POPnology opens at the Museum of Science Sunday, April 30th
BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Experience the fusion of science fiction and science fact when POPnology
— the Museum of Science’s newest exhibition that explores and
celebrates the greatest achievements in innovation and imagination—
opens on April 30th. Visitors will discover that breakthroughs often
have surprising beginnings and learn how movies, books, television, and
art continue to inspire technological advancements. Four key exhibit
areas reveal the science and technology in our everyday lives and
illustrate where we’ve been, and where we’re going.
Embrace your inner POPnologist in this revolutionary visitor experience
that features the world’s first 3-D printed car, the DeLorean Time
Machine from Back to the Future 3 and dozens of hands-on
experiences and arresting visuals.
Developed by Stage Nine Exhibitions, POPnology, an
immersive, interactive and engaging exhibit, reveals how every aspect of
popular culture has influenced modern tools, toys and technologies.
According to Christine Reich, vice president of exhibit conservation and
development, POPnology is a natural extension of the Museum’s commitment
to presenting STEM-based (science, technology, engineering and math)
exhibits, curricula and programs that captivate and challenge visitors
of every age and background. “Like the Pixar and Star Wars exhibits that
were designed and developed here at the Museum, POPnology
celebrates the creativity that inspires engineers and entrepreneurs.
Stage Nine has produced an exhibit that will engage the next generation
of dreamers, doers, and makers.”
POPnology features an entire room representing a time
capsule of 1983, which today would be the technology contained on a tiny
chip within your smartphone, including a rolodex, clock, radio and
typewriter. Additionally, a replica of the set from the 1968 film 2001:
A Space Odyssey explores how HAL9000 predicted Siri, Alexa and other
electronic control devices.
The exhibit will also include:
- Hands-on robotics
- Virtual projection games
- Futuristic musical instrument technology
- Jet pack from Disney™’s The Rocketeer
Over a dozen immersive games, including Virtual Reality Gaming by
Robotic arm interactives, 80’s gaming stations
POPnology is divided into four distinct areas:
How We Play: Examines entertainment technologies and its impact
on how people spend their leisure time.
How We Connect: Presents the communications technologies that
helped usher in a new era with the birth of social media, as the
game-changer of the 21st century.
How We Move: Explores the history and evolution of human
transport and includes a detailed overview of the advances that have
transformed the way we move around the planet.
How We Live and Work: Showcases some of the most fascinating
innovations currently shaping our lives, many of which were predicted
long ago in books and movies.
POPnology will be presented at the Museum of Science from
April 30 through September 4, 2017. The exhibit is included with regular
Exhibit Halls admission $25 for adults, $21 for seniors (60+), and $20
for children (3-11). For more information, call 617/723-2500 or visit www.mos.org.
Images available at mos.org/press
About the Museum of Science
One of the world’s largest science centers and New England’s most
attended cultural institution, the Museum introduces about 1.5 million
visitors a year to STEM via programs and interactive exhibits. An
extraordinary variety of learning experiences span the Yawkey Gallery
on the Charles River, Hall
of Human Life, Thomson Theater of Electricity, Charles
Hayden Planetarium, Mugar
Omni Theater, Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, 4-D
Theater, and Butterfly
Garden. The Museum’s National Center for Technological Literacy®
curricula, including the award-winning Engineering is Elementary, have
reached an estimated 10.5 million students and 122,400 educators. The
Museum sparks teens worldwide to use digital technology via The
Clubhouse Network and has led a $41 million National Science
Foundation-funded Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network of
science museums. Visit: http://www.mos.org.
Museum of Science, Boston
Erin Shannon, 617-589-0250