Embrace Your Inner POPnologist This Summer

April 28, 2017

POPnology opens at the Museum of Science Sunday, April 30th

BOSTON-   Experience the fusion of science fiction and science fact when POPnology — the Museum of Science’s newest exhibition that explores and celebrates the greatest achievements in innovation and imagination— opens on April 30th. Visitors will discover that breakthroughs often have surprising beginnings and learn how movies, books, television, and art continue to inspire technological advancements. Four key exhibit areas reveal the science and technology in our everyday lives and illustrate where we’ve been, and where we’re going.
Embrace your inner POPnologist in this revolutionary visitor experience that features the world’s first 3-D printed car, the DeLorean Time Machine from Back to the Future 3 and dozens of hands-on experiences and arresting visuals.  

Developed by Stage Nine Exhibitions, POPnology, an immersive, interactive and engaging exhibit, reveals how every aspect of popular culture has influenced modern tools, toys and technologies.
According to Christine Reich, vice president of exhibit conservation and development, POPnology is a natural extension of the Museum’s commitment to presenting STEM-based (science, technology, engineering and math) exhibits, curricula and programs that captivate and challenge visitors of every age and background. “Like the Pixar and Star Wars exhibits that were designed and developed here at the Museum, POPnology celebrates the creativity that inspires engineers and entrepreneurs. Stage Nine has produced an exhibit that will engage the next generation of dreamers, doers, and makers.”

POPnology features an entire room representing a time capsule of 1983, which today would be the technology contained on a tiny chip within your smartphone, including a rolodex, clock, radio and typewriter. Additionally, a replica of the set from the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey explores how HAL9000 predicted Siri, Alexa and other electronic control devices.
The exhibit will also include:

  • Hands-on robotics
  • Virtual projection games
  • Futuristic musical instrument technology
  • Jet pack from Disney™’s The Rocketeer
  • Over a dozen immersive games, including Virtual Reality Gaming by Oculus Rift
  • Robotic arm interactives, 80’s gaming stations

POPnology is divided into four distinct areas:

·         How We Play: Examines entertainment technologies and its impact on how people spend their leisure time.

·         How We Connect: Presents the communications technologies that helped usher in a new era with the birth of social media, as the game-changer of the 21st century.

·         How We Move: Explores the history and evolution of human transport and includes a detailed overview of the advances that have transformed the way we move around the planet.

·         How We Live and Work: Showcases some of the most fascinating innovations currently shaping our lives, many of which were predicted long ago in books and movies.

POPnology will be presented at the Museum of Science from April 30 through September 4, 2017. The exhibit is included with regular Exhibit Halls admission $25 for adults, $21 for seniors (60+), and $20 for children (3-11). For more information, call 617/723-2500 or visit www.mos.org.

About the Museum of Science

One of the world's largest science centers and New England's most attended cultural institution, the Museum introduces about 1.5 million visitors a year to STEM via programs and interactive exhibits. An extraordinary variety of learning experiences span the Yawkey Gallery on the Charles River, Hall of Human Life, Thomson Theater of Electricity, Charles Hayden Planetarium, Mugar Omni Theater, Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, 4-D Theater, and Butterfly Garden. The Museum's National Center for Technological Literacy® curricula, including the award-winning Engineering is Elementary, have reached an estimated 10.5 million students and 122,400 educators. The Museum sparks teens worldwide to use digital technology via The Clubhouse Network and has led a $41 million National Science Foundation-funded Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network of science museums. Visit: http://www.mos.org.

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