Re-inventing the Wing at the Science Museum: Contemporary science leaps ahead for major gallery development

To mark the end of its Centenary year, the Science Museum will re-open its most contemporary event space, the Wellcome Wing, after a six-month content development and refurbishment programme.

26 June 2010 will see the launch of the upgraded ‘Who am I?’ gallery. Established as one of the most popular galleries in the Science Museum, Who am I? presents the latest brain science and genetics through a mixture of interactive exhibits and object-rich displays.

Since ‘Who am I? ‘originally opened ten years ago, there have been incredible breakthroughs in the science that defines our identity, not least the mapping of the human genome. New interactive exhibits will enable guests to morph their face and experience a voicebox makeover. ‘Find Out More’ displays will provide in-depth coverage of genetics and brain sciences.

What makes you you? How do your genes impact on your brain, your actions, your thoughts and your appearance? For exclusive evening drinks receptions, corporate and private clients will be able to hire this innovative gallery, accommodating up to 350 guests, who will get the chance to explore answers to these questions and more by encountering striking object displays, contemporary artworks and sharing their opinions on ethical issues in science.

This launch will be followed in November 2010, by the unveiling of the brand-new £4m atmosphere: exploring climate science gallery - transforming the second floor of the Wellcome Wing. The new gallery will put people at the centre of the climate change story and an immersive, interactive experience will literally respond to the actions and decisions guests to the gallery make. This smaller gallery will offer an events space for evening receptions, with a capacity of up to 300 standing.

Guests will also be able to find out about the science of the climate system, how climate has changed in the past and the work that scientists do to improve their understanding of the climate. They will also be able to discover how scientists have predicted changes to our climate in the future as well as developments in science and technology to respond to these changes.

Alongside details of the new gallery, the Science Museum reiterated its commitment to progressively reducing its own carbon footprint. Already a founding signatory of the 10:10 campaign (as part of NMSI, the Science Museum’s parent body), the Museum has pledged to reduce its own carbon emissions by 10 per cent in 2010. This new commitment follows a major 24% reduction in carbon emissions in 2008/9 following the introduction of a variety of energy saving schemes including UPVC double glazing, roof insulation and reducing the temperature of the Museum heating and hot water.

The carbon impacts of the new climate change gallery have been carefully analysed and key learnings from the project will be integrated into on-going gallery design across the Science Museum.

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