A new exhibition from the Smithsonian, H2O Today invites visitors to explore the beauty and essential nature of water, our planet’s lifeblood. Through immersive content, interactives, and digital media, the exhibition explores the diversity and challenges of our global water sources and promotes conversation, creativity, and innovation across disciplines.
H2O Today is a fully designed build-it-yourself exhibition that offers venues a unique opportunity to showcase content that
resonates with local audiences. The exhibition can stand alone, or we can help you enrich it with content,
expertise, and programming that will enlighten and energize your community around critical water issues. Themes of the exhibition are centered around the concepts of:
Participating venues will have access to a full spectrum of educational and programming resources in partnership with State Humanities Councils nationwide. Venues will also have opportunities to engage with Smithsonian curators, scientists, and researchers, who are available to participate in programs and discussions about current water issues.
We invite you to host this unique and affordable new exhibition. Featuring over 30 fully designed graphic panels, interactives, and multimedia components, H2O Today weaves together the science of water with cross-disciplinary approaches to U.S. and global water challenges and complements the Museum on Main Street exhibition Water/Ways, for rural communities.
Both exhibitions encourage venues to incorporate local stories through community engagement and crowdsourcing. The exhibition package includes print-ready graphic files, immersive audio/video content, software and detailed design drawings for interactives, as well as access to a full spectrum of educational and programming resources.
Fully designed, ready-to-print graphic panels
with images and text;
Detailed design drawings to build physical structure,
wall hung panels, and hands-on interactives;
Fully designed, customizable templates ready
for venues to supplement their own content ;
Three exhibition video and audio stations with
a selection of stories, music, and images
Software for two digital interactives;
Detailed design drawings to build three
Detailed exhibition floor plans
This exhibit is offered through the Smithsonian's Water Matters initiative and complements the Museum on Main exhibition Water/Ways, exclusively designed for rural communities. In order to maximize impact, the Smithsonian is targeting in-depth programs in the following states.
Venues from states not on this list, should contact Carol Harsh, 202.633.5333. For questions about content and programming, contact Sara Artes, 202.633.3113.
North Carolina (Hold)
Smithsonian Ocean Portal
Images, science articles, and more Smithsonian's Marine Collections
A behind-the-scenes look at the NMNH ocean-related collections and their importance to research and discovery.
Smithsonian Water Matters Program for Teachers
Smithsonian's online conference center, produced by Smithsonian Education. Topics include: IT’S NOT EASY BEING AMPHIBIAN: THE IMPORTANCE OF WATER; LISTENING TO THE WATER NATIONS; LOOKING AT GLOBAL WATER RESOURCES FROM SPACE; SINK OR FLOAT: WATER AND DESIGN SOLUTIONS, and more.
Science and Symbol: How Water Has Shaped America
Video content: 43:23 minutes, produced by Smithsonian Education. From Niagara Falls and the Hudson River to the great Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, bodies of water have played a significant role in American history, industry, society, and ecology.
The Dead Zone: Hypoxia in Marine Systems
Video content: 53:53 minutes. Explore how oxygen, also called hypoxia, has become a major threat in coastal ecosystems. Examine the diversity of plants and animals present in coastal ecosystems, what organisms are able to survive these extreme conditions and what the lack of oxygen is doing to the typical relationships between predators and their prey.
Smithsonian Education Badge Quest: Enviro-Scientists
To earn this badge, you will determine sources of pollution, both source and non-source pollution, in your nearby streams, lakes, and rivers. You will use this information for context as you gather data from a sample of water from your community and understand more information about its water quality, through determining its pH.
Water Cycle Lessons from NOAA
Though it seems simple, the paths and influences of water through Earth’s ecosystems are extremely complex and are not completely understood. In fact, the water cycle is one of 6 Grand Science Challenges identified in NOAA’s 20 year plan.
Experiments with Water from NOAA
Explore an ocean's-worth of information related to our efforts to protect and restore the nation's waters from pollution. You'll find experiments and activities for elementary school students and life-long learners alike.
Watersheds, Pollution, and Flooding from NOAA
Learning about the water in the watersheds can help develop respect, understanding, and appreciation for the symbiotic relationship that we have with watersheds. Some resources in this collection encourage educators to get students outside.