The new National Museum of Mathematics will open Dec. 15 in Manhattan. At 11 E. 26th St., to be specific, on the north side of Madison Square Park.
The museum will be open 10 to 5, seven days a week. Talk about an educational opportunity.
According to the museum’s website:
Mathematics illuminates the patterns that abound in our world. The National Museum of Mathematics strives to enhance public understanding and perception of mathematics. Its dynamic exhibits and programs will stimulate inquiry, spark curiosity, and reveal the wonders of mathematics. The museum’s activities will lead a broad and diverse audience to understand the evolving, creative, human, and aesthetic nature of mathematics.
After a small math museum on Long Island closed, a group of “interested parties” started meeting to explore something new and more ambitious. They got a charter from the state in 2009 and have already raised over $22 million.
The journal Nature recently interviewed Glen Whitney, executive director of the museum. Asked what will set the museum apart, he answered: “…a focus on physical interaction, especially whole-body involvement; an effort to show as broad a spectrum of the world of mathematics as possible, not tied to any specific curriculum; and an emphasis on giving people the experience of the ‘Aha!’ moment of discovery.”
Educators can register HERE to preview the museum on Dec. 17 from 4-7.