Evansville Museum Introduces New 'Koch Immersive Theater'

Published 02/03 2014 09:55PM

Updated 02/03 2014 09:58PM

The Evansville Museum is days away from unveiling its multi-million dollar renovation project, but we get a sneak peak inside.

During an invitation only event, the museum opens their doors to the new 'Koch Immersive Theater.'

It's an experience Evansville Museum promises you won't find on DVD, your phone, or a computer. "Several years ago, it became apparent that we needed a replacement, and that replacement is the Koch Immersive Theater that i'm standing in front of, tonight," says Science Director Mitch Luman. Luman says the forty foot dome will take you into space and beyond Earth, without ever leaving your seat.

"Evansville had the first planetarium in Indiana, and they had been using it since the fifty's." Realizing it was time for an update, fast forward thorough five years of construction, and around fourteen million dollars, now the Koch Immersive Theater is ready for it's first run. "To be able to share it after so many years of planning and execution, it's just a tremendous thrill," says Luman.

Full dome video, 360 degree projection, ten-thousand watts of sound, and two state of the art projections, this planetarium is for everyone. Shows range from science to children shows. Now, all that's left to do is sit back and enjoy.

The immersive theater isn't the only feature the museum is proud to finally complete. "We moved and expanded our Science Gallery and added a temporary gallery here in the museum," says museum Marketing Director Josh Gilmore. It's an expansion the community helped fund through donations. "You helped us build it. Now, we want you to help celebrate with us," Gilmore says.

With their grand opening just around the corner, the Evansville Museum says it's ready, if you are. "When we launch, everything will be just perfect. We are looking forward to sharing our four new shows and our live show with everyone in the Tristate."

Doors will open to the public Friday.

Click on this link to view information about the shows, and the show times.


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