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New California Science Museum Opens May 31 in Oakland

 

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) will open its newly transformed Gallery of California Natural Sciences in the summer of 2013.

 


Event Date: May 31 to June 2, 2013
 
Oakland, California - The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) will open its newly transformed Gallery of California Natural Sciences in the summer of 2013. Scheduled for opening celebrations Friday, May 31, through Sunday, June 2, 2013, visitors will experience the Golden State’s natural offerings like never before. Showcasing a fresh focus on California’s natural history, the threats it faces, and our relationships with nature, the reinstalled Gallery draws on the museum’s extensive holdings and community resources.  This interdisciplinary gallery will feature relevant art and historical connections alongside repurposed natural science dioramas that merge new multimedia and interactive elements. Visit
www.museumca.org.

 

In the reinstalled Gallery, visitors will experience seven real places throughout California that depict the state’s diversity of climate, geology, habitats, ecosystems, and wildlife, while exploring current research, contemporary issues of land use, environmental conflict, and conservation projects. Innovative displays present the fusion of world-class dioramas with emerging technologies, citizen science projects, and visitor contribution, enabling the new Gallery to tell the story of California’s amazing natural world through the voices of local community members and scientists of these regions, while providing an immersive and intimate experience of the individual habitats.

 

At 25,000 square feet, the vast gallery space is the only museum presentation of its kind to showcase a collective portrait of California’s rich biodiversity alongside human’s interaction with the natural world. These converged storylines are showcased to raise awareness of the state’s environmental pressures that call for a heightened need for environmental conservation and provide opportunities for visitors to become involved in the future of California’s environment.

 

The new gallery project—which has been seven years in the making—is led by a curatorial team that is guiding a group of diverse designers, scientists, artists, builders, and community members, each of whom has made creative contributions to the project. By incorporating different voices into the curatorial process through video interviews, co-creations with community groups, and citizen science projects, the Gallery stays true to OMCA’s dedication to developing innovative exhibition and programming strategies that set a new model for the way a museum engages the public. The result will be a Gallery that exists as a place for authentic individual voices, offering multiple stories and perspectives, and providing a forum for lively discussion and exchange of ideas about our state’s natural world.

 

Continuing OMCA’s dedication to presenting interactive and participatory experiences, the Gallery features ‘loaded lounges’ where visitors can further investigate ideas and concepts, with opportunities for feedback and interactive dialogue; ‘investigation stations’ where visitors can take a deeper look at the animals and issues using the tools and perspectives of naturalists and scientists, open areas for in-gallery programs and events; and the flexibility to bring in dynamic new ideas, artifacts, and exhibits over time. Current conservation issues, and the science to solving them, are embedded throughout the exhibits, providing insight into how visitors can be part of the solution to preserve California’s natural world.

 

Web: www.museumca.org
Phone: 510-318-8400


 

 

 

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New California Science Museum Opens May 31 in Oakland
Oakland, California - The
Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) will open its newly transformed Gallery of California Natural Sciences in the summer of 2013. Scheduled for opening celebrations Friday, May 31, through Sunday, June 2, 2013, visitors will experience the Golden State’s natural offerings like never before. Showcasing a fresh focus on California’s natural history, the threats it faces, and our relationships with nature, the reinstalled Gallery draws on the museum’s extensive holdings and community resources.  This interdisciplinary gallery will feature relevant art and historical connections alongside repurposed natural science dioramas that merge new multimedia and interactive elements. In the reinstalled Gallery, visitors will experience seven real places throughout California that depict the state’s diversity of climate, geology, habitats, ecosystems, and wildlife, while exploring current research, contemporary issues of land use, environmental conflict, and conservation projects. Visit www.museumca.org.

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Oakland Museum of California

Oakland, California

Web: www.museumca.org

Address: 1000 Oak Street, Oakland, CA, 94612

 

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