Science Museum Takes Guests on a Wild Ride Starting February 16
“Going Places – the Technology of Transport” Exhibition Explores Technology behind Travel and Transportation
On your way to work, school or the grocery store today, did you stop to think about the technology behind the vehicle that helped you move from place to place? How about consider the spatial ability needed to fit that last suitcase in your trunk before a road trip? Better yet, have you ever piloted a plane or ridden a hovercraft? The answer is probably not. The Science Museum of Virginia wants to change that.
Opening Feb. 16, “Going Places” is an interactive exhibition that explores the technology humans have developed for travel. Guests can climb aboard a flight simulator to pilot a plane, ride on a hovercraft, try to pack a cargo ship without capsizing it, sail a land yacht, compete on recumbent racer, fly an airship, and more to observe, understand and use an incredible range of travel technology to see how it makes our lives easier and better.
“This exhibition may seem like all fun and games—which it is—but it also includes important science concepts such as physics, math, engineering and biology,” said Rich Conti, chief wonder officer. “It offers an impressive array of hands-on opportunities for guests to operate modes of transportation in ways they might never get to in real life.”
The exhibition features more than 20 interactive elements that let guests experience many different aspects of transport—including the movement of people and goods over land, sea and air—and the technological solutions that make transport not only possible, but also reliable and efficient. Guests are in the driver’s seat of a range of inventions developed to travel across the planet’s oceans, lands and atmosphere.
The Museum will offer special travel-related programming during the run of the exhibition, including a Lunch Break Science talk about high-altitude ballooning on Feb. 28 and a transportation-themed Night Light Science for 3 to 6 year olds on June 8.
“Going Places” was created by Australian organization Scitech and produced by U.S.-based Imagine Exhibitions. The show has been displayed at science centers in Texas, New York and California. Its debut at the Science Museum of Virginia marks its first appearance in the mid-Atlantic area.
“Going Places” is open Friday, Feb. 16, through August 19. The exhibition is free with Museum admission, which is $14.50 for adults with a $1 discount for youth and seniors. Children three and under are free, and discounts for military and EBT card holders are available.
About the Science Museum of Virginia
The mission of the Science Museum of Virginia is to inspire Virginians to enrich their lives through science. Through hundreds of experiential exhibits, awe-inspiring artifacts and interactive technologies, the Museum presents dynamic science programming to hundreds of thousands of guests each year. The Richmond-based museum is home to three floors of interactive exhibits, The Dome theater – the largest movie screen in Virginia – and proudly hosts dynamic traveling exhibitions from around the world. Learn more at www.smv.org.
Scitech is a not-for-profit organization that seeks to increase awareness, interest, capability and participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Scitech is world-renowned for the design, development and construction of engaging and interactive STEM exhibitions. The Australia-based organization has 29 years of experience in creating traveling exhibitions, which cover a range of timeless science and technology topics, have a broad appeal and communicate effectively beyond cultural differences. Scitech has been recognized by the Association of Science and Technology Centers for its work. For more information, visit www.scitech.org.au.
About Imagine Exhibitions
Imagine Exhibitions is currently producing over 35 unique exhibitions in museums, science centers, aquariums, integrated resorts and non-traditional venues worldwide. In addition to developing successful traveling exhibitions, Imagine Exhibitions designs, opens and operates permanent installations and venues, and consults on building, expanding, and directing museums and attractions. With over 25 years of diverse experience in the museum and entertainment industries, Imagine Exhibitions consistently develops exhibitions that educate and excite while exceeding attendance goals. For more information, visit www.ImagineExhibitions.com.
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