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Science Museum Oklahoma unveils new entrance and atrium after $22.4 million renovation

Spring break offers families the perfect opportunity to enjoy new exhibits and updates

 

OKLAHOMA CITY (March 09, 2016) – Science Museum Oklahoma unveiled a new entrance and atrium on Saturday, March 5, capping off a two-year, $22.4 million renovation. Additions to the museum also include a new gift shop, a glass elevator and exterior enhancements such as a circular drive, a pedestrian walkway, park-like landscaping, and more.

“Like many Oklahomans, I’ve been coming to the museum since I was a child and saw the potential within its walls,” said Linda Maisch, vice president of community engagement. “These projects are steps towards realizing that potential and creating a museum that will inspire this and future generations.”

The design of the new 2,300-square-foot atrium includes a peaked, glass ceiling and large windows that add natural light to the museum. A floor-to-ceiling video installation features custom animations celebrating various scientific disciplines like physics, biology, astronomy and more. The atrium also includes a larger staging area for school groups.

The new elevator was designed to contribute to the museum’s educational mission. Encased in glass, the gears and cables of the elevator give guests a chance to see first-hand how elevators work. At the same time, the elevator’s location near the center of the building provides convenient access to the new mezzanine spaces.

Second-floor renovations of the mezzanine give the museum a more open feel and create new sightlines, drawing guests into less-explored areas. The second floor is also home to the smART Space art galleries. The galleries, which opened on Feb. 27, explore the intersection of science and art.

In June 2015, Science Museum Oklahoma completed the first phase of the project with the opening of the 20,000-square-foot CurioCity exhibit. The interactive village — larger than most stand-alone children’s museums in the country — offers families new opportunities to learn and explore. Since the opening of CurioCity, the museum has seen an increase in daily attendance and family memberships.

During Spring Break the museum will stay open until 7 p.m., giving guests two extra hours to explore all the new spaces.

Daily general admission at Science Museum Oklahoma is $14.95 for adults (ages 13 to 64) and $12.95 for children (ages 3 to 12) and seniors (65 and older). For more information, go to www.sciencemuseumok.org or call (405) 602-3760.

 

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About Science Museum Oklahoma

Science Museum Oklahoma is the state’s only hands-on science museum and, with over 350,000 square feet, one of the largest science museums in the nation.  With a mission of enriching lives by revealing the wonder and relevance of science, Science Museum Oklahoma demonstrates the relationship between the physical sciences and everyday experiences. The museum influences how Oklahomans learn about science through the medium of interactive exhibits, discovery-based activities, astronomy shows, Science Live! demonstrations, educational outreach efforts and special events.  The museum’s clear mission and firm focus on science literacy encourages families to develop and build upon a strong foundation in the sciences.