DETROIT, June 19 /PRNewswire/ -- On July 19, 2007, the Detroit Science Center will open the largest, tallest exhibit ever to be added to its permanent exhibit collection -- an 80-foot-long replica of the Mackinac Bridge. The Science Center is building the exhibit as part of the State of Michigan's 50th Anniversary of the building of the Mighty Mac, to be celebrated one week after the opening of the Mini Mac. The exhibit will be located in the center of the Science Center's main level, and will become the primary pedestrian walkway over the Level 2 Science Stage located one story below. "The Mini Mac exhibit will help Science Center visitors understand the complexity of a suspension bridge and hopefully inspire our young visitors to explore careers in civil engineering," said Detroit Science Center President & CEO Kevin F. Prihod. "We are thrilled to have the Mackinac Bridge as part of the permanent collection at the Detroit Science Center," said State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle. "We hope one of the most inspirational engineering feats of the 20th century will inspire future engineers of the 21st century." American Bridge Company, responsible for the construction of the Mackinac Bridge, is contributing to the Detroit Science Center's Mini Mac. Sherwin- Williams, the supplier of paint for the real Mackinac Bridge, is providing the Science Center with Mackinac Bridge Green and Mackinac Bridge Off-White paint to help support the project. The Mackinac Bridge, which opened to traffic on Nov. 1, 1957, is celebrating 50 years of service to the people of Michigan. To celebrate this milestone in Michigan's history, many exciting events will take place in the Straits area. The Mackinac Bridge 50th Celebration will take place on July 27 - 28, 2007. For more information, please visit http://www.mackinacbridge.org/. The Detroit Science Center features 110,000 square feet of scientific exploration, including Michigan's only IMAX(R) Dome Theatre; the Dassault Systemes Planetarium; the Ford Learning Resource Center; the DTE Energy Sparks Theater; the DaimlerChrysler Science Stage; an 8,700 square-foot Science Hall for traveling exhibits; hands-on exhibit galleries focusing on space, life and physical science; an SBC Children's Gallery for pint-size scientists; and a Special Events Lobby. The Science Center has served more than 1.8 million visitors since its grand re-opening on July 28, 2001. For more information, please call 313-577-8400 or visit the website, http://www.detroitsciencecenter.org.
SOURCE Detroit Science Center