The countdown is now underway for the opening of the eagerly awaited Collider exhibition at the Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI). Launching in Manchester on Friday May23rd, this will be the first stop on an international tour of this critically acclaimed and landmark exhibition.
“awe and wonder of the LHC and particle physics”
In just over two weeks, visitors to MOSI will be transported into the heart of one of the biggest scientific experiments of our time: the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Blending theatre and video with sound art, this illuminating exhibition takes visitors on a unique behind-the-scenes tour of the CERN particle physics laboratory in Geneva.
“I’m looking forward to seeing Collider open in Manchester, not just because it’s my home town and I’ve worked at the University for over 20 years. It is where modern particle physics began when Rutherford discovered the atomic nucleus by smashing helium nuclei into gold foil, and that great intellectual adventure continues in CERN today,” commented Brian Cox, Professor of Particle Physics at the University of Manchester, who makes a cameo appearance in the exhibition. “CERN is an extraordinary place, and the exhibition team have done a great job of capturing the excitement, awe and wonder of the LHC and particle physics.”
MOSI Director Jean Franczyk said: “What a coup for the Museum of Science & Industry that we will be the first stop in an international tour of the most famous scientific experiment of our time. This exhibition is a perfect fit for us and a great opportunity for everybody across the region to come to MOSI and fully immerse themselves in the drama and the triumph of this great experiment at CERN.”
The Science Museum developed the exhibition with an award-winning creative team including Nissen Richards Studio, Olivier Award-winning playwright Michael Wynne (The Priory) and Olivier-winner video artist Finn Ross (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time). Through close collaboration with CERN, visitors can enjoy exclusive access to real LHC artefacts in the exhibition including a part of one of the large 15-metre magnets that steer the particle beam, and elements from each of the LHC’s four giant detectors.
Collider’s tour to the Museum of Science & Industry in Manchester, which is part of the Science Museum Group, has been made possible with thanks to the support of the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery and the Science & Technology Facilities Council.
Collider: step inside the world’s greatest experiment will run at the Museum of Science & Industry from 23 May – 28 September 2014. Tickets are available at the Museum or online. For full details of group and family rates and discounts visit mosi.org.uk.
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