Museum Climate Exhibits

Recently, several museums have introduced new exhibits raising awareness about current environmental and social issues.  On June 25, The Field Museum of Chicago introduced a Climate Change exhibit (Open till November 28, 2010).  Meanwhile, the Tree Museum has opened in Switzerland and is home for 2,000 trees of different species.

Field Museum in ChicagoAccording to Museum Publicity,  Chicago’s Field Museum’s new Climate Change exhibit showcases global climate change, likely the most urgent scientific and social issue of our century.  The exhibit explains the science of climate change while also examining the social issues that will arise with future generations if the problem is not solved.  The exhibit demonstrates that there is not just one solution – a necessary effort must be put in by individuals, communities, and governments.

Smoky funnelsThe Field Museum’s exhibit on Climate Change was organized by the American Museum of Natural History  along with The Field Museum and several others, reports the Chicago Tribune.  The exhibit demonstrates how the warming climate has begun to melt polar ice, raise sea levels and alter weather patterns by warming the ocean and creating brutal storms while also changing ecosystems.  Through interactive stations, dioramas and videos, the exhibit provides evidence that over the last 300 years human activity has altered the natural world.

The Climate Change exhibit is sponsored by HSBC-North America, Exelon Corporation, Motorola Foundation, Whole Foods Market and Jones Lang LaSalle.  For every visitor to the Climate Change exhibition, Exelon Corporation will donate $1 to the exhibition up to a total of $200,000.

LouvreAlso interesting, the Tree Museum recently opened in Switzerland, Inhabitat informs us.  The collection of 2,000 trees showcased at the museum has been accumulated over 17 years.  The trees have all been saved and now represent a museum of their own.  Both the Tree Museum and sustainability-built headquarters are situated on 2.5 acres of a 14th Century monastery grounds.   (Photo is of the Louvre).

The Tree Museum headquarters forms a backdrop that showcases the trees.  The building’s sustainable features include efficient insulation, a green roof, a geothermal heating and cooling system and sustainably-sourced local wood.  The trees are positioned against sandstone walls and contain 22 different varieties that range from English yew to Pinus sylvestris.

Together these museums demonstrate what museums can do to help inform people and solve major environmental and social issues.  Whether working alone or as part of a community, we all have a role to play in solving climate change and related issues.  Educational, informative and interactive, these museums have made a positive step forward.

A note to anyone heading for London’s Grant Museum of Zoology – According to Culture24, the museum will be closing for 6 months as of Wednesday June 30, 2010 and will reopen in January 2011.

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