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BOSTON (October 15, 2018) – This winter, visitors to the Museum of Science, Boston can marvel at the engineering wonders of the railroad with a host of exhibits and programming dedicated to the transportation achievement of trains. Opening November 18th, the Museum’s newest exhibit, All Aboard! Trains at Science Park, will explore the perspectives of scale and dimension amongst a 24 x 34’ snow-capped model railway.
The new exhibit is part of a seasonal museum-wide celebration of the rails which will also include THE POLAR EXPRESS™ 4-D Experience, and Rocky Mountain Express, an IMAX film showing at the Mugar Omni Theater, as well as other train-inspired programming.
All Aboard! Trains at Science Park will incorporate a display with three different model train scales — the relative size of models in proportion to real trains, the “scaled down” version of the real thing. Created in collaboration with the HUB Division of the Northeastern Region (NER) of the National Model Railroad Association (NMRA), a non-profit organization that has served Boston and Eastern Massachusetts-area model train enthusiasts for the past 50 years, the display will showcase G (1:22.5), O (1:48), and HO (1:87) scale trains traversing wintry city and country scenes. Model trains will travel across snow-covered landscapes featuring iconic hallmarks of Boston’s skyline, all sized to create dimension throughout the exhibit. Members of the HUB Division will serve as official Museum volunteers and will be stationed in the exhibit to maintain the featured trains and answer guests’ questions.
“This is a great opportunity for us to bring our passion for model railroading to the Museum of Science,” says David “Shack” Haralambou, Vice President of the HUB Division. “We hope to show Museum visitors the wonder and magic of trains.
Other elements of the exhibit offer interactive experiences for visitors of all ages. Guests can lay tracks, design and engineer layouts, and move trains around by hand at wooden train tables. A train enclosure with push-button activation will allow Museum-goers to mobilize model trains and activate features, while exploring the scenic Boston-themed display from multiple vantage points.
“This winter, we are excited to bring trains to Science Park, partnering with the HUB Division for this immersive experience,” said Christine Reich, Vice President of Exhibit Development and Conservation at the Museum of Science. “The Museum invites visitors, children and adults alike, to experience, enjoy, and celebrate the charm of trains.”
All Aboard! Trains at Science Park will be presented at the Museum of Science, Boston from November 18 through January 6, 2019. The exhibit is included with regular Exhibit Halls admission: $28 for adults, $24 for seniors (60+), and $23 for children (3-11). For more information, the public can call 617-723-2500 or visit www.mos.org.
About the Museum of Science, Boston
One of the world's largest science centers and New England's most attended cultural institution, the Museum introduces more than 1.4 million visitors a year to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) through the world-class hands-on exhibits, programs and pre-K-12 curricula of its William and Charlotte Bloomberg Science Education Center. An extraordinary variety of learning experiences span the 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 Science Behind Pixar, created with Pixar Animation Studios, is touring internationally. The Museum's National Center for Technological Literacy® has transformed STEM education nationally and internationally through advocacy, standards and assessment reforms, teacher professional development, and curriculum development. The Museum’s pre-K-12 curricula, including its award-winning Engineering is Elementary®, have reached an estimated 18 million students and 185,000 educators. Visit: http://www.mos.org.
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