Coast to Cactus

The San Diego Natural History Museum is in the process of installing a $9 million dollar exhibition featuring an Airstream!  Check out this article below from James Chute of U-T San Diego about how and why this Airstream is making its home in the San Diego Natural History Museum!

The San Diego Natural History Museum  is installing a $9 million dollar permanent exhibition, “Coast to Cactus,” to complement its popular “Fossil Mysteries.” “They will take visitors from the geologic past through the ecological present to the issues that will concern us in the future,” said museum director Michael Hager. The exhibit provides an overview of San Diego habitats, which are unparalleled in their diversity.

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Exhibit designers assemble a model of the desert section of “Coast to Cactus.” They decided an Airstream might be a fun and inviting way to get people involved in the desert portion, which also includes a large desert-in-bloom mural and diorama, and interactive elements, including a campsite with chairs to watch a presentation on the changing desert.

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Exhibit technician C. Paul Majors (dark green shirt), exhibit designer Jim Melli (light green shirt) and lead exhibit designer Michael Field (with camera in back), unhitch the trailer and get it into the museum’s loading dock.

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Exhibit technician Brian Gibson (dark blue shirt) and Melli start to unload the tailer from the museum’s fright elevator.

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The trailer takes its own journey through time, moving through the “Fossil Mysteries” exhibit on its way to its permanent gallery.

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The Airstream reaches its final destination, where the desert exhibit will be built around it and inside of it.

Stay tuned for more updates about the Coast to Cactus Exhibit with the San Diego Natural History Museum!