CSU, Chico News

Community Celebration Planned for Gateway Science Museum’s First Anniversary

Date: 02-18-2011

Joe Wills, Public Affairs Director
Debra Johnson, Marketing
Rachel Teasdale, Acting Executive Director

The Gateway Science Museum will celebrate its one-year anniversary Sunday, Feb. 27, with a full day of special hands-on activities, giveaways and a Gateway Prize Package for one special visitor.

Museum visitors attending the first anniversary celebration can

  • become a germ detective in the Education Station to see what microbes are left behind when you thought you’d washed your hands. A must for kids! Activity takes place 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
  • explore Bacteria: Seeing Invisible Life with a scientist in the Demo Lab from noon to 3 p.m.,
  • jumpstart spring gardening and grow with us in the Gateway Garden seed packet giveaway,
  • receive a free gift by showing their Gateway Science Museum membership card or by signing up for a museum membership during the anniversary celebration, and
  • enjoy cupcakes and beverages in the museum’s outdoor eco-regions.

The 100th visitor of the day will receive a Gateway Prize Package, including an annual family membership, Gateway apparel, beverage container and a canvas tote.

In addition to the anniversary activities, visitors can explore Microbes: Invisible Invaders…Amazing Allies. The exhibit takes visitors on a journey to investigate the mysterious universe of microscopic organisms—from those that sustain life on Earth to those that threaten our health and even our existence. The interactive exhibit reveals what microbes are (bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa—“germs” to most people), explores a history of infectious diseases and shows how researchers and individuals fight infection worldwide. Microbes: Invisible Invaders… Amazing Allies is sponsored by Pfizer Inc. and produced by Evergreen Exhibitions in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health.

Visitors can also experience the Gateway Science Museum’s first self-produced exhibit, A Big Look at Tiny Things, in the James W. Cornyn Valley Gallery. This photography exhibit showcases images of minerals, human retinas, animal parts and much more as shown through the lens of a microscope.

More than 25,000 visitors have explored the Gateway Science Museum’s exhibits, including more than 4,000 children who came with their classes on field trips.

Gateway Science Museum is open Wednesday – Friday, noon to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and 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.