3 World-Class Exhibits Unveiled at Discovery Gateway
Salt Lake City―Applauding historic milestones while painting a picture of a bold new future benefitting all of Utah’s children, Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum is unveiling three new world-class exhibits to the public as part of it’s 40th year of “Learning Through Play.” Discovery Gateway has invested $1.5 million over the last three years in museum revitalization including these new “gold standard” exhibits: Water Play, Honey Climber and the Mark Miller Subaru Express Service.
The Water Play exhibit’s racing rivers, water wall with ramps, wheels, scoops, tipping buckets and a water vortex help children develop essential science skills like observing, comparing, and predicting. By working together to solve problems, children boost their communication skills as they play cooperatively, negotiate space, and share Water Play equipment. Children are encouraged to imagine, discover, and connect by working together as engineers and builders by designing a waterway or dam. This exhibit was opened in June 2018.
The new Honey Climber is a completely unique design, bringing the overall garden theme and educational content around bees and all pollinators to life. A climber is a gold-standard exhibit for children’s museums nationally. The Honey Climber will keep the whole family engaged and active as kids (and parents) climb through a maze of honeycombs, walk across rope bridges, explore the flower towers and slide through the grassy nook. The theme also reflects elements of Utah culture, such as working together and industriousness, and since the project was supported by the State of Utah, it celebrates that relationship. This exhibit was opened in December 2018.
“Climbers are a world-class addition to a children’s museum because of the varied learning challenges provided, and they add a wow factor because of the use of both horizontal and vertical space,” said Executive Director Laurie Hopkins. “Children moving through a climber are in active learning through play, practicing gross motor skills, decision-making, working together, and independence from caregivers.
The Mark Miller Subaru Express Service exhibit features a child-sized 2019 Subaru Ascent, which is the largest Subaru SUV ever built. Children have the opportunity to work under the hood on the engine, change the oil, tighten lug nuts on all four tires, and fill the gas tank, as they learn about the science that drives the Subaru Ascent. This exhibit was opened in September 2018.
The Water Play and Honey Climber exhibits are made possible through generous support from the State of Utah, Salt Lake County, the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation, and media sponsorship for Water Play from KUED PBS Kids.
Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, supported by community donations, and is entirely dedicated to educating and inspiring children to imagine what they can become. Discovery Gateway’s educational programs and exhibits have served more than four million visitors since its move to the current Gateway location in 2006.
About Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum:
Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum is located in downtown Salt Lake City at 444 West 100 South and is a contemporary discovery center offering 60,000 square feet of interactive, hands-on fun. The engaging workshops, programs, and exhibits invite the whole family to create, learn, and play together. It is the mission of Discovery Gateway to inspire children of all ages and abilities to imagine, discover, and connect with their world to make a difference. Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your donations are tax deductible. For information, please call (801) 456-5437, or visit us at www.DiscoveryGateway.org