‘Get the Message’ at Discovery Center Museum

From an arched eyebrow to the front-page news, experience the dynamic variety of tools people use to communicate. Try your brush at virtual cave art, signal a crane operator, puzzle over expressions, send a message in Morse, and more!

These things—and more—are explored in “Get the Message,” a new traveling exhibition at Discovery Center Museum, running through Sept. 9.

Get the Message is an exciting, new, hands-on exhibition that will give visitors an in-depth look at the many tools people use to communicate and how science and technology have impacted the way we send and receive information.

Children, families and groups are invited to check out the varied tools people have used over time to communicate. Visitors will have opportunities to try their hand at cave painting; design their own coat of arms; use hand signals to operate a crane; explore facial expressions; become a TV news anchor; and more. Guests will be amazed at the impact science has made in the tools, speed and number of people we can reach when sending and receiving messages.

In Front Page News, visitors can put themselves in the cover story of a newspaper. Partners allows visitors to test their communications skills as they describe to a friend how to arrange hidden blocks. Visitors can design their own picture in a simulated cave in the Ancient Graffiti exhibit. In Instant Messaging, visitors can use a telegraph key and Morse code to transmit a message to a friend. They can even learn American Sign Language with video demonstrations. These exhibits, and more, offer fun and learning for the whole family.

Discovery Center Museum of Rockford and the Family Museum of Arts and Science of Bettendorf, Iowa, have collaborated to develop Get the Message. Admission to the exhibit is included with regular admission to the Museum: $5 adults, $4 children, and free to children younger than 2 and Discovery Center members.

For more information about this exhibition and all the programs at Discovery Center Museum, call 815-963-6769.

Discovery Center Museum is inside Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St., Rockford. Hours open are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m., Sunday.

from the April 18-24, 2007, issue

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