BP Makes Leadership Gift Toward Science at Museum
September 23, 2007
On Sunday, Sept. 23, 2007, in the midst of celebrating the Anchorage Museum’s construction progress, BP Alaska made a presentation of $500,000 to the Anchorage Museum expansion.
The donation brings BP’s total support to $600,000 for the project. The BP support is directed to the new general science exhibitions that will be featured in the renovated museum.
“We are proud to be making such an important investment in our community,” said BP Alaska President Doug Suttles. “With this expansion, current and future generations of Alaskans will benefit from the enhanced space for the Imaginarium and the opportunity to discover the adventures of science through the new children’s exhibits.”
Duane Heyman, co-chair of the capital campaign, said that “this is a major boost to our close the gap campaign, which has raised $2.2 of the $5 million needed before the end of the year.”
In recognition of their support, the museum will name the new Kinetic Space Gallery in honor of BP. The gallery will address a range of physics themes including Moving and Motions, Flying and Flight, Elements and Waves. Within these major themes exhibit modules will be self-guided and inquiry-based. Exhibit activities will allow visitors to build bridges, fly a small hot air balloon, and operate a cooperative machine.
The museum is adding science to its mission as part of its $116 million expansion, through which it will incorporate The Imaginarium, Alaska’s only science discovery center.
The museum’s expansion project includes a new building, exhibition space and an expanded endowment. The new wing is designed by David Chipperfield and Associates of London with Kumin Associates of Anchorage serving as the architect of record. It will include the first Smithsonian Institution facility outside of Washington D.C., temporary exhibit space, library and archives, and a new store and café. The existing facility will be located in the renovated facility in galleries 7, 8 and 9 (more than 6,500 square feet), formerly used for changing exhibitions.
Construction of the new wing is on schedule with soft opening slated for spring 2009 and grand opening in spring 2010. For more information, visit www.anchoragemuseum.org/expansion or call (907) 343-6175.