2014-2015 Annual Report: Transformation

Letter from Andrea Walsh

Dear Friends,

Andrea WalshThis past year, we made great strides in advancing the mission of the Science Museum of Minnesota to inspire learning, inform policy, and improve lives. We also began implementing our new strategic plan to create the next generation science museum which will expand programs and refresh the facility, strengthen engagement, and be more inclusive of the whole community.

Over 720,000 people visited our museum and an additional 830,000 people engaged with Science Museum-produced exhibitions installed at museums across the country. In Saint Paul, we launched the world premiere of our Space exhibition, hosted a Butterfly House exhibit, and offered the Flight of the Butterflies and D-Day films in our Omnitheater. Students and educators from all 87 counties in Minnesota participated in our education programs.

We informed policy through our testimony at the state capitol and our participation at the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Academy of Sciences, and the National Academy of Engineering, where we focused on ensuring that the next generations of science learners are set up for success. Our Teacher Professional Development department provided 242 hours of training for K-12 educators (translating to almost 8,000 participant hours) and 100 percent of the high school seniors involved with the Kitty Andersen Youth Science Center graduated high school on time.

In the coming year, we will announce new leadership, and we are fortunate to have John Stanoch, former board chair and longtime community leader, as our interim president.

We are well positioned for the future, and you can rest assured that with every new exhibit, education initiative, and outreach effort, we are furthering the mission. Thank you for your partnership and investment in the Science Museum of Minnesota.


Andrea Walsh

Andrea Walsh
Board of Trustees

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