Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, across the river from Manhattan, is reopening on July 19, 2007, after a 22 month, $109 million dollar expansion, and the changes are dramatic. As one of the most intensively visited museums in the country, it has grown from 196,000 square feet to 295,000 square feet, filling the space with an amazing array of new exhibits and programs.
Their signature exhibit, “Skyscraper! Achievement and Impact”, is the largest exhibition on this subject in the world, and includes artifacts from the World Trade Center.
There is something for everyone, with exhibits like “Eat and Be Eaten,” an exploration of how animals catch prey and avoid becoming prey. “Infection Connection” is all about germs, and the consequences of not washing your hands, which is a perfect segue for “I Explore”, a hands-on program for the under six set.
We at HOLDCOM are obviously intrigued by “Communication”, with four exhibition areas, Body and Language; Symbols, Signs and Writing; Print, Audio and Video; and Signals and Networks. For more information on this expansion, visit them at www.lsc.org.
One of the most important changes at Liberty Science Center is their use of Green Technology. On the roof of their new wing are solar panels, responsible for meeting almost 15% of the Center’s energy needs. They are also collecting rainwater runoff, directing it into a small wetland area, augmenting water resources and encouraging a more diverse ecosystem.
Being closed for renovations doesn’t mean you are closed for business. While LSC was growing by leaps and bounds, HOLDCOM was helping keep their guests in the loop with their Message-On-Hold program. HOLDCOM has provided Liberty Science Center with professional on-hold messaging for their administration phone line for many years now. “As the New Jersey/New York area’s largest science education center, it is imperative that we offer professional customer service options to our callers, and we always receive comments on the clear messages, pleasant music, and professional voices on our on hold system,” states Dina Schipper, Manager of Communications.
At HOLDCOM, we value our ongoing collaboration with Liberty Science Center and congratulate them on their grand re-opening. We also salute them for their positive impact on science education. Not only do they show us the world of science, they demonstrate it through their ecological awareness.