Advisory: Grand Opening of the imagiNATIONS Activity Center

Media only: 

Joshua Voda 

Bethany Bentley


Press conference/open house for grand opening of the imagiNATIONS Activity Center


Thursday, May 17   
9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. 


National Museum of the American Indian in New York
One Bowling Green 
New York City


Kevin Gover (Pawnee), director, National Museum of the American Indian  (Additional speakers TBA)


Media must RSVP to

The imagiNATIONS Activity Center is the newest educational initiative coming to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustav Heye Center in New York. The grand-opening event will begin with a welcome reception at 9:30 a.m., followed by a blessing ceremony and welcome remarks by distinguished guests and community leaders. The center will then open for demonstration and guests will be welcomed to explore the space. Museum officials/project coordinators will be available for comment.

This multimillion-dollar upgrade to the museum transforms former office space into modernized educational and exhibition spaces. The content embraces STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics) education and introduces young visitors to Native innovations throughout history that continue to impact modern life. Along with its youth-education mission, imagiNATIONS will also play host to teacher training and cross-cultural collaborations with Native communities through onsite and distance learning.

Media interactives, mechanical hands-on activities, handling objects and introductory texts and graphics will also stress the holistic Native American approach to innovation, critical thinking, creative problem solving and sustainability. The space’s various topical sections home in on themes of agriculture, physics, chemistry, mathematics, architecture and more. For more information and section descriptions, consult the imagiNATIONS Activity Center press kit at

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