CSU, Chico News

Gateway Science Museum Opens Summer Season June 18

Date: 06-11-2012

Rachel Teasdale, Acting Executive Director
530-898-4121 rteasdale@csuchico.edu
Joe Wills, Public Affairs Director
530-898-4143, jwills@csuchico.edu

Explore the life of California grizzly bears and investigate how simple objects work with Gateway Science Museum’s summer exhibits opening June 18 with new summer hours, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday.

In the North Gallery, visitors will discover the history and life of one of California's most beloved and feared animals, the grizzly bear, with “Bear in Mind: The Story of the California Grizzly.” Now extinct in the state, the grizzly has been very important to California's history, so much so that it’s the central icon on our state flag. Through this exhibit visitors can explore a bear den, create their own grizzly world with colorful books and puppets, learn to identify the different types bears that call California home and much more.

Gateway’s Newberry Gallery has been transformed into a multimedia, hands-on learning playground the whole family will enjoy. Step into “Explore & Explain,” where visitors will see people of all ages from throughout the North State on video screens that explain how they believe simple objects work. While visitors watch an explanation on the video screen, they’ll have the same hands-on experiment right in front of them. They can then test to see if the explanation provided via video is correct or if they can explain it in a different way. Visitors will also have the chance to step into a video recording booth so they can film their own explanation of how objects work. New visitor videos will then be added to the those in the exhibit.

Continuing in the Valley Gallery is “Keeping Company with Flowers: A Glimpse into the World of Pollinators.” More than 50 photographs of pollinators in wild and garden settings vividly portray the relationship between flowers and their many kinds of pollinators.

“Bear in Mind” is an Exhibit Envoy traveling exhibit developed in partnership with The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, and Heyday Books, and is made possible by generous grants from The William Randolph Hearst Foundation and Bank of the West.

Gateway Science Museum summer visitor hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. 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.