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Museum of Science awarded $1 million

The John R. Oishei Foundation has awarded a $1 million grant to support the Buffalo Museum of Science Master Plan.

The award provides funding for two Health Sciences and Earth Systems Science Studios, which will allow interactive exhibits utilizing the museum's collections. Construction is expected to begin immediately.

"The grant will allow us to focus on the science currently happening in Western New York," a grateful Mark Mortenson, museum president and chief operating officer, said.

"Our Science Studios will support science inquiry and stronger connections to contemporary physical science, engineering and biomedicine, offering the community a venue to learn more about the innovation that is happening right here in Western New York."

Robert D. Gioia, the Oishei Foundation's president, said in a statement that the philanthropy wanted to help "reinvigorate one of the region's "most important cultural institutions."

"The opportunity to support the creation of engaging, hands-on science that showcases the exciting innovations taking place in our community was very attractive to our foundation," Gioia said.

"The Chronicles of Narnia: The Exhibition," based on the popular book and film series, is on exhibit through May 10. "Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion," which presents da Vinci's ideas through 40 interactive machines constructed by scientists and craftsmen in Florence, Italy, opens June 4.

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