News From the Traveling Psychology Exhibition Opening in Boston

'Psychology: Understanding Ourselves, Understanding Each Other,' APA's Traveling Exhibition (TPE), will be on display at Boston's Museum of Science from February 7 through April 28, 1995. The Exhibition, featuring over 40 hands-on exhibits and activities that enable visitors to explore the science of psychology, has been seen to date by over 2.4 million people.

Founded in 1830 as the Boston Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Science is one of the oldest museums in the country and a leader in informal science education. Each year more than 1.6 million adults and children visit its 400-plus exhibits reflecting the natural and physical sciences. Two permanent exhibits, the Human Body Discovery Room and the children's Discovery Center, feature many activities and programs that relate directly to components in the Psychology Exhibition.

As the Exhibition has traveled to science museums around the country, local psychologists have become actively involved with the host museum in planning public programs, recruiting volunteers, and serving as speakers and media representatives. Boston is no exception. An advisory committee of psychologists from area universities and members of the Massachusetts Psychological Association has been working with the Museum of Science since June 1994. Psychologists and museum staff will be collaborating on a wide range of programs, such as opportunities for student research, teacher workshops, a press conference for college and high school journalists, parent-teen activities, and a psychology film series. Part of this programming is being funded by a grant from the Harvard Community Health Plan.

Exhibition's Impact Extended Beyond 1995

Beginning in 1997, TPE will be leased for 5 years to the Arizona Science Center in Phoenix. The Science Center recently broke ground for a striking new building to be located in the downtown area near a number of other cultural attractions. The building will open in late 1996, and the Psychology Exhibition will be an important part of its inaugural exhibits and programs. Annual attendance is expected to exceed 500,000.

TPE is currently booked through the end of 1995. Before beginning its 5 year stay in Phoenix in 1997, TPE will travel to three more sites in 1996 under the auspices of the Association of Science-Technology Centers.

TPE was developed and produced by APA and the Ontario Science Centre, with support from the National Science Foundation, the William T. Grant Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Harvard University, and the National Institute of Mental Health. The Exhibition's tour is managed by the Association of Science-Technology Centers.

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