Madison Science Museum Presentation and
Tour 5/19/16. Dave Nelson and Olga Trubetskoy of the Madison
Science Museum reviewed the history and vision for the museum,
described current and planned exhibits, and spoke about challenges
facing the museum. The following is a list of planned new
exhibits and expansions of current exhibits.
- Exhibit about physics and applied technology of plasma (based
on slow plasma ball and tube)
- Second leg of the infrared-exhibit − Thermal imaging
- Expansion of bio-imaging exhibit: human and animal vision and
senses. Bioengineering used to enhance human senses
- Music, sound and imaging in relation to sound waves
- Radio waves and amateur radio/radio telescope story
- Semiconductor and conductivity story
- History of computer and computation technologies
- Assistance is needed for all phases of exhibit development and
- The exhibits need to be designed.
- Components need to be obtained or fabricated.
- Explanations need to be developed.
- Display copy needs to be written.
- The exhibits need to be constructed.
Dave and Olga, and the museum’s executive director, Arianna Murphy,
discussed with us ways in which the Madison IEEE section and
individual members might support the museum. In addition to
components related to the above list of specific exhibits, museum
personnel may be interested in any items of a scientific, technical,
engineering or mathematical nature that someone might wish to
donate. They would be interested in trade show exhibits. They are
not concerned about the promotional aspects of such exhibits. They
may also be interested in hearing from anyone who has a story to
tell or something to demonstrate that might be of interest to a
group of students.
The museum celebrates scientific and engineering achievements that
have a Wisconsin connection. Museum personnel are particularly
interested in historical items and documents that illustrate
Wisconsin’s role in technological developments. Several members
offered to check into specific items and follow up with museum
After the meeting, members had the opportunity to tour the museum
and discuss the exhibits with museum personnel. The Madison Science
Museum occupies the 6th floor of the south side of the Madison Area
Technical College building at 211 N. Carroll St. Madison, WI. Their
web site is here (MSM).
Anyone who wishes to explore volunteering or making a monetary or
material donation can find contact information on the museum web