SMUD Museum of Science and Curiosity Announces Multiyear Naming Rights Partnerships With UC Davis Health and UC Davis

For Museum’s Health Gallery and Digital Dome Theater

SMUD Museum of Science and Curiosity, from drone
The SMUD Museum of Science and Curiosity, opening in mid-November, announced naming-rights partnerships with UC Davis and UC Davis Health. (Courtesy)

The SMUD Museum of Science and Curiosity, or MOSAC, is excited to announce two separate naming partnerships with UC Davis Health and the University of California, Davis. These agreements give UC Davis Health naming rights to MOSAC’s current Health Headlines and future Health Gallery, and UC Davis will name the Digital Dome Theater.

With UC Davis’ 15-year, $2.5 million contribution to the Digital Dome Theater and expertise in the sciences, arts and humanities, the university will be working closely with MOSAC in improving and expanding K-12 educational courses and public programming in the areas of science, technology, engineering, arts and math, collectively known as STEAM. The theater will host a variety of shows, including astronomy and planetarium presentations; films on chemistry and physics; and special feature films, such as documentaries from the National Geographic Society and the BBC.

‘Natural extension of our work’

“This partnership with MOSAC is a natural extension of the work our faculty do every day in research, education and outreach,” UC Davis Chancellor Gary S. May said. “We look forward to working with the museum to bring the sciences and arts to life for children and adults alike.”

MOSAC’s Health Gallery will highlight examples of the powerful technology used in medicine, breakthrough scientific research, and detailed understanding of public health programs and the health care system. As a regional health leader, UC Davis Health’s 15-year, $3 million investment in Health Headlines and the Health Gallery will help to create exhibits showing advancements in fields such as medical imaging and personalized cellular therapies, rapidly changing headlines in health research and examples of public health programming that are making a difference in our region.

“UC Davis Health is honored to partner with MOSAC to bring its Health Headlines and the future Health Gallery to the Sacramento region,” said Brad Simmons, chief administrator of UC Davis Medical Center and chief operating officer of UC Davis Health Hospital Division. “Innovation and groundbreaking research are fundamental to our organization’s mission, and we are proud to showcase advancements in tools, treatments and therapies that will improve treatment and enhance patient care in our community.”

‘A world-class hub’

Michele Wong, executive director of MOSAC, said: “We are thrilled to have UC Davis as a major partner at MOSAC. Since the early days of this project, the faculty and graduate students at UCD and UCD Health have worked with us to provide exhibit and program content, expertise and guidance. The excellent resources they bring are invaluable in making MOSAC a world-class hub for science education and innovation. We are facing some of the biggest challenges in history, which will be resolved by the scientists, engineers, researchers and health care workers of tomorrow. Who better to partner with us in our mission to prepare these future innovators?”

The MOSAC experience will include the Digital Dome Theater and the Health Headlines exhibit when the museum opens in mid-November. The full Health Gallery experience is expected to be installed in 2023.


The SMUD Museum of Science and Curiosity, or MOSAC, opening in mid-November and located in Sacramento’s River District, will be a dynamic epicenter of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics) education, exploration and promotion for Northern California’s Capitol region. MOSAC’s mission is to engage and inspire people of all ages to explore the wonders, possibilities and responsibilities of science. By providing exciting exhibits, public programs, school and community outreach, as well as professional growth opportunities for teachers, MOSAC will help empower our STEAM-literate community of tomorrow.

About UC Davis

UC Davis is renowned for its world-class agricultural and veterinary programs, and with more than 100 undergraduate majors and 90 graduate programs, it’s also the most comprehensive school in the University of California system. The university is home to the Tahoe Environmental Research Center, the UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory, and many other centers of innovation and culture across the institution.

About UC Davis Health

UC Davis Health is improving lives and transforming health care by providing excellent patient care; conducting groundbreaking research; fostering innovative, interprofessional education and creating dynamic, productive partnerships with the community.

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