Museum of Science and Curiosity

UC Davis Health and UC Davis announce naming rights partnership with SMUD Museum of Science and Curiosity

Partnership will include museum's health gallery and digital dome theater


The SMUD Museum of Science and Curiosity (MOSAC) is excited to announce two separate naming partnerships with UC Davis Health, and the University of California, Davis. These agreements will 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 its diverse 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.

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

The future Health Gallery at MOSAC will highlight examples of the powerful technology used in medicine, breakthrough scientific research, and detailed understanding of public health programs and the healthcare system.  As a regional health leader, UC Davis Health’s 15-year, $3 million investment in 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 local 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.”

"We are thrilled to have UC Davis as a major partner at MOSAC,” said Michele Wong, executive director of 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 healthcare workers of tomorrow. Who better to partner with us in our mission to prepare these future innovators?"

MOSAC will be open to the public in mid-November 2021, including the Digital Dome Theater and the “Health Headlines '' exhibit. The full Health Gallery experience is expected to be installed in 2023.