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The Truckee River plays an important role in our region as a recreational attraction, drinking water and irrigation source, and crucial part of the water cycle. To help our region’s visitors and residents understand the river’s importance, The Discovery created Truckee Connects, a working scale model of Lake Tahoe, the Truckee River, Pyramid Lake and many other interesting points in between. Now, much like the efforts underway to protect and improve our region’s watershed, The Discovery recently began the process of redesigning Truckee Connects, one of the museum’s most popular exhibitions.
Truckee Connects has always been a very popular exhibit here at The Discovery, but many of our visitors aren’t aware that it is a working model of the Truckee River. The redesigned Truckee Connects exhibition will include new hands-on experiences, improved interpretive text, and labels denoting various landmarks along the river’s path, all with the goal of creating a stronger understanding of the river’s importance in our region.
The refresh of the Truckee Connects exhibition is the first phase of a larger effort at The Discovery. The second phase of the project will include a complete redesign and relocation of the museum’s Nevada Stories exhibition. In this second phase, Nevada Stories will move to a new location on the museum’s lower level. The new exhibition will highlight the amazing and unique ecosystems of our great state. Visitors will learn about the variety of species that live in Nevada, from the important insects that pollinate our crops, to the majestic mammals the west is best known for. They’ll have an opportunity to examine specimens like the early naturalists did through experiences related to our state’s history, resources and ecology as well as the industries they foster. To learn more about this exciting exhibition, click here.
Construction of the new Truckee Connects is expected to be completed by late September. During construction, parts of the museum’s lower level, including Under the Stars and the Cloud Climber, may be inaccessible.
The new Truckee Connects exhibition is expected to open to the public on Saturday, September 29, 2018, in time for Washoe Country School District’s fall break. We invite you to join us and explore this exciting new interpretation of one of The Discovery’s most beloved exhibitions.