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Austin science museum and planetarium reopens with 2 new exhibits

Austin science museum and planetarium reopens with 2 new exhibits

Texas Museum of Science and Technology Planetarium
The planetarium at the Texas Museum of Science and Technology reopens September 22, along with two new exhibits. Texas Museum of Science and Technology/Facebook

The Texas Museum of Science and Technology (TXMoST) celebrates its grand reopening in Cedar Park this week with a full lineup of events — and two new exhibitions. Festivities began with a special gala on Thursday, September 21, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, September 22.

“I am proud to have a state-of-the-art museum like TXMoST in Cedar Park,” says Cedar Park Mayor Matt Powell. “The museum and its important exhibitions will aid in the continued education of science, technology, and discovery in our community here in Cedar Park and across Texas.”

Austin’s first science museum, planetarium, and technology center, the mission of TXMoST is “to engage the scientist in all of us by igniting a spirit of inquiry.” For almost 13 years, TXMoST was known as the Austin Planetarium, traveling around the Central Texas area with a mobile planetarium. In March 2015, the museum moved to an interim facility in Cedar Park, where it acquired a state-of-the-art planetarium and built an interactive "Timewalk" exhibition, illustrating the history of life from the Precambrian era to today. 

“We could not be more excited to reopen the museum after our extensive remodel,” says Torvald Hessel, TXMoST founder and chief strategy officer. “The launch of our newest exhibitions and renovated interior will engage curious minds of all ages from around the state.”

Among the new exhibits is the Drug Enforcement Administration’s "Drugs: Cost and Consequences," an interactive exploration of the effects of drugs on both individuals and society. The display is appropriate for guests of middle school age and above, and it will be open daily through June 20, 2018.  

Also on display are replicas of Leonardo da Vinci’s "Machines in Motion," which provides visitors of all ages the chance to explore the concepts and ideas of the great Italian artist. The show presents 40 different machines built by a group of scientists and skilled craftsmen in collaboration with the Leonardo da Vinci Museum in Florence. 

The museum’s original dinosaur and fossil exhibit, "Timewalk," also has been revamped and expanded for the reopening. Regular hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 am to 6 pm; Friday and Saturday 10 am to 9 pm; Sunday 11 am to 6 pm.