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Current Exhibits

Then and Now: The  Changing Arctic Landscape

This exhibition pairs decades-old, large-format photos of Alaska’s Arctic with contemporary views from the same vantage points, sets changes in the northern landscape into stark relief. The exhibition also provides context about the arctic ecosystem and celebrates pioneering geologists working in Alaska. This touring exhibition from Alaska's The Museum of the North includes video testimony by Native elders, and is supplemented by cultural artifacts from the collection of the CWU Museum of Culture and Environment.  Through March 11.

 

Pluto and New Horizons.

Data from the New Horizons spacecraft has revolutionized our understanding of Pluto. Join the debate about what makes a planet a "planet" and how our knowledge about the Kuiper belt is changing. (Consultant: Dr. Bruce Palmquist)

Touring the Solar System.

A new campus wide model of the solar system. Our "sun" is the size of a baseball, hanging in the Museum's lobby. Pluto is located in the Art Department in Randall Hall! The planets and the asteroid belt are in between, in various campus buildings. (Co-curated by Museum Studies students Liz Seelye '16 and Drew Johnson '16, advised by Professors. Bruce Palmquist and Mark Auslander.)


The Wenas Creek Mammoth

Ongoing - Dean Hall Lobby
 
Thousands of years ago, a mProfessor Pat Lubinski Stands next to a life sized mammoth imageammoth was buried in the hillside near the Wenas Creek in Selah, WA. In 2005, its remains were discovered and a team from Central Washington University, headed by Pat Lubinski, began the careful process of removing the bones from the hillside. The Wenas Creek Mammoth exhibit in the MCE lobby and Window On Central display exhibit explores what the team found and what they have found out about the mammoth. The exhibit features real mammoth bones in the display case.