THE HOUSTON MUSEUM of Natural Science [hmns.org] has unveiled plans for its newest permanent exhibition space, the Matter & Motion Chemistry and Physics Hall, presented by the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Foundation. It will officially open in March 2023, promising an immersive experience in a space that is three times the size of the current Hall.
Visitors to Matter & Motion will learn that while many think of chemistry and physics as two distinct sciences, modern discoveries reveal that our universe is a weaving of the two; participatory exhibits will utilize light, sound, LED video walls and touch-free technology to contribute to this education.
Among the Hall's 10 galleries will be ones called The Houston Connection — an interactive and animated mural depicting how Houston utilizes chemistry and physics in its petrochemical industry, space exploration, freeways and culinary scene — and the Periodic Table Floor, comprised of walkable LED tiles. A giant human hamster wheel teaches about energy transfer and rotational and physiological energy, and the "Walk-In Brain" highlights the chemical reactions and electrical impulses that comprise consciousness.
And while it may boast a lofty name, the History of the Universe video wall literally tells the origin and evolutionary story of our stars, galaxies and the world as we know it today — and perhaps how it will end?
A video tour of the new Matter & Motion Hall is available online.