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New Sacramento Museum Offers STEAM Learning Center


Last Sunday I visited the SMUD Museum Of Science and Curiosity located at 400 Jibboom Street in Sacramento. It is a two-story exhibition, which includes indoor and outdoor event spaces available for rental. Although I was amazed by the interior, the parking lot left a lot to be desired. My family and I circled around for almost fifteen minutes looking for a place to park.

Car park

Although a large area is dedicated to electric vehicles and vans, the parking lot is small and oddly shaped. There is also limited space for the parking lot expansion, which could be problematic one day. When planning a trip to the museum, plan for a series of parking wars and a $ 6 fee. Despite my complaints about parking, once inside the museum, you quickly forget about parking issues.

Exhibitions on the first floor

Upon entering the museum, to the right is a room where visitors can participate in STEAM-inspired activities. The room promotes hands-on learning, while using their minds to solve puzzles and learn how something works.

Photo: Jamie Belden
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While the STEAM activities for students are fun and could be about the whole museum on its own, the real science was deeper inside. The first exhibit is the Nature and Water exhibit, which focuses on the native flora and fauna of the Sacramento area. A space is also included where you can learn more about nature using your five senses. There is also a digging activity that simulates the forest floor with recycled rubber or plastic scraps.

As your tour continues, there is an area that deals with electricity consumption. Visitors learn to reduce their emissions and carbon footprint, while learning to become more aware of our energy use. The last exhibition on the ground is the “Water Challenge”. Visitors will learn about local wetlands and the four native salmon species. The exhibition also focuses on water consumption and how to save more water. These activities are out of this world, but not as fun as the next upstairs exhibit.

Exhibitions on the second floor

On the second floor, you will see a replica of the Mars Rover, and the environment on Mars. You will see what an apartment on Mars looks like and what a sandstorm would look like. A spacesuit with a camera that allows visitors to take a photo was the coolest part of the space exhibit. Your face is projected into the helmet of the space suit, and just like that you are an astronaut. This exhibit has been truly designed with children in mind and those who are children at heart. On the other side of the 2nd floor, there is also a planetarium; however, we did not visit this region this time.

Photo: Jamie Belden

COVID-19 security protocols

Currently, tickets must be purchased in advance in order to adhere to COVID-19 security protocols.

The price is as follows: $ 15 per adult, $ 12 for children aged 2 to 17, students and educators are $ 13. For a full price breakdown, visit: https://visitmosac.org/visit/tickets/#ticket-prices

According to the museum’s FAQ section]

“MOSAC requires that all guests aged 2 and over wear appropriate face coverings in all indoor spaces, including those who have received a COVID vaccine.”

-MOSAC

Masks can be provided to guests, but are limited on a first come, first served basis.

Overall, the SMUD Museum Of Science and Curiosity is sure to be a great success. I highly recommend a visit if you are looking for something to do with your family.