Smithsonian Exhibition Exploring Water Science Opens at Western Science Center

“H20 Today,” a new temporary exhibit that explores the science of water from the hydrological cycle, weather and climate to its physical power as an architect and sculptor of landscape, is now open at the Western Science Center in Hemet

Organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, “H2O Today” dives into what it means to live on a planet where 71 percent of the surface is covered in water, yet less than 3 percent is drinkable. The exhibition highlights water's vital role in daily life worldwide through water power, industry, agriculture and home use.

The impact of climate change, population growth and pollution have on the water cycle and weather patterns are all part of the exhibition, as well as a look at the creative ways people around the world are tackling the challenges of water shortages and pollution.

“We’re very excited to host the ‘H2O Today’ exhibit,” says Alton Dooley, Western Science Center’s executive director. “Water plays a huge role in every aspect of life in California, and a thorough understanding of water is critical to the resource management decisions that are necessary to ensure the future health of our state.”

On exhibit through Nov. 27, “H20 Today” was adapted from an exhibition organized by the American Museum of Natural History in New York City and the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul, in collaboration with Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland; The Field Museum in Chicago; Instituto Sangari in Sao Paulo; National Museum of Australia in Canberra; Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada; San Diego Natural History Museum; and Science Centre Singapore with PUB Singapore.


“H20 Today” is included in the price of regular admission, and members are admitted free throughout the year. The Western Science Center, a Smithsonian affiliate, is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This exhibit is sponsored locally by Eastern Municipal Water District, Metropolitan Water District and the I. Michael Heyman Smithsonian Across America Fund.