Museum Program Expands

IRIS Newsletter Volume 2000, Number 1

The IRIS/USGS museum program continues to expand with new exhibits opening at both the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque, NM and the Boston Museum of Science in Boston, MA.

Visitors entering the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science are now greeted by a new permanent Seismological exhibit (The Quaking Earth) in the entrance foyer (above). The core elements of this exhibit include the seismic monitor and two drum recorders showing global and local seismic activity in real-time. An AS-1 seismometer was added to the "Make-Your-Own Earthquake" component to help demonstrate how seismometers work.

The exhibit was expanded to include a kiosk displaying annotated seismograms of recent earthquakes and an interactive kiosk that allows visitors to access earthquake related information via the internet.

On October 6, 2000 the Travelling Earthquake Exhibit opened at the Boston Museum of Science (below). This exhibit is part of the 'Powers of Nature" exhibit and will remain in Boston until March 2001.  More than 112 million people are expected to visit the exhibit to learn about earthquakes in real-time.

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