MOMA, the Guggenheim, the American Museum of Natural History . . . and the Climate Museum?

If Miranda Massie has her way, a museum about climate change could become a hot new destination in New York City. The project is still in the planning stages, but Massie hopes it will eventually attract more than one million visitors a year.

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Her plan is to create both interactive and traditional displays that engage people by making climate change more tangible.

Ultimately, she wants to place the issue at the center of public conversations.

Massie: “And that includes conversations about public health, about social inequality, about finance, about military security, about the weather.”

A permanent institution is still years away, but Massie is already planning pop-up exhibits – the first of which will take place next summer on Governor’s Island.

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An interactive exhibit, it will allow visitors to create their own plans for how the U.S can cut carbon pollution enough by the year 2050 to avoid the most dangerous effects of climate change.

An app will allow people to continue interacting with the exhibit after they leave – since Massie hopes they will walk away feeling empowered that global warming is solvable.

Climate Museum sketch

Reporting credit: ChavoBart Digital Media.
Photo source: Climate Museum website.

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Diana Madson contributed regularly to Yale Climate Connections from 2014 to 2021. She enjoys exploring U.S.-based stories about unexpected and innovative solutions to climate change. In addition to her...