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New Hall of Biodiversity exhibit opens at San Bernardino County Museum
The San Bernardino County Museum has opened a new exhibit, the Hall of Biodiversity. The exhibit celebrates the county’s unique ecological diversity including deserts, mountain ranges, lakes and creeks. The biodiversity also provides for exhibits of small mammals, arthropods, birds and large mammals.
The exhibits of large mammals are from collections specific to southern California. The mammals featured are both locally extinct and currently endangered; others were introduced in historic times and some are currently flourishing. The Hall of Biodiversity is located on the museum’s upper level.
“The Hall of Biodiversity gives visitors the opportunity to explore the region’s rich biodiversity through interactive exhibits, displays, and specimens from our extraordinary mammal collection,” said David Myers, the museum’s curator of visitor experience. “Along the way, visitors will make their own discoveries by viewing plants and insects up close under digital microscopes, find out what they can do to keep animal populations healthy by becoming citizen scientists, and learn the fascinating stories of why bison roam Catalina Island and how the California condor was brought back from the brink of extinction.”
The San Bernardino County Museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $10 (adult), $8 (military or senior), $7 (student), and $5 (child aged 5 to 12). Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities and parking is free for all individuals. The museum is located at 2024 Orange Tree Lane in Redlands.
“Human behavior has the power to impact the environment, so we want visitors to come away from the Hall of Biodiversity understanding why biodiversity is important in our region, what we have done in the past to shape our environment, and feel empowered to make a positive impact in their own communities,” said Myers.