Wildlife dioramas from Great Valley collections will take up much of the first floor of the
Bauer will also supervise the science center's state-of-the-art planetarium, serving MJC astronomy classes, hosting school field trips and offering community events.
The shift is expected to begin in August, though many stored exhibits have made their way to the back rooms on the west campus.
Bauer began work last week. The
"We are excited to have Barry joining us as director of the
"He's worked in the aerospace industry, as a teacher and as a museum curator -- all perspectives that will prove instrumental in the success of the
Bauer comes to
A former high school teacher, his classes included biology, physics and history. Bauer has designed and created various aerospace display models and exhibits for both private companies and government institutions and has more than 40 years of experience building scale models using a variety of materials and techniques, including airbrushing and scratch building.
"I look forward to meeting the challenges of opening the new museum facility and building on the solid educational programs already in place," Bauer said. "My background in teaching, engineering and museum management enable me to immediately engage in all aspects of the job."
Bauer holds a bachelor's degree in history from
The GVM's mission is to educate and promote the study of science and nature throughout the
For more information, go to www.mjc.edu/instruction/sme/gvm/events.php. Until August the museum is open
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