Maryland Science Center Recieves $1m Gift from MetLife Foundation

The Maryland Science Center has received a $1 million gift from a major insurance firm to help fund an innovative exhibition about cell biology research that will open next year.

MetLife Foundation, the philanthropic arm of New York-based insurer MetLife – formerly known as the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. – donated the funds to support the coming show, Cells: The Universe Inside Us, which will go on display at the Science Center in March 2009.

“We’re using technology to let visitors experience what happens on the most basic level inside our bodies,” Science Center President and CEO Van Reiner said yesterday. “We’re partnering with experts from the Johns Hopkins University, the University of Maryland and with cell-imaging companies around the country that are using new technology to understand what goes on at the cellular level.”

The 4,000-square-foot permanent exhibit will cost about $2.5 million to create, Reiner said. After the exhibit opens in Baltimore, a smaller version of it will travel to science museums around the country for the next five years.

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