Science Components of a Major Exhibit on Pacific Islands

May 15th, 1988 - October 31st, 1991 | PROJECT

The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, with partial support from NSF, will develop science, mathematics, and technology components for a new, permanent 17,000 square foot exhibition on the Pacific. Broad in scope and dramatic in its impact, this exhibition will cut across many fields and disciplines in presenting a coherent, integrated view of the Pacific regions. Topics from anthropology, geology, biology and geography will be combined using collections, reconstructed objects, large scale models, and interactive components in this landmark exhibition. The project will make extensive use of leading researchers, educators, and an evaluation consultant, and will utilize a variety of prototyping and formative exhibit development techniques. The science, mathematics and technology portion will cost $ 1.9 million, of which approximately one third is requested from NSF. The complete 17,000 square foot exhibition will cost $ 3.3 million and will be seen by at least 10 million adults and children over its 20 year life.

Project Website(s)

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Team Members

Michael Spock, Principal Investigator, Field Museum of Natural History
Phyllis Rabineau, Co-Principal Investigator, Field Museum of Natural History


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 8751766
Funding Amount: 717242


Access and Inclusion: Ethnic | Racial | Pacific Islander Communities
Audience: Adults | Elementary School Children (6-10) | General Public | Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum | ISE Professionals | Youth | Teen (up to 17)
Discipline: Geoscience and geography | Life science | Mathematics | Technology
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Exhibitions | Museum and Science Center Exhibits