(KCPW News) Amidst drilling, hammering, and laying sheetrock, staff and donors began bringing in boxes during a ceremonial move-in Monday at The Leonardo, the new science and technology museum opening this summer next to the downtown Salt Lake City Main Library. Executive Director Peter Giles says it will be an attraction for adults, something he believes the city is lacking right now.
“We’re in a situation here where we have a wonderful children’s Discovery Gateway center,” said Giles. “So, we want to provide something that isn’t here, which is someplace where adults can really learn and then also be able to share it with children. But, it’s going to be focused on an older audience.”
Giles says some of the first exhibits will include a display showcasing the importance of algae as an energy source, along with an interactive gaming and animation center.
Nobel Laureate and Senior Advisor to the center Dr. Mario Capecchi says he hopes institutions like The Leonardo can resolve some of the world’s toughest problems.
“The solution of these grave problems will not come from going backwards in time,” said Capecchi. “But by going forward through engagement of our creativity, through education, through our ability to stimulate future generations to do better than what we’ve done through deep rather than shallow discussions.”
No official opening date has been set yet for the museum to open, though museum leaders confirm it will be this summer. The Leonardo also announced nearly $1.3 million dollars in new donations from several foundations, corporations, and the state of Utah.
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