What museum is devoted exclusively to mathematics?
At one time, the Goudreau Museum of Mathematics in Art and Science, located in New Hyde Park, New York, was devoted exclusively to math and offered hands-on, interactive exhibits, along with workshops and programs. Mathematics teacher and engineer Bernard Goudreau founded the museum in 1980. But in 2008, the museum closed its doors to the public (although its website is old, but still working, at http://www.mathmuseum.org).
But now, to fill in the gap, is The Museum of Mathematics in New York City, first opened in 2012. It is the brainchild of Glen Whitney, president of the Math Factory (www.mathfactory.org), a group that developed the interactive, hands-on, permanent museum of mathematics. Similar to the Goudreau, and as the new museum claims, “The Museum of Mathematics strives to enhance public understanding and perception of mathematics. Its dynamic exhibits and programs will stimulate inquiry, spark curiosity, and reveal the wonders of mathematics. The museum’s activities will lead a broad and diverse audience to understand the evolving, creative, human, and aesthetic nature of mathematics.” The museum can be contacted at the following addresses:
The Museum of Mathematics
134 West 29th St., Suite 709/710
New York, NY 10001