Funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation and pronounced “curiosity,” the exhibit explores basic science principles as it promotes creative thinking among younger children through experimentation, play and collaboration. Larger than 95 percent of the standalone children’s museums in the country, “CurioCity” is set up like a village with eight neighborhoods. The exhibit creates an immersive experience for families with younger children. Beyond the 20,000-square-foot “CurioCity” exhibit, Science Museum Oklahoma offers play, exploration and wonder around every corner. With numerous exhibit galleries and live entertainment shows, this Smithsonian Affiliate reveals the wonder and relevance of science in our everyday lives in an engaging and imaginative way.
The main exhibit gallery at Science Museum Oklahoma features more than 100 exhibits spread over 9,600 square feet. Visitors can get hands-on with exhibits that demonstrate the basic principles of physics and how these principles are used in our everyday lives. The main gallery also features a Segway Course, the first of its kind at a museum, where visitors of all ages can take a spin. If spinning around on a Segway isn’t your speed, Science Museum Oklahoma offers a pair of daily shows. “Science Live” combines the excitement of live theatre and the explosive fun of science for one dynamite show. Spectacular performers bring science to life with demonstrations that are guaranteed to blow your mind.
The Kirkpatrick Planetarium offers a look at the night sky with the presentation of “Tonight's Sky.” The professional staff of the Planetarium regularly updates the program to keep up with the ever-changing celestial sights in Oklahoma and the latest news from NASA and the astronomers around the world who study our amazing universe. “Science Live” and “Tonight’s Sky” are included in the price of admission. The temporary exhibit “Tape & Tunnels” will be on display at Science Museum Oklahoma from fall 2015 to spring 2016. The exhibit, created for the Oklahoma Museum Network and funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, features a whimsical space built of repurposed and recycled materials. “Tapes and Tunnels” inspires guests to build, experiment, prototype, create and collaborate. Landscapes of LYCRA®, constructions of cardboard and organic tunnels of packing tape defy imagination and encourage discovery learning.
The do-it-yourself environments within “Tape & Tunnels” inspire artistic expression, thoughtful problem solving and full-body learning. Driven by their own curiosity, visitors explore open-ended exhibits in science, technology, engineering, arts and math.
For those with an eye for the fine arts, The smART Space art gallery explores the intersection of art and science. Currently on display is “Hidden Spaces,” an exhibit of artwork in various media created by Jason Cytaki and Haley Prestifilippo. Cytaki’s large-scale oil paintings and fascinating various-sized dioramas call to mind the secret lairs and hidden places often found in childhood stories of adventure. Prestifilippo’s beautifully detailed small graphite drawings on paper portray an entirely different “hidden space,” depicting a menagerie of animals fused together through an external, organic force. Also opening in smART Space this fall is “MAGNIFIcence,” an exhibit that presents the world in an entirely new perspective. The exhibit features the work of five photographers exploring macro and scanning electron microscope (SEM) photography and offers brilliant images of the world around us, magnified to be larger than life. “MAGNIFIcence” includes works from Bob Sober, Thomas Shahan, Oliver Meckes and Nicole Ottawa, and Christian Bruggeman-Christian.
For the kids, and the kid in all of us, there is GadgetTrees, a two-story treehouse that introduces children to simple machines like pulleys and levers. Kids also get to explore the indigenous animals of Oklahoma in the larger-than-life backyard play area.
Other attractions designed for little hands and fresh minds are Kid Space and Family Space, which prove there is no such thing as being “too young” for science. Little scientists can put on a puppet show, play at the water table, make bubbles or paint their face in a safe and secure environment. Touch, play, learn and explore at stations and exhibits specifically targeted to engaging young minds.
Science Museum Oklahoma also offers the Tinkering Garage, which is an area where families can investigate, experiment, design and create using various materials; Destination Space, where visitors will find a unique collection of artifacts representing the various phases of NASA’s space program; and the Mind Games gallery, which challenges the fine line between perception and reality.
Science Museum Oklahoma offers something for every age and every interest. The museum’s hands-on exhibits bring science to life and offer limitless opportunities for discovery, innovation and creativity.
The museum is open Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Admission is $14.95 for adults and $12.95 for children ages 4-12 and for seniors. Admission includes planetarium and Science Live shows based on seating availability. Children younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information or to plan your visit, check out www.sciencemuseumok.org or call (405) 602-3760.
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