Celebrating Darwin

February 11th, 2009 - Posted in Exhibition Services, Featured, Member News by Christine Ruffo

A young visitor measures a bird to examine differences within species in a prototype for New York Hall of Science’s Charlie and Kiwi’s Evolutionary Adventure exhibition, scheduled to open in 2010.Throughout 2009, science centers will join people around the world in celebrating the Year of Darwin, marking the 150th anniversary of the publication of Origin of the Species. On February 12, Darwin’s 200th birthday, Denver Museum of Nature and Science is hosting an open house tour of its zoology collections and an evening lecture by Darwin scholar Duncan Porter. That same night at the Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida biology and history professors will present a musical production about Darwin’s life and work. On February 7–8, New York Hall of Science screened a new children’s movie that will be the centerpiece of their upcoming exhibition Charlie and Kiwi’s Evolutionary Adventure. Over the next few months, ASTC members will also participate in city-wide Darwin festivals in Pittsburgh, Houston, and San Francisco.

About the image: A young visitor measures a bird to examine differences within species in a prototype for New York Hall of Science’s Charlie and Kiwi’s Evolutionary Adventure exhibition, scheduled to open in 2010. Photo by Wendy Hancock

ExhibitFiles: a resource for the museum community

April 23rd, 2008 - Posted in ASTC News, Exhibition Services by Wendy Pollock

ExhibitFilesExhibitFiles, an ASTC website for the museum exhibits community, reaches a milestone April 23 with the first anniversary of the site’s opening. Started with the support of a committed core group of exhibits people and funding from the National Science Foundation, the site has grown to include more than 650 members from around the world, who have generously shared their experiences and reflections in more than 100 case studies and reviews.

ASTC has a longstanding commitment to excellence and innovation in museum exhibits. By building a collaborative community site with a rich and growing set of exhibition records at its core, we hope to preserve accumulated experience, make it easier to find, and support development of a culture of critique.

The site’s contributions and promise were recently recognized with the Museums & the Web’s Best of the Web award for top museum professional site.  Site design is by Ideum, an ASTC member.

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