By Kate Coleman
Brochures describe Columbus Center's Hall of Exploration at Baltimore's Inner Harbor as a high-tech fun house.
The educational family attraction will celebrate its grand opening Saturday, May 3, beginning at 10 a.m. There will be an outdoor festival on the pier complete with a marching band, Morgan State University Choir, jugglers, stilt walkers and magicians.
But the reason for the party is inside.
The $10 million Hall of Exploration, designed by Bran Ferren, now vice president of Walt Disney Imagineering, is described as the public window on the world of marine biotechnology. It is designed to help make science accessible.
The exhibits in the 46,000-square-foot space reflect research happening upstairs in University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute's Center of Marine Biotechnology.
Center of Marine Biotechnology is a research laboratory devoted to the study of molecular biology and molecular genetics of marine life. Translated to the Hall of Exploration, that science is presented hands-on and high tech. Highlights include: