Thursday, July 14, 2016

Sparks are flying this summer at the Bruce Museum

The Bruce Museum located on One Museum Dr. in Greenwich  will sizzle with excitement this spring and summer during their showing of Electricity, a special exhibition developed by The Franklin Institute. Electricity brings the science and history of electricity to life through engaging hands-on interactive displays 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 museum goers examine concepts such as static electricity, attraction and repulsion, sparking, magnetic motion.
Reciprocating Motor Many early electric motors were reciprocating motors like this one that moves the wheel when the coils are turned turn on and off at just the right time.

Crowd-pleasing favorites include the lightning tendrils of purple, pink, and blue extended by the Plasma Tube and the Jumping Ring, which allows guests to wield electrical discharge, repelling a ring into the air. Visitors will learn how flowing currents relate to magnetic fields and how their own body can become a battery. The exhibition also highlights the applications and uses of electricity, how electricity gets into your home, sustainability, and electrical safety.
Plasma Tube - Colored light appears after voltage is applied to a gas in the plasma tube. 

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 twentieth century. Whether nostalgic renderings of gaslit boulevards, starkly illuminated dance halls or abstracted prisms of electric street lamps, approximately 50 artworks will be shown by such artists as Edgar Degas, Mary Cassat, Pierre Bonnard, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Childe Hassam, Edouard Vuillard, James Tissot and Charles Marville.
The tightly coiled wire in this solenoid produces a strong magnetic force when the power is turned on. 

About the Bruce:
The Bruce Museum is a regionally-based, world-class museum promoting an appreciation of art and an understanding of science in more than a dozen changing exhibitions annually and with permanent galleries that feature the natural sciences. Each year, the Bruce Museum provides cultural, educational and experiential exhibitions and programs that appeal to a broad cross-section of people throughout Fairfield and Westchester Counties. The Museum welcomes approximately 80,000 visitors, including 13,000 school aged children annually and has over 6,000 public program attendees.
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