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Our doors may be closed, but we're still serving up science.
April 30, 2020
The Bradbury Science Museum.

The Bradbury Science Museum.

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  • Stacy Baker
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  • (505) 664-0244
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Since 1954, the Bradbury Science Museum has been home to a myriad of exhibitions—over 200 to date—highlighting both the unique history and the cutting-edge research of Los Alamos National Laboratory. Over the past six decades, the Museum has remained a bucket-list destination for visitors from around the world while becoming an increasingly valuable community resource. Today’s Bradbury staff expect to host 100+ science-themed events annually. These annual events include book signings by local authors, special presentations by Lab researchers, live demonstrations by the Museum’s Scientist Ambassadors, and dozens of student field trips. Unfortunately, all the exhibits, educational programs, and public events in the world won’t quite hit the mark without people to experience, engage with, and reflect upon them.

So, in the current social-distancing environment, how does a museum, or science center, or any experiential cultural institution meet its audience and satisfy its mission when it has locked doors and empty galleries? How do science centers “educate” with no students? How do museums “exhibit” if there’s no one to see? How do venues “event” without attendees? As public service organizations across the globe are discovering, the Museum finds that the answer to each of these questions is virtualization: online educational resources, new ways to tour the Museum’s galleries, and virtual gatherings rather than in-person events.

At the Bradbury, our educators are adding fresh web content for teachers, parents, and their students currently practicing distance learning, including links to fun STEM-learning activities and virtual tours that will complement our Museum Xplorations field trip topics.  Our virtual exhibition offerings are also on the rise, with a new series of Guide by Cell tours (narrated by our Museum guides) that will highlight our guides’ favorite exhibits and complement our current, virtual gallery tour, RoSES. We’re also opening up the Museum’s online collections catalog, allowing viewers to explore artifacts from the Manhattan Project that, until now, have been unavailable to the public. Virtual events are also in the works, with our monthly Science on Tap program first in line for a new video format that will include reader-submitted questions for the presenter and event videos posted to the Bradbury’s website, YouTube channel, and Facebook page.  

Eventually, museum galleries everywhere will open back up to the public. Students will go on field trips, tourists will travel and discover the world, and life will begin to look a bit more as we remember it. Till then, we thank you for continuing to discover and explore the Bradbury Science Museum as we strive to meet today’s challenges with creative solutions.