Science exhibits are displays that explore scientific objects, knowledge, process, and debate in an approachable, understandable manner. They deliver multiple levels of information and accommodate different learning styles.
Great science exhibits excite the emotions and stimulate the intellect while driving home an interesting, inspiring message about an aspect of science. After all, science exhibits are part of the informal learning experience, where emotional response usually paves the way for learning and engagement.
Science exhibits assume an endless variety of forms and styles, from dinosaur skeletons to gesture-controlled computers to dioramas to historical artifacts to interactive mechanical devices. The diversity of science exhibits is a reflection of the wide variety of institutions that create and house them.
Museums, in their modern sense as public institutions focusing on collections, research, and education, have been with us for over 500 years. The earliest...
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