Title: New Electricity Theater Featuring Musical Tesla Coils Opens at Rochester Museum & Science Center
Date: Opens July 2
Location: 657 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607
Detailed Information: www.rmsc.org; Facebook; Twitter (@rocRMSC)
Media Contact: Debra Jacobson, Director of Marketing and Community Affairs
New Electricity Theater Featuring Musical Tesla Coils Opens at Rochester Museum & Science Center
ROCHESTER, NY—Visitors to the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) experience bursts of lightning accompanied by musical tones in an experience so rare that it is found in few places across the country. Opening July 2 on the Museum's third floor, Electricity Theater features twin solid-state Tesla coils. After the spectacular summer opening, Electricity Theater will become a permanent exhibit at the RMSC.
Indoor bolts of musical lightning appear just feet away from audience members in a mesmerizing display of power and entertainment. ArcAttack, a performance art group featured in season five of America's Got Talent, built the Tesla coils for these live science performances. With Electricity Theater, the RMSC intends to enlighten visitors in an impressive way that the community comes to expect from a science museum.
"We anticipate that Electricity Theater will ignite a spark of interest in our visitors as they explore the excitement of electricity and all that goes with it: Lightning, conductors, insulators and storm safety," said Kate Bennett, president, RMSC. "This Tesla coil experience puts Rochester on the map."
In addition to the zaps of lightning, the Tesla coils in the RMSC's Electricity Theater are frequency tunable. They can play music, whether it's the Super Mario theme song, a Lady Gaga hit or "Dueling Banjos." Control the pressure waves radiating from the coils, and the tunes play. In other words, change the musical tone of the "thunder" the lightning produces. The coils can play pre-loaded or live music with the coils serving as speakers.
"We are fortunate to have the support of the extraordinary people who helped fund Electricity Theater," added Bennett. "RMSC is one of the first museums in the country to have a solid-state Tesla coil installation like this."
Electricity Theater was made possible thanks to the generous contributions of numerous donors. In particular, Patrick and JoEll Cunningham inspired nearly thirty other guests at the RMSC centennial gala in September 2012 to support this destination attraction by matching every dollar raised for the purchase and operation of the Tesla coil experience. "The resounding support from the Cunninghams, and the guests who responded positively to their challenge, is an excellent demonstration of the giving spirit of the Rochester community," said Bennett. Many volunteers and partners worked alongside RMSC staff to bring Electricity Theater to life.
Electricity Theater shows change frequently. From July 2 through August 31, the show schedule is:
Monday–Saturday: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm
Sunday: 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm
A Tesla coil is an electrical resonant transformer circuit used to produce high-voltage, low-current, high-frequency alternating current electricity. Nikola Tesla invented his coil around 1891 with the intention of transmitting electricity wirelessly through the air. Tesla also used the coils to experiment in radio transmission. Today, at the very heart of every radio, a circuit exactly like that used in a Tesla coil is present. Tesla's research included some of the first experiments of X-rays, radar, hydroelectric power, the modern electric motor, alternating current, remote control, neon lights, wireless communication, and patents contributing to the transistor.
Admission to Electricity Theater is free with regular Museum admission: $13 adults, $12 seniors and college students with ID, $11 ages 3 to 18, free for RMSC members and children under 3. For group reservations and rates, call 585.697.1942. Electricity Theater is recommended for ages 9 and older as the show is relatively loud. Earplugs are available.
The RMSC is open seven days a week. Regular hours are Sunday, 11am–5pm and Monday–Saturday, 9am–5pm. Visit www.rmsc.org for the complete holiday hours schedule.
For high-resolution images and additional information, contact Debra Jacobson, Director of Marketing and Community Affairs, RMSC at 585.697.1944 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) includes the Science Museum, Strasenburgh Planetarium and Cumming Nature Center. Offering experiences at the Museum with more than 200 interactive exhibits, Planetarium with a 65-foot dome and Nature Center on 900 acres, the RMSC stimulates community interest in exploration. In addition, the more than 1.2 million RMSC collection items tell the story of Rochester's past including its rich history of innovation and invention. RMSC receives major funding from Monroe County, where it is of the top two most visited attractions serving children and families. For more information about RMSC, visit www.rmsc.org. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.