Friday, November 1, 2013

Gearing Up for a MONUMENTAL Experience!

DuPage Children’s Museum (DCM) is bringing the scale, beauty, and engineering of Greek and Maya architecture to the Chicago region with the opening of its newest exhibit, Monumental, on Saturday, November 16. Located on the first floor of the Museum in the Creativity Connections Neighborhood, the new exhibit will remain at the Museum for more than six months before being offered as a traveling exhibit to other Museums and institutions.

Monumental offers a unique introduction to the science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematical principles of architecture. Through interactive components and specially designed public programs, children can explore building styles, construction techniques, common decorative elements, and the cultural attributes of Greek and Maya monuments, while exploring fundamental principles that helped shape modern day architecture.

The exhibit will introduce two historic cultures through the architecture and engineering of their monumental spaces. Working with the National Hellenic Museum and the National Museum of Mexican Art, DCM has developed an exhibit which will explore the Parthenon and other buildings on the Acropolis in Athens, Greece, as well as the Maya structures at Chichen Itza in the jungles of southeastern Mexico. 

"This is an exciting new addition to the Museum that we are thrilled to unveil," said Peter Crabbe, Director of Exhibits. "Weaving history and culture into the exhibit experience alongside the core concepts of art, science, and math has allowed us to create an entirely new experience that will appeal all ages."  

Installation will begin Monday, November 4.

Click here for behind the scenes pictures and more.

Blog contributor, Brianne Bromberek, is Marketing Manager with DuPage Children's Museum.


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