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The Discovery is excited to introduce plans for two large-scale capital projects. Both projects will bolster the museum’s collection of permanent exhibitions and add to the cultural richness of our community.
Nevada is a reimagined presentation of the content currently in Nevada Stories. The exhibition will present Nevada’s story told from a natural history perspective. This 3,000 square foot exhibition will move from the current Nevada Stories location to the museum’s lower level (currently Science Underground).Find out more
Flight Tech will take museum visitors on a journey into the skies, turning high-tech aviation, drone technology, robotics and aviation history into an interactive experience. This 5,000 square foot exhibition will take the place of the museum’s Nevada Stories exhibition, adding a mezzanine floor to capitalize on the height in the space, and add more exhibits to the footprint.Find out more
The Discovery is undertaking many exhibit and programming initiatives to complete its transition to an all-ages science center dedicated to improving scientific literacy in our community. Your support accelerates the production phase of two new capital projects aligned with this effort.
In 2016, we utilized funding from a few key donors to underwrite their concept and design; in October of that year we revealed the initial concepts for Flight Tech and Nevada Land.
Beyond the immediate objectives of each exhibition and their primary audiences, these projects provide a platform for new field trips, camps, and museum overnight curriculums. Plus, they will grow the number of topics that The Discovery can tie to exciting new Science Distilled lectures, themed hands-on activities at Social Science events, and critical partnerships in hands-on learning.
The current combined production budgets for these exhibitions is about $6.5 million.
The Discovery is working with the country’s best exhibit design team, Council, since the successful concept, design, production, and installation of the museum’s first new permanent exhibition, Inside Out: An Anatomy Experience, which opened in July 2015.
Council is now ready to take the current designs for both Flight Tech and Nevada Land from concept to reality. However, we must raise 90% of the funding needed before we begin production. The Discovery is poised to serve a broader audience that we have only just begun to reach in our six short years. As these projects come to life, they will help launch The Discovery’s next phase of excellence in hands-on, informal education for Reno-Tahoe and the surrounding region.