Mount Washington has announced plans for a totally revamped visitor center to open in 2014.
According to the press release:
Mount Washington Observatory chose Jeff Kennedy Associates, Inc. of Somerville, Mass. to lead the redesign of the mountaintop museum. The new museum will feature a collection of high-tech exhibits that tell the winter story of Mount Washington. Visitors will be able to sit in the cockpit of a snowcat and pilot the machine up the mountain. A large, five monitor display will present interactive, panoramic “clear day” views in all seasons. An exhibit depicting the 1930’s Observatory will feature artifacts and instruments from that era, including the very anemometer that was used to measure the “Big Wind” of April 12, 1934.
“From the moment we became involved, I knew that this would become one my all-time favorite projects, but the challenge of figuring out how to immerse visitors in the extreme conditions of a Mount Washington winter was, at the outset, a somewhat daunting assignment,” says Jeff Kennedy, principal of Jeff Kennedy Associates. “With the design now complete and production about to get underway, I am confident that the new museum, which is media rich and highly participatory, will provide an experience that visitors can engage with nowhere else on Earth.”
One of the most compelling aspects of the new museum will be the high definition winter video footage captured by documentarian Tom Guilmette of Franklin, Massachusetts. Guilmette was given the difficult task of capturing on video the essence of the Mount Washington winter experience. He was embedded with Observatory staff for nearly a month, following the day-to-day work of Observatory meteorologists, capturing unique weather phenomena and battling the elements in the name of education. In the end, Guilmette was successful in shooting extensive, frigid, other worldly footage that will serve as the audio-visual centerpiece of Extreme Mount Washington.
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An exhibit on Black Mesa including a 2,000 foot long diorama is opening at the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History in Norman, Oklahoma.
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Plymouth University is planning to open the Museum of the White Mountains in 2012.
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The Mount Hood Cultural Center and Museum is sponsoring a fundraiser on the historic Glade Ski Trail which is open for one day on March 9. The trail which goes from Timberline to Government was the old way to ski Mount Hood before the era of ski lifts.
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The Mt. Hood Cultural Center & Museum in Government Camp is adding numerous exhibits on Mount Hood heritage and hopes to rebuild a model of the Mount Hood Fire Tower.
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Here’s an article on Portal 31 the played out coal mine under Black Mountain that is now open to visitors. The 30-minute tour features animatronic miners who speak in broken English. It cost $2.5 million to outfit and its associated with the Kentucky Coal Mine Museum in Lynch (named for the president of U.S. Steel Coal and Coke Co. which formed the community). More on the history/
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The Appalachian Trail Museum Society passes along this news about its museum that is to open June 5, 2010.
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