Welcome to The Science Gallery and Planetarium blog! I’ll be keeping you up to date on what’s going on at The Manitoba Museum’s Science Gallery and Planetarium, what exhibits we’re working on, and what science stories our staff has found most interesting each week.
First, some introductions: My name is Scott Young, and I’m the Manager of Science Communications and Visitor Experiences at The Manitoba Museum. (Try saying that three times fast!) I came to the Science Gallery as a visitor on the day it opened in 1986 (as “Touch the Universe”), and thought it was the coolest place ever. I started working at the Museum in 1990 in the Planetarium, eventually becoming the Managing producer of the theatre, and became Manager of the Science Gallery as well in 2001 or so. Now I oversee the exhibits and interactives side of the Science Gallery, produce Planetarium shows, and work on Museum exhibit teams as well.
In the mid-2000’s we were able to give the Science Gallery a facelift, one exhibit at a time, a process that is still underway. Nevertheless, we’ve managed to replace about two-thirds of the old exhibits with some new and very cool stuff: a race track where you can build your own car, a self-sustaining ecosystem with plants and animals, a microgravity simulator, and exhibits on math, meteorites, and many other subjects. We have some exciting new exhibits currently in development that I’ll tell you about in future posts. And we want to hear from you: what exhibits do you love or hate? What would you like to see as we renovate the Gallery and retire older exhibits? Let us know.