The New York Power Authority (NYPA) today announced the reopening of its John S. Dyson New York Energy Zone in Utica beginning this Friday, Feb. 18. The Energy Zone, which first opened in May 2021, is an admission-free, interactive, state-of-the-art museum focused on the dynamic world of electricity, past, present, and future, and New York State’s leadership in energy innovation.
Visitors are encouraged to follow their own comfort levels with respect to masks and social distancing, however, consistent with New York State guidelines, indoor mask wearing is no longer required in this indoor setