Produced by the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), this 7,000 sq. ft. thought-provoking exhibition provides visitors an in-depth look at one of the most important substances to life on earth and insight into facing the pressing environmental challenges related to protecting and managing this finite resource. A survey in 2006 by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) revealed that while the general public has a “strong concern” about water, there is an astounding lack of basic knowledge about water.
In keeping with AMNH’s reputation for creating only the highest quality exhibitions, visitors will be immersed immediately and completely into the experience of Water as they enter the exhibition through a shimmering fog screen where the word water is projected in many different languages. Water incorporates beautiful descriptive panels, extensive hands-on activity stations, videos, interactive quiz-style games, giant dioramas, historical artifacts, live animals, as well as art and sculpture to engage learners of every style in the experience. Water is presented from multiple points of view: environmental, cultural, and scientific.
Key exhibition areas and educational messages include:
- Life in Water and Regeneration – All life needs water and living and nonliving things are connected in a delicate ecological balance
- Blue Planet and Water, Water Everywhere – Water shapes our planet and plays a dynamic role in Earth processes. Water is distributed differently around the world and living things adapt to these extremes.
- Water Works – Humans put water to work. It is collected, used, and contributes to almost everything we produce and consume.
- Nor Any Drop to Drink – Half of the world’s fresh water can be found in only six countries. More than a billion people do not have access to safe drinking water. This exhibition area offers stories from some of the driest places in the world and examples of technologies that collect and carry water. A 3-D panel display of water bottles reveals the amount of bottled water consumed by the average North American.
- Healthy Water, Health Lives – Clean water and good health go hand in hand. This area explores where our drinking water comes from, what is involved in making it safe, and why clean water is so important.
- Watering New York – Serving as the exhibition’s epilogue, this area leaves visitors with the sense that we are stewards of our water planet through stories of New York residents who are taking action to protect the region’s water resources.