CSU, Chico News

Gateway to Open With New Fall Exhibits Sept. 29

Date: 09-06-2012

Joe Wills
Public Affairs
Robert Larkin
Gateway Science Museum

Gateway Science Museum has new exhibits featuring rockets, gold and the American West, opening Sept. 29, noon to 5 p.m. and running through Dec. 30, 2012.

Occupying the Newberry Gallery, Gold Fever: The Untold Stories of the California Gold Rush” examines the frenzied rush to the gold fields overland and by sea, and the shaping of California’s future. This exhibit features 24 photo-mural panels that present 1,000 square feet of fascinating text and representations of primary documents, photographs, daguerreotypes and Gold Rush era paintings.

Local artifacts pertinent to Butte County’s history will be added by Gateway Science Museum to focus attention on our local community’s experience of the turbulent era. Explore the myths and realities of the Gold Rush through the efforts of Gateway and local gold enthusiasts. “Gold Fever! The Untold Stories of the California Gold Rush” is a traveling exhibition tour organized by Exhibit Envoy in partnership with the Cal Humanities.

In the James W. Cornyn Valley Gallery, “Third View, Second Sights: A Rephotographic Survey of the American West” features photographs which document over 125 years of geologic, environmental and cultural changes throughout the American West. This revealing exhibit results from the work of internationally acclaimed artists Mark Klett and CSU, Chico's Byron Wolfe, who visited and rephotographed over 109 landscape sites, all subjects of 19th century American western survey photographs.

The excitement continues with another new fall exhibit located in the North Gallery, “Take Flight,” an aviation extravaganza devoted to the creative exploration of flight. Here, visitors can discover the principles of lift, drag, gravity and more while tracing the evolution of humankind’s voyage into the skies. Visitors of all ages can try their hand at the Paper Airplane Launchers, the Hoverport, the Rocket Launcher and other fantastic flight experiences.

Gateway Science Museum has added artifacts and photographs from local aviation history, as well as constructed a working hands-on wind tunnel demonstration that will blow your socks off! The “Take Flight” exhibit is based upon work supported by NASA, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Rockwell Collins.

To purchase tickets, donate to the museum or for more information, call 898-4121 or visit www.gatewayscience.org. All proceeds will benefit Gateway

Science Museum’s future exhibits and educational programs.

Gateway Science Museum is located at 625 Esplanade (next to Bidwell Mansion), and is open Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 5:00 p.m.

For more information about this topic contact Robert Larkin, marketing coordinator for Gateway Science Museum, at 530-898-4121 or gatewaysciencerl@gmail.com