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Mister Rogers-Inspired Exhibit ‘How People Make Things’ Now Open At Science Museum Oklahoma

December 12, 2018
Science Museum Oklahoma - How People Make Things Exhibit

A child plays in the "How People Make Things" exhibit at Science Museum Oklahoma. The exhibit will travel to other OMN museums through 2020.

A new exhibit open this winter at Science Museum Oklahoma allows families to cut, mold, deform and assemble — all in celebration of the way things are made. 

Inspired by the factory tours in the “Mister Rogers' Neighborhood” television series, “How People Make Things” gives guests the chance to get hands-on with manufacturing processes as well as to use real tools and machines to create interesting items.

Open through mid-March and included with general admission, the exhibit was brought to SMO by the Oklahoma Museum Network.

“Fred Rogers’ father and grandfathers worked in factories. He was interested in their work, and when he included factory tours in his program he emphasized that it took people to make machines and make them work,” said Eileen Castle, director of the Oklahoma Museum Network.

As guests enter the exhibit, they can opt to don hard hats and vests before getting to work. As they weave through the exhibit, visitors can try cutting with hand tools and die cuts, explore different molding and vacuum tools, deform pennies and wire, assemble a trolley like the one in Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, and more.

“Everything we use has a story about how it was made. ‘How People Make Things’ celebrates that story — the people, the manufacturing processes and the technology used to make everyday objects in our world,” Castle added.

“How People Make Things” was developed by the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh for the Arkansas Discovery Network. It will travel to other OMN museums through 2020.

Located at 2020 Remington Place in Oklahoma City, Science Museum Oklahoma is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. The museum is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and is open with regular hours on New Year's Eve and New Year’s Day. Daily general admission is $15.95 for adults (ages 13 to 64) and $12.95 for children and seniors (ages 3 to 12 and 65 and older). Annual memberships begin at $105.

For more information about the Oklahoma Museum Network, visit www.oklahomamuseumnetwork.org.

For more information about Science Museum Oklahoma, call 405-602-6664 or visit www.sciencemuseumok.org.

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