Science Museum Oklahoma to feature new exhibit


Dennis Gosnell

Assistant Editor

Artist rendering of the interrior of the Science Museum's Oklahoma children exhibit. Image courtesy of Science Museum Oklahoma

Artist rendering of the interrior of the Science Museum’s Oklahoma children exhibit. Image courtesy of Science Museum Oklahoma

The Science Museum Oklahoma recently received a capital grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation to improve the science facility.

The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation has been a big contributor to the science museum for over five years. The foundation has invested more than $22 million in funds, and has recently given the museum a $12 million planning grant.

The museum plans to use these new funds by adding a new children’s exhibit for ages 3-6 and improving interior and exterior facilities, such as a new entryway, and amenities.

In a press release, the museum said, “The new exhibit will essentially be a ‘children’s museum’ within the museum. The exhibit will feature multiple layers of activities designed to educate and inspire the entire family.”

The exhibit will be 21,000 sq. feet, and will emphasize inquiry-based learning in order to introduce young children to science.

The entrance and lobby of the museum will also receive some attention as it moves from its current location to the “west one-third” of the building.

“Careful consideration is being given to every detail from ticketing systems to location of amenities such as stroller rental and restrooms,” the museum said in its press release.

As the museum wraps up their renovations guests will notice a change in the exterior of the museum as there will be “improved parking, and new landscaping” which will also signal the “completion of the project.”

The grant also served to kick off the museum’s $25 million capital campaign that will be put toward the improvement project.

With help from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation the museum has raised $15 million in donations with another $10 million to go.

The museum had 150 guests visit for free Jan. 22 to celebrate the unveiling of artist renderings of the upcoming renovations.

For more information about the project contact the Science Museum Oklahoma at 405-602-6664 or visit their website www.sciencemuseumok.org.

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