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OPENING MAY 12 | WATER: H2O = LIFE

Water: H2O = Life is a visually stunning exhibition that invites the whole family to explore the beauty and wonder of water and illuminates one of the most pressing challenges of the 21st century: the sustainable management and use of this life-giving, but finite, resource.





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THE Museum at Prairiefire - OPENS MAY 2014



No longer just an idea, the Museum at Prairiefire is a reality. It will collaborate with the very best in this pioneering initiative: the American Museum of Natural History in New York, one of the most celebrated museums in the world. Through the American Museum of Natural History exhibitions, unprecedented and interactive eduational resources will be available to our region. These educational resources, developed and tested by the American Museum of Natural Historyís staff of over 100 educators, are designed to increase interest in the very important topics of science, technology, engineering and math.

Merging curiosity, education, and experience... it's happening.

Imagine the heart of Prairiefire, where a museum unlike any other in the Midwest beats, where human cultures, the natural world, and the universe come alive. The Museum at Prairiefire, where visitors understand and celebrate the world around them - past and present - through exciting, state-of-the-art community engagement and education.

General admission

Museum at Prairiefire Opens May 12, 2014!

General entry to the Museum at Prairiefire grants access to exhibits throughout the Great Hall, the Prairiefire Café, the Wetlands Interpretive Trail
and the Museum Store

AMNH EXHIBITION ADMISSION

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Admission to the American Museum of Natural History Exhibition Hall supports the Museum's community and educational endeavors.

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Permanent Museum Opens 2014

Admission to the children’s Discovery Room supports the Museum's community and educational endeavors. (Children must be accompanied by an adult.)

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Memberships Support Our Mission

Become a Member

Members Always Receive Free Admission to the AMNH Exhibitions and Discovery Room! Members also receive discounted admission for additional tickets to AMNH Exhibitions, special events, lectures and more.

Museum Shop

The Museum at Prairiefire Store offers unique collections of jewelry, exclusive stationary, postcards, and posters, a distinctive assortment of books, home decor and gifts including educational toys for children.

The goal of the Museum Store is to inform, educate and extend our visitors' appreciation of their Museum experience with quality products, excellent customer service and creative programs. Your purchases help support the Museum's  collections, research and educational programs.

GREAT THINGS TO DO AT PRAIRIEFIRE

Interesting people. Delightful places. Great things to do.

  • Explore the Wetlands Interpretive Trail.
  • Enjoy dinner and a movie.
  • Play bocce with friends and family.
  • Shop and dine in the museum district.
Prairiefire offers unique amenities that include live music, custom play elements, a pet-friendly shopping environment, commissioned art elements, fountains, Pinstripes Bowling, Bocce Bistro, Cinetopia Movie Theater and outdoor fireplaces. The convenience of 12 restaurants and eateries, residences and a fashion district make Prairiefire the ultimate shop, play, and stay destination!

Discover

Imagine an unprecedented celebration of the natural beauty of the Plains, where a vibrant community of residents and visitors gathers, explores, and celebrates.

The Museum at Prairiefire is dedicated to helping the region grow, children learn, people engage in their community, and visitors and families celebrate together.

Imagine a museum unlike any other in the Midwest, where human cultures, the natural world, and the universe come alive through exciting, state-of-the-art community engagement and education.

Imagine experiencing and learning from a continuous series of innovative and original exhibitions developed by the 143 year-old American Museum of Natural History, one of the world’s pre-eminent scientific and cultural institutions. It's all here at the Museum at Prairiefire.

The Museum will engage visitors and area students with world-class exhibitions, important programming, and significant educational opportunities.

OUR MISSION:
Through a unique collaboration with the American Museum of Natural History, as well as with other cultural and educational institutions in the Kansas City area, the Museum at Prairiefire will create a place to understand and celebrate natural history and culture in our region and around the world. The Museum will engage visitors and area students with world-class exhibitions, important programming, and significant educational opportunities.

The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world’s preeminent scientific, educational, and cultural institutions.

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t has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world and the universe through a wide-reaching program of scientific research, education and exhibitions. The New York location encompasses Hayden Planetarium, as well as galleries for temporary exhibitions.

Facts about AMNH

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ong celebrated for the depth of its collections and the wide scope of its halls, the Museum has continuously been at the forefront of scientific discovery and interpretive programming. The Museum is dedicated both to acquiring scientific knowledge and to sharing that information with the broadest audience possible. By combining research and educational efforts, the Museum seeks to expand public understanding of the cosmos and the diversity of life on Earth.

Ignite

Project IGNITE is the Museum’s metro‐wide student advisory team.

The students meet monthly to provide sound input on subjects such as the exhibitions, social media, relevant lectures, space design and the Discovery Room. If you are interested in being part of the team, download the application.

