Detroit Science Center To Open 'Mini Mac' Exhibit

80-Foot-Long Mackinac Bridge Replica will be Science Center's Largest

Permanent Exhibit

Exhibit Opening will Commemorate 50th Anniversary of the "Mighty Mac"

Jun 19, 2007, 01:00 ET from Detroit Science Center

    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
     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
     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,

SOURCE Detroit Science Center