From ball bearings to gears, to architecture, everything we create today is built on a strong foundation of ancient science and engineering. Created by Artisans of Florence, fifty highly interactive stations let families follow in the footsteps of Archimedes the father of Science, Roman engineer Marcus Vitruvius, and the great Leonardo Da Vinci.
Told by the people themselves, this exhibition from the Center for Lao Studies tells the refugees’ stories in their own words; tracing their lives after the Secret War, and of their journeys from their homes in Laos to reeducation camps to refugee camps to finding new homes in the United States.
Escape the heat and become a prehistoric explorer as we dig up real fossils, uncover dinosaurs from our “tar pit”, or check out The World’s Largest Dinosaurs exhibition. You can also decorate your own reusable canvas bag!
Come meet the turtles at Turtle bay and help us celebrate World Turtle Day! Whether you’re in the desert, forest or ocean – turtles are found almost everywhere. This special turtle program will introduce you to the diversity of the turtle world.
Free with Park admission
We are proud to open our Museum doors with lights dimmed, minimal sounds, and a relaxed atmosphere. Sensory Hour is an exclusive event for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families to experience the Museum. Our goal is to make Sensory Hour a comfortable environment for children with a variety of sensory differences. Our trained staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer any questions you have, and if necessary, direct you to a quiet space that provides a chance to cool down and take a break.
This program is free, however pre-registration is required and space is limited. For more information and to register, please call 530-242-3108.
Continue the celebration of Week of the Young Child! Enjoy fun activities throughout the Park and more with our community partners. Join us at 10 am for a special story time with special guest, Mike Krueger from KRCR News! Special event admission is free for children 5 & under. Each child 5 & under also admits one adult free of charge. Children ages 6 & older and additional adults are half price. Preschool groups may register ahead of time by calling 530-242-3108.
Join us Saturday, March 31 at 11am for a 30-minute presentation from US Forest Service Smokejumpers in the Mill Building at Turtle Bay! Learn about what they do and how they do it, including the equipment they use, training they go through, and why it's such an important job. At 12 pm enjoy an opportunity to meet Smokey Bear and learn how you can prevent wildfires! Free for Members / Included in Park admission.
Local author, Marla Huehmer, will read her book, Andrew the Blue-Eared Puppy. This story provides insight to parents and children on how to talk about the feelings that come with leaving old friends, encountering different situations, and making new friends. Learn how this unique and artistic book was created, illustrated, and published. Come and be inspired by this heartfelt story and enjoy a special craft that will take you into the world of book illustration.
Whether you’re a painter or a person who has never touched a brush, local artist and art instructor, Lura Wilhelm, will guide you in painting your own take-home masterpiece. No experience is necessary. Invite your friends and register today! One glass of wine and all materials are included. 21+ only. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Call 242-3108 to register. Please note: cancellations made within 48 hours will not be refunded.
Go behind the scenes to see how developers, producers, and designers use math to do amazing things. From the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, this interactive exhibition highlights the relationship between mathematical thinking and the creative process. Explore concepts like patterns, variables, scale, slope, and ratios used by artists, architects, engineers, musicians, and other innovators.
Curated from works submitted by local schools that participate in Turtle Bay’s all volunteer “Famous Artists” art outreach program.
Invite your friends and register today for Paint Night at the Museum. No experience is necessary as local artist and art instructor, Lura Wilhelm, will guide you as you create your take-home masterpiece. One glass of wine and all materials are included. 21+ only, space is limited and pre-registration is required. Call 242-3108 - $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers, only at Turtle Bay!
Maker Demonstration Day is an opportunity for museum guests to meet local makers and discover more about the tools they use. Come to Zubie’s Classroom to see computerized making tools of all kinds in action. Chat with real-life makers to learn how these machines work, or just watch them go as they cut wood, shape plastic, and make art! Free for members, included in Park admission, only at Turtle Bay!
Enjoy some of our favorite Ansel Adams photographs from Turtle Bay’s art collection. Ansel Adams is one of the most beloved and recognized artists of our time. His iconic images inspire wilderness lovers and aspiring photographers alike. Adams' dream - "To encourage self - expression in others and stimulate the search for beauty and creative excitement in the great world around us" is one of the pillars of Turtle Bay's mission!
Turtle Bay Exploration Park is offering a deeply discounted admission to the Park on Saturday, December 2, 2017. Admission for all ages will be just $2 per person all day for access to the entire Park, thanks to J. F. Shea. In a continued effort to make Turtle Bay as accessible as possible to the Redding community and beyond, Turtle Bay strives to offer discount days when possible.
Bigfoot In Our Backyard
May 20 – October 1, 2017
Turtle Bay Museum - Main Gallery
We have our very own legendary creature. Take a closer look at the Bigfoot phenomenon in Northern California. Investigate the evidence, see casts of suspected tracks, learn about sightings, and delve into how Bigfoot has become part of our local identity.