On Friday, February 26th, the museum doors will open again. Timed with an exhibit about Mars at the same time that NASA in the USA has landed equipment on the planet to explore the planet. The Transition to Mars originally comes from the Design Museum in London and had its first stop on a tour of Stockholm.
The exhibition depicts how people have seen the planet closest to Earth through the ages, as well as the long and difficult journey there. Not the least of which a future settlement could look like, with an emphasis on sustainability and self-sufficiency.
Mars is special: it is red and retrograde. That is, it goes in one direction, then tests it as if it were stationary, and then turns back, says Peter Skog, director of the museum at the art museum.
That’s why people have always thought this planet is a bit mysterious – which is why we put many of our thoughts on it, says Skog, adding that science fiction has always played a role in technological development.
Gallery corner Dedicated to depicting the popular culture of the orb, with vintage posters from around the world. Among other things, David Bowie’s classic “Life on Mars” and “Mars attack!” A science fiction comedy directed by Tim Burton.
In another room, a screen extends across the wall. It’s a deserted landscape from a wide-angle view: barren rocks, deadly sandstorms, and rust-colored mountains towering toward the horizon.
“Moving to Mars” is, after all, an actual journey to this seemingly inhospitable place. A space flight that ranges from six to nine months.
In an adjacent part of the room, you’ll smell the same as on the Red Planet.
– A French perfumer tried to create the scent of Mars based on the minerals found there, says museum guide Freddy Gribe during a DN tour of the museum.
The exhibition consists of Another 150 objects from NASA, the European Space Agency, Space X, and a number of original objects from early space flights. Visitors to the museum can also explore what is needed for a self-sufficient life on this arid planet. Among other things, the spacesuit set, botanical gardens, and space gloves.
On the way out of the gallery, you are greeted by a gigantic picture of our earth.
Before that photo, we ask the obvious question:
If it’s hard to live on Mars, what should we do with our Earth? Are we leaving at all? Asks museum director Peter Skog out loud.
Why have you now chosen to show “Go to Mars” for Swedish audiences?
As a technical museum, we want to arouse the curiosity of technology, society and people. Here we explore new technical developments related to issues of sustainability. Skog says we can also tackle the climate challenge we face today that we must address.
In addition to “moving to Mars” The Technical Museum is now also showing the Anthropocene, which is a photo gallery that depicts humanity’s impact on our planet. In addition, the exhibition “Sickly smart” opened at Rinkeby Folkets Hus, and then is moving to different schools.
Opening is the museum’s decision. This has since followed a government proposal to adapt the rules for museums.
Why are you opening the museum and exhibition now?
I wouldn’t say the reason for this is for financial reasons – I think the opening costs more than the closing, frankly. The important thing, Peter Skog says, is to present culture in a safe way.
To avoid spreading the infection, the museum in Gärdet has introduced a number of procedures for visitors. Ticket purchases and check-in are digitally done to avoid queues and congestion. Visitors are only allowed to stay in the museum for 2.5 hours
What measures have you taken to confront this epidemic?
We don’t have cash registers to wait for them. We’ve also introduced left-hand traffic into the museum so everything is handled. Visitors are also not allowed to travel between different groups, explains Peter Skog and continues:
We make sure there is no crowding. I think we’ve learned that – we’ve been living with a pandemic for a year now, so I think it’s a good situation now. People take responsibility.