A Fresh Take on the Museum

Early in the Museum at Prairiefire development process, some of the outstanding students at Blue Valley CAPS, through Project Ignite, had the chance to make their mark on the architecture. With a little help from DLR Architects, they designed this beautiful structure, including some elements you will see in the museum’s final design! Amazing…

Project Ignite "6 Words"

The youth of Project IGNITE were asked to provide "6 Words" that described their vision of creating community around the Museum at Prairiefire.

Responses:

Project Ignite at Thinkwell

The Museum at Prairiefire is preparing for the installation of many engaging visitor experiences.

Check out Sophia Porter (second from right) participating with Thinkwell, the exhibition curators for the museum, and the Museum at Prairiefire team working away on the children’s Discovery Room.

Educate

In the spring of 2014, the Museum at Prairiefire will open its doors to the Kansas City region as a cultural and educational institution for young and old. The uniqueness of this endeavor is rooted in the long-term collaborative agreement with New York City’s esteemed cultural icon, the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH).

For the first time in its 143 year history, AMNH has partnered with another institution to provide a continuous venue for their world class, internationally acclaimed exhibitions and abundant resources. The alignment of two missions built upon education, the sustainability of science and access for all has molded a relationship unlike any other between AMNH and the Museum at Prairiefire.

Educational programs, such as expert lectures, student engagement projects and science curriculums for educators are in development as well as creating the unique environment to showcase the AMNH traveling exhibitions that will be on display every six months.

In addition, there will be permanent exhibits, a Discovery Room for children that will provide an incredible “hands on” learning experience for those ages 3‐10 and so much more.

DISCOVERY ROOM

In the Museum at Prairiefire Discovery Room, kids will take the lead, exploring the world around them and making exciting discoveries about science and nature. Young people will be invited to become scientists themselves, actively engaging with artifacts and specimens and unlocking the secrets of the natural world from a local to a global perspective.
Interacting with treasures, large and small, engagement happens as they reconstruct the skeleton of a dinosaur, explore a mysterious sarcophagus of a long-ago Egyptian pharaoh, experience the night skies, and watch strange and exotic insects suddenly take flight.
The Discovery Room balcony overlooks the wetlands and invites our young explores to learn more about the natural history in their own region.

LEARNING WITH AMNH

For those who wish to explore the topics of the exhibitions and so much more, discover the rich resources of American Museum of Natural History one of America’s most esteemed institutions:

For Educators: Seminars on Science

When you think of the American Museum of Natural History, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Dinosaurs? Space shows? Dioramas? AMNH has lots of cool things in its collections, most of which are preserved behind-the-scenes or displayed behind exhibit glass. But there are many times when visitors – especially teachers – get to experience the Museum in a hands-on way.

Teachers in the greater Kansas City area can experience the resources and scientists first hand through Seminars on Science.

For Kids: Ology

From anthropology to zoology−with biodiversity, Einstein, paleontology, and many other topics in between−Ology offers screen time that can be both educational and fun.

World’s Largest Dinosaurs (September 29, 2013– January 4, 2014)

The World's Largest Dinosaurs explores how scientists study fossils and living animals to understand sauropod biology, and what we can learn from these extinct animals about what it means to be big. This comprehensive guide will help you explore the exhibition with your students:

Educator Guide and Materials

The Educator's Guide is the main teaching tool for the exhibition. It offers background and instructional strategies all correlated to standards for before, during, and after your visit. Help students understand the important concepts in the exhibition with this practical and printable guide.

Water (May 12 – July 13, 2014)

Water: H20=Life explores where water occurs on Earth, how it’s used, and how we can become better stewards of our water planet. This comprehensive guide will help you explore the exhibition with your students.

Educator Guide and Materials

The Educator's Guide is the main teaching tool for the exhibition. It offers background and instructional strategies all correlated to standards for before, during, and after your visit. Help students understand the important concepts in the exhibition with this practical and printable guide.

Project Ignite

Project IGNITE is the Museum’s metro‐wide student advisory team. The students meet monthly to provide sound input on subjects such as the exhibitions, social media, relevant lectures, space design and the Discovery Room.
In turn, students are provided with an inside look at how to build a large community initiative such as the Museum, volunteer opportunities, increased STEM awareness by meeting scientists on the cutting edge of research, involvement in the architectural design and construction process, meaningful internships, and additional exposure to the vast experiences available at the American Museum of Natural History.

If you are interested in being part of the team, download the application. You will also need two letters of support from significant adults who can speak to your strengths such as a teacher, spiritual leader, or coach.

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Volunteer Opportunities

We have many volunteer opportunities and activities, from interpreters inside the exhibition to greeters of our guests.  Volunteering is a wonderful way to support the Museum at Prairiefire.

The Museum is a unique venue where volunteers inspire wonder, discovery, and responsibility for our natural and cultural worlds. From greeting guests to creating memorable hands-on experiences, there are many important ways in which volunteers contribute, making them one of the Museum at Prairiefire’s richest resources!

