Imagine an encounter with giant dinosaurs, the fascination of seeing the actual artifacts of the first explorers to conquer the South Pole 100 years ago, or the allure of creatures that can create their own light. At the Museum of Idaho, you can surround yourself with these wonders of the world. The Museum of Idaho is the intermountain West’s premier museum in providing nationally and internationally acclaimed exhibits to the surrounding areas. Showcasing both traveling and permanent exhibits, the museum is dedicated to preserving and educating the public in the sciences, the humanities, and the natural and cultural history.
In Eagle Rock, USA, peer into a one-room schoolhouse and shops as they appeared in the late 19th century when Eagle Rock (now Idaho Falls) was a dusty frontier town. The exhibit also covers the region’s native inhabitants, explorers like Lewis and Clark and characters like Dugout Dick, who made and lived in cave homes on public land from 1948- 2010.
Archimedes: Science and Innovations
Jan. 25, 2019 – Sept. 26, 2019
The Museum of Idaho’s (MOI) newest traveling exhibit, Archimedes: Science and Innovations, opened Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. The interactive exhibit with more than 60 items celebrates the work and legacy of Archimedes, a Greek mathematician whose inventions revolutionized the ancient world.
“It is fascinating for me to look around and see contemporary applications of these ancient technologies," says Museum of Idaho director of Exhibitions Rod Hansen. "Archimedes was a true renaissance man, 1500 years before the Renaissance.”
Archimedes (287 – 211 BCE) was an inventor and mathematician from Syracuse, a city-state on the island of Sicily. But he's well known among engineers, who teach and use the principles he developed. He was the most prominent thinker of the Hellenistic era, which combined Greek, Egyptian, and Babylonian knowledge to produce major scientific advancements. He developed geometric formulas and many of the basic building blocks of machinery. He also devised machines to defend Syracuse from attackers.
The exhibit challenges visitors to experiment with the ancient technology, including models of machines that could measure time, capsize and burn enemy ships and assist in the building of massive pyramids. Others harnessed renewable resources, such as gravity, wind, water and light to produce energy and solve practical problems.
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