COSI unveils NASA’s training lunch box at Expo 2020 in Dubai

In 2019, COSI was in tears, selling more tickets and getting more charitable support than ever. “We lived our dreams,” says Frederick Bertley, director of the Columbus Science Museum.

Then, in March 2020, everything changed. The Scioto Peninsula attraction closed its doors because COVID-19 emerged as a public health threat and those doors remained closed for the next 15 months, which is longer than any other Columbus cultural facility. As a scientific organization, the museum may have had more responsibility to follow the instructions of medical experts. In addition, Bertley’s personal background – she is an immunologist with experience in developing vaccines for retroviruses – has increased the need. “I can’t open up and act like I don’t know the information,” Bertley says.

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