Monday, January 26, 2009

Calif Academy of Sciences review on Exhibit Files


Posted by Judith White on Exhibit Files:
"On a Friday afternoon in mid January my husband, Dale Marcellini, and I made a visit to the new California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park. Both of us had been to the old Academy... Both of us have worked in museums and zoos for many years in education, exhibits and animal husbandry (Dale was curator of herpetology at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo.)

But this was not a professional visit. A friend, who is not a museum professional, invited us. We put aside our critical faculties and planned to be tourists and “just enjoy the visit,” as our friend advised. After a while that proved difficult; there were just too many issues that stirred us up..."

Ms White's review provides many interesting observations about the architecture and the exhibits. African Hall is one of several areas singled out for special praise. Read the full review here.