OMSH showcases interactive exhibits aimed at fun learning for children

June 8, 2023 | 12:06 am

Updated June 7, 2023 | 11:47 pm

Daviess County Judge-Executive Charlie Castlen and county commissioners on Wednesday visited the Owensboro Museum of Science and History to take a tour of the A-Mazing Airways exhibit. Funded by Fiscal Court, the interactive exhibit encourages attendees to explore the properties of air through a large system of tubes, diverter boxes, and manipulatives.

“It’s really nice to see (the exhibit) come to fruition and see children playing with it,” said museum board member Mary Kinney. “They’re testing it to see how it works, they’re looking at it, they’re definitely interested.”

In addition to the A-Mazing Airways exhibit, Museum CEO Kathy Olson highlighted the Thoughts Flow Water Table, which teaches children about the flow of water, and the new Little Tots Farm Gallery, meant to teach kids about agriculture and where food comes from.

Both exhibits were also funded in part by Fiscal Court. 

“I was on the Fiscal Court when we first approved the money that was used for these exhibits, and I’m very pleased we were able to do that,” Castlen said. “We’re looking forward to additional things that will help the museum. Bring your kids or grandkids down, let them walk through and experience these exhibits.”

In addition to these three exhibits, Olson highlighted the new Junior Ranger Program presented by the museum and the U.S. national park system. The daily program teaches kids about Lewis and Clark’s adventures.

Interactive programming is something that the museum is seeking to increase.

“That’s the kind of programming we’re going to be adding to all of these exhibits in some way,” Olson said.

In addition to adding programming to those exhibits, museum goers can expect a Smithsonian exhibit sometime in the fall.

Olson and Kinney also said that all of the exhibits tie back into the rest of the museum in some way and are meant to teach about some facet of Daviess County and Owensboro.

“When families come to the museum, they will be able to get a comprehensive picture of what our area is like, why we are here, our past, our present, and what they have to look forward to in the future,” Olson said.

To learn more about how to get involved, visit the museum’s Facebook page or website.

June 8, 2023 | 12:06 am

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