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Greenwich's Bruce Museum Lights Up With Electricity Exhibit

Many early electric motors were reciprocating motors, like the one shown, that moves the wheel when the coils are turned turn on and off at just the right time. View this at the new "Electricity" exhibit at the Bruce Museum starting May 14.
Many early electric motors were reciprocating motors, like the one shown, that moves the wheel when the coils are turned turn on and off at just the right time. View this at the new "Electricity" exhibit at the Bruce Museum starting May 14. Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Franklin Institute

GREENWICH, Conn. – The Bruce Museum will sizzle with excitement this spring and summer during its showing of “Electricity,” a special exhibition developed by The Franklin Institute, on display Saturday, May 14 through Sunday, Nov. 6.

“Electricity” brings the science and history of electricity to life through engaging hands-on interactives including plasma tubes, jumping rings, solenoid and Jacob's Ladder. Visitors will learn the fundamental principles behind electricity, such as magnetic fields, electric charges and battery technology. Sparks will fly (safely) as museumgoers examine concepts, such as static electricity, attraction and repulsion, sparking and magnetic motion.

The exhibition also highlights the applications and uses of electricity, how electricity gets into your home, sustainability and electrical safety.

Electricity will be on view in tandem with Electric Paris in the art galleries. This exhibition explores the way artists depicted older oil and gas lamps and the newer electric lighting that began to supplant them around the turn of the 20th century. Whether nostalgic renderings of gas lit boulevards, starkly illuminated dance halls or abstracted prisms of electric street lamps, approximately 50 art works will be shown by such artists as Edgar Degas, Mary Cassat, Pierre Bonnard and more.

Tuesday, May 24: Electrical Panel: A Live Interactive Conversation – Join the museum for a panel discussion with experts in the science and history of electricity. Audience members are free to quiz the guests on the wide world of electrical innovation, from Benjamin Franklin to Nikola Tesla to the future.

Tuesday, June 14: Lecture: Robots that Teach – Socially assistive robotics is a new field of robotics that focuses on developing robots capable of assisting users though social interaction. Brian Scassellati will highlight advances in building supportive robots for teaching skills to children. Scassellati is a professor of computer science, cognitive science and mechanical engineering director, NSF expedition on socially assistive robotics at Yale University.

Light refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. Programs begin promptly at 7 p.m. Lectures are free for Bruce Museum members and $15 for nonmembers. Reservations are required. Contact 203-413-6757 or info@brucemuseum.org .

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