Inspiring Minds at Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit

Black pioneers in science, technology, engineering and math are showcased in a big new family-friendly exhibit at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit.

Opening Nov. 10, Inspiring Minds: African Americans in Science and Technology is a permanent exhibit featuring historical and modern visionaries who've impacted these "STEM" fields, including inventors, researchers, aviators and key historical figures – from famed scientist, botanist, educator and inventor George Washington Carver to Mae Carol Jemison, the first black female woman astronaut who traveled into space.

Other key attractions include "Rejecting Constraints" (about African American women in science) and "Without Consent" (which details the quest for black medical rights). The exhibit ultimately explores physical, earth and life sciences – along with tech/engineering.

To help children dive into these concepts, there are hands-on exhibits with informational kiosks to explore, a touch-screen video wall and play areas that teach basic engineering principles.

The museum anticipates this new showcase exhibit, which explores trailblazers dating back to the 17th century, will be a star attraction like its popular And Still We Rise – its powerful central exhibit that details the African American journey in the United States.

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $8/adults, $5/ages 3-12, $5/ages 65-plus and free entry for those under 3.

Check out the Metro Parent listing to learn about the new Inspiring Minds permanent exhibit at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit.


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