Chabot Space & Science Center

Museum

In a time when the power of Chinese Emperors and the readings of royal astronomers were intricately linked, Imperial China was a world unto itself. The Chabot Space & Science Center provides Western visitors a rare glimpse of dynasties long past through the ancient history of Chinese astronomy. Group Delphi was selected to turn that vision into the 4,500 square foot traveling exhibit: Dragon Skies.

A STAR-STUDDED TOUR Dragon Skies was a collection of 31 mobile exhibits featuring seven large astronomical artifacts, chronographs, stone carvings, and star maps never before seen outside the People’s Republic of China. In collaboration with Gyroscope Design, Group Delphi fabricated, managed, and delivered the experience across eight U.S. cities — transporting immense structures and intricate displays around the country.
THE DRAGON ROARED Dragon Skies was part of a larger effort by Chabot to draw in members to a museum that was relatively new. After Dragon Skies and other similar exhibits moved through the space, the membership count for the science center increased by over 250%. The doors are open for visitors to experience all Chabot has to teach, opening their eyes to a different view of the world both around and above them.
ASTRONOMICAL EDUCATION To demystify complex astronomical treasures, the exhibit was curated to combine artifacts with interactive elements and educational graphics. Visitors learned how to make their own star maps, how to tell time with a water clock, and discovered just how Chinese astronomers used the knowledge of the heavens in their royal service. To accommodate different learning styles, information was presented in a way that would engage both the studied visitor and the more informal observer alike.
“After Dragon Skies and other similar exhibits moved through the space, the membership count for the science center increased by over 250%.”

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