Rachel Teasdale.

Nature’s Numbers gives visitors firsthand experience investigating the presence of math in nature. The pattern of spots on a dog, the delicate symmetry of butterfly wings and the ruggedness of a coastline all involve math. This playful, hands-on exhibit lets visitors discover geometry in snowflakes, explore logarithmic spirals in seashells and touch textured patterns, which demonstrates that math can be felt and not just seen.

Another exhibit the museum will be debuting is A.O. Carpenter: Photographer of the Mendocino Frontier. This exhibit provides stunning images from the late 1800s that chronicle the logging, shipping and agricultural industries of Mendocino County.

Weekend events commence with a members-only preview Friday, Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to noon followed by the opening to the general public at noon. Saturday events include activities for kids in the Education Station, photo opportunities and more. Sunday is Grandparents Day, and there will be special hands-on activities available to grandparents and grandkids.

A Forest Journey and Nature’s Numbers are exhibitions developed and produced by The Franklin Institute. The A.O. Carpenter: Photographer of the Mendocino Frontier exhibition was organized by the Grace Hudson Museum, City of Ukiah, California, in association with the California Exhibition Resources Alliance.

Gateway Science Museum will be open Sept. 10, 2010 to Jan. 23, 2011, Wednesday – Friday, noon to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is located at 625 Esplanade. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children and free for museum members. For more information, please visit www.gatewayscience.org.