Since our opening day at Science Park on March 12, 1951, the Museum of Science has served as a catalyst for curiosity, imagination, and STEM learning. Although the footprint at Science Park has changed, the sense of wonder and excitement from our visitors has remained steadfast. We are at a pivotal moment in the Museum’s 180-year history, and I am excited to share the vision of this new era highlighted in features throughout this magazine.
Thanks to the commitment of David Mugar, our beloved and iconic Mugar Omni Theater will undergo renovations including a conversion from film to a state-of-the art IMAX® laser projection system. These changes will empower us to continue pushing the boundaries of the learning experience through film.
As we look towards the future, it is important to honor those who have been instrumental in our past. In this issue, you’ll get to know our longest consecutive donor in Museum history, Dr. Frederick Lovejoy, Jr. Through his professional accomplishments and dedication to education, Dr. Lovejoy embodies our mission of empowering the next generation of critical thinkers. Our commitment to access and inclusivity in STEM learning is the cornerstone of our mis- sion. I am thrilled to note that since collaborating with the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) and the Wonderfund, more than 2,000 foster families have enrolled in our program.
The Museum recently renewed its Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accreditation—yes, we are a zoo! I hope you will enjoy the inside view of our animals and the keepers that care for them. Our live animals contribute to a wide variety of exhibits and programs and encourage inquiry and interest in the natural sciences. As the stories in this issue illustrate, the Museum continues to educate and expand the public’s access to and understanding of science. I thank you for your continued support of this incredible institution. Together we will ensure a future equal to our truly iconic past.
Gwill E. York Chair, Board of Trustees