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Funded by NASA, The Boston Children's Museum debuts 'My Sky Exhibit' July 26

The Boston Children’s Museum is encouraging families to look up.

Administrator Charles Bolden discusses 'the scientific and technological roadmap that will lead to the discovery of potentially habitable worlds among the stars' on July 14 in Washington, DC.
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Kicking off Saturday, July 26, The Boston Children’s Museum goes into the beyond with an exciting, interactive exhibit, inviting families to delve into the universe in a whole new way at 1 p.m. Visit myskyexhibit.org and bostonchildrensmuseum.org.

Funded by NASA and in partnership with the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, The Boston Children’s Museum opens their new ‘My Sky,’ offering an opportunity for adults and children ages 5-10 to tour the universe and discover secrets of the sky!

The new ‘My Sky’ exhibit is a hands-on, interactive and mesmerizing experience, teaching fundamental skills for investigating the skies through pattern recognition, observation, estimation, prediction, and creative thinking. These building blocks help to instill valuable skills for more complex STEM disciplines in the future.

The ‘My Sky’ exhibit is divided into three sections: the skate park, the child’s room, and the backyard. The Skate Park traces the activity of the sun. Visitors can observe the sun’s patterns in seconds instead of hours. The skate park includes a human sun dial, so children can be part of the exhibit! Children can learn to find solar events like flares, coronal mass ejections, eclipses, transits, solar tornadoes, and much more.

The Child’s room, in a loft setting, is where visitors can trace the phases of the moon, find familiar constellations, recognize star patterns, and invent new constellations using star fields.

The Backyard, in a campfire setting, introduces visitors to stories of artists, scientists, and researchers who are inspired by the sky in their everyday life. Take a closer look at the sky inside a dome that traces the pattern of the planets, the stars, and the moon through the Earth’s rotation.

The ‘My Sky’ exhibit’s mission is to depict the sky as an ever changing, free resource, and represents an opportunity for parents to help kids observe, make predictions, and notice astrological patterns.

Having been awarded the National Public Service Medal in Washington D.C. last year, the Boston Children’s Museum has a stellar reputation, offering a wide range of innovative programs. Located at 308 Congress Street in Boston, Massachusetts, The Boston Children’s Museum is a source of inspiration for other children’s museums around the country.

Visit bostonchildrensmuseum.org, their Facebook page, and their Twitter page for ticket information, directions, and upcoming events!