As a volunteer you are an integral part of the Museum – whether it's interacting with guests or working with our exhibition team.

Please connect with us through volunteer@museumofpf.org.

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By making a donation, becoming a member or volunteering, you are helping the Museum to advance its mission in the community and around the region. Your support for the Museum powers youth and adult education programs, conservation of artifacts and specimens, outreach, and world-class permanent and temporary exhibitions.

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Membership provides great benefits and privileges - free admission, no waiting in lines and special access to behind-the-scenes tours - to name a few. Most importantly, Members' fees support our community outreach and education programs.

“The Museum is like family now.”

~ Founding Member

Benefits for one adult plus one guest per visit (cardholder must accompany guest)
  • Unlimited admission to the Great Hall
  • Unlimited admission to the AMNH exhibitions for one
    or two adults
  • Unlimited admission for two to the Discovery Room (all children must be accompanied by an adult and all adults must be accompanied by a child under 12)
  • 10% discount on Museum Shop purchases
  • 15% discount on Museum café purchases
  • 10% discount of additional tickets
  • Discounts on selected Museum educational programs
  • Invitations to special exhibition previews
Yes, I want to be a T Rex member!

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Benefits for up to two adults sharing the same household and 4 children under age 18.
  • Unlimited admission to the Great Hall
  • Unlimited admission to the AMNH exhibitions for one
    or two adults
  • Unlimited admission to the AMNH exhibitions for one or two adults and up to four children under the age of 18
  • Unlimited admission to Discovery Room (all children must be accompanied by an adult and all adults must be accompanied by a child under 12)
  • 10% discount on Museum Shop purchases
  • 15% discount on Museum café purchases
  • 10% discount of additional tickets
  • Discounts on selected Museum educational programs
  • Invitations to special exhibition previews for your family
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WAYS TO GIVE

Gifts from friends like you allow the Museum at Prairiefire to serve our community with inspiring education programs, resource cultivation, the care, study, and display of our American Museum of Natural History Exhibitions, the Discovery Room and collections. The Museum at Prairiefire is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization.

Planned Gifts

Ensure that the Museum at Prairiefire remains a source of learning and discovery for generations to come!  Planned gifts include bequests through your will or trust, gifts of real estate, life insurance, or other assets.

Gifts in Honor or in Memory

Make a thoughtful tribute in memory of someone special or celebrate a special occasion. Your contribution will be acknowledged by informing the family or friend you designate.

Corporate and Foundation Giving

The Museum at Prairiefire supports a variety of ways in which your organization can give including sponsorships, corporate membership pacakges, and program support.

For more information on these and other giving opportunities, please contact Missy Heidrick at (913) 647-5315 or  missy@museumofpf.org

PLAN YOUR EVENT

The Museum at Prairiefire’s mission to "Be Inspired" reaches beyond our classrooms and exhibitions into everything we do. We know the importance of your event, whether it's a wedding or a corporate cocktail party, and it will be our personal mission to help you make it inspirational and unforgettable for everyone.

The Museum at Prairiefire will be open to the public seven days a week. Conference spaces are available in the daytime, while most private events take place at or after 6:00 pm. We can accommodate special events for less than 100 guests in our meeting rooms to large events with over 350 guests in a variety of spaces. Please call us at (913) 647-5315 or email us at events@museumofpf.org to set an appointment or receive event-booking information.

VOLUNTEER

We have many volunteer opportunities and activities, from interpreters inside the exhibition to greeters of our guests.  Volunteering is a wonderful way to support the Museum at Prairiefire.

The Museum is a unique venue where volunteers inspire wonder, discovery, and responsibility for our natural and cultural worlds. From greeting guests to creating memorable hands-on experiences, there are many important ways in which volunteers contribute, making them one of the Museum at Prairiefire’s richest resources! As a volunteer you are an integral part of the Museum – whether it's interacting with guests or working with our exhibition team.

Careers

The Museum at Prairiefire is always looking for inspiring, passionate and hard-working individuals to join our team. Interested in applying? Please see available positions below:

Manager, Discovery Room
Visitor Services Coordinators
Office and Team Coordinator


APPLICATION PROCESS

Please send a cover letter, resume and references to careers@museumofpf.org. We look forward to your application!

To all those seeking employment with the Museum at Prairiefire: Thank you for your interest. We are excited that you would like to join our team! Available positions will be posted on this website; if a position piques your interest, we invite you to submit an application. While we accept general applications that are not for a particular position, we are primarily focused on filling positions we have identified and posted. All applications will be reviewed and shortlisted candidates will be contacted. We sincerely apologize that due to the volume of applications, we are unable to return phone calls or answer emails asking about the status of a specific application.

We currently do not have an internship program, however, we may post internship positions at a later date. If you are interested in an internship, please feel free to submit a resume and cover letter to careers@museumofpf.org with a subject line "Internship" and we will keep your materials on file just in case.

Thank you very much for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you!