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Spirit of Acadiana: The Science Museum Waits

Posted at 7:21 PM, May 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-16 23:22:08-04

The Lafayette Science Museum may be closed to customers but know this—the staff isn’t done working. You see while they while they wait for the official reopen date, know this—science never stops.

There are exhibits and displays… things to awe, and things to “wow”. But at the Lafayette Science Museum, one thing is missing: Visitors.

“how does it feel to be here in the middle of the day with no patrons? it’s eerie, it’s eerie,” answers Lafayette Science Museum executive director Kevin Krantz. “It’s not something I thought that I would ever see,:”

It wasn’t until the last couple weeks that museum personnel were allowed back into the building, and being an entity of the city government, they still don’t know when they’ll be allowed to reopen. The cleaning is practically non-stop essentially because of this: the Lafayette Science Museum is an enclosed space, and about 2/3 of its activities are “hands-on”.

“We really have to be smart, think these things through and keep things spotless,” says Krantz.

They are getting ready for customer-exhibit social distancing, even in the planetarium on the second floor: “What we have done is we have six rows of planetarium chairs… rows 2, 4 and 6 will be available for seating with three chairs of space in between each family,” he explains.

The time away gave staff members do sort of virtual retreats—reflect on the museum’s past present and future. “When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade; when life gives you ‘this’ we get busy on inside stuff,” laughs Krantz.

Virtual learning portals, updates and re-do’s----New programming is coming—including a dazzling weather exhibit especially near and dear to the hearts of some KATC employees, and Krantz is very excited to show it off. “We could not be happier with the way that it came out there’s just this huge mix of technology, information, cutting edge, technology.”

So, the weather exhibit one of the amazing things we can’t wait to see when the Lafayette Science Museum reopens. Big picture? We just can’t wait until the Science Museum flat out reopens.

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