The Bob Moog Foundation Announces Moogseum Opening Date and Grand Opening Celebration

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Asheville, NC — May 2019... The Bob Moog Foundation is excited to announce that it will open the doors to the Moogseum on May 23, 2019, in recognition of what would have been the inventor’s 85 birthday.

Located at 56 Broadway Street in downtown Asheville, the Moogseum’s opening will feature eight different exhibits, many of them interactive, immersive, or technology-driven.

The Moogseum’s exhibits will invite visitors to explore Bob Moog’s life and work, as well as the fascinating 120+-year history of synthesis, through touch screen kiosks that will provide access to over 1,000 pieces of historical material from the Bob Moog Foundation Archives. Visitors will be able to interact with theremins and synthesizers, and will have the opportunity to step into an immersive dome where they will be surrounded by illuminated visceral representations of electricity turning in to sound. They will learn about the science of waveforms as well as discover the intricacies of a re-creation of Bob’s workbench, and learn about Bob’s connection to Asheville.

The exhibits are designed by nationally recognized exhibit providers Mars Lab, Sounds Amazing, Elumenati, and Mal Meehan, who collectively have provided work for the Smithsonian museums, the Experience Music Project, NASA, and Anti-Defamation League .

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“The Bob Moog Foundation is passionate about bringing Bob’s work, life, and legacy to life with integrity and creativity,” notes Michelle Moog-Koussa, the Foundation’s executive director. “We are delighted to be sharing exhibits designed by imaginative experts in the field, who have lent their decades of experience to our project. From interactive timelines, to an immersive dome, to an experiential exploration of synthesis, and more, the Moogseum’s exhibits offer an astounding amount of information, understanding, and inspiration.”

A grand opening celebration is planned for August 15, Leon Theremin’s birthday, and will include concerts and lectures in the Moogseum space. Introductory admission to the Moogseum will be $6 (plus tax and services fees) with children under age of 7 free. The Moogseum will be open from 11-5, closed on Sundays and Tuesdays.

                                                                   The Exhibit Designers

Sounds Amazing - Sounds Amazing is an award winning Interactive Exhibit and Sound Design company who create unique, educational, interactive and immersive experiences. Clients include the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Experience Music Project, Museum of Miniatures, Science Fiction Museum, Flying Heritage, Disney Imagineering, Microsoft and many others. Sounds Amazing founder Reek Havok has been an a staple in the music technology arena for over 30 years with 5 Platinum Record awards and Top honors award for educational exhibit design from the American Association of Museums.

Mal Meehan - Mal Meehan has worked in Broadcast Video, Interactive Media, Website Development and Experiential Design for over 28 years and brings a unique blend of expertise and experience in both technology, and creative disciplines. Industry trained as a film camera operator and broadcast video engineer, Mal pioneered early touch-screen interactive multimedia in the UK, for airport, museum and exhibition installations; creating innovative presentations for ​the likes of Airbus Industries, Apple Inc., BAE Systems, Barclays Capital, Coke, John Freida, Merrill Lynch, Nike, Nokia, Nortel Networks, Rothschild, SONY and UPS, to name but a few.

The Elumenati - The Elumenati are thought leaders in the field of immersive projection design and experiences. With 15+ years in business, we’ve developed novel applications of immersion and interactivity for clients ranging from Dreamworks to NASA and leading museums around the globe. The GeoDome Portal at the Moogseum builds on our unique approach to user interface design to create a memorable experience for visitors. Working with Bob Moog was influential on our company's principals, and we are honored to help bring his legacy to life.

Mars Labs: Mars Labs, LLC has been serving the data acquisition needs of the automotive industry since 1999. Our industry-focused practice features concentrated areas of expertise and understanding of the test environment. We have the ability to be innovative in our approach, act quickly in our decision-making, and be flexible in our delivery of services. Our clients benefit from cutting-edge technical expertise and a thorough understanding of their industry and their business. They also have the advantage of working with a small engineering firm that combines the staff and resources of a large firm with a philosophy of personal responsibility for our clients.

For more information, high res photos, and interview opportunities, please contact Molly Kummerle at mollyk@moogfoundation.org