SCHENECTADY — The Museum of Innovation and Science, (miSci) will be opening a new traveling exhibition, Weather to Climate: Our Changing World, alongside an annual favorite, the Butterflies and Blooms event.
Weather to Climate: Our Changing World opened on Friday, Feb. 7, and will run through May 1. The exhibition was created by the Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. It is toured internationally by Flying Fish.
This exhibition presents the fundamentals of weather and climate and explains how the two phenomena are connected through fun interactives and engaging content. The exhibition connects weather to the science behind global climate changes and explores how it affects human and animal communities around the world.
“One of the difficulties in understanding climate change is understanding the difference between what drives weather and what drives climate, as they are not necessarily the same,” says Dr. Gina C. Gould, President of miSci. “Complicated and multidisciplinary, climate change is one of the most misunderstood sciences of our times and one of the most important. Weather to Climate: Our Changing World is an immersive interactive exhibition for people of all ages that explains these differences and attempts to dispel the misconceptions many of us have about the causes of climate change.”
miSci’s annual favorite, entitled Butterflies and Blooms, opened on Saturday, Feb. 15 and run through April 19. An After Dark event entitled Butterflies and Brews will be held on Friday, April 3, from 6 to 8 p.m.
This exhibition provides participants with an opportunity to step into miSci’s indoor butterfly house and walk among hundreds of brilliantly colored native butterflies.
Butterflies are shown at every stage of their life cycle – from egg to chrysalis chamber to adulthood. Different species of butterflies from the area are in the exhibition.
Participants will learn what butterflies eat and how scientists use them as examples for new technology. All of this occurs within a re-creation of the butterflies’ natural, outdoor habitat, which includes plants and flowers that butterflies require for food – all tended by masterful volunteer gardeners.
For Museum hours and ticket information, please visit www.misci.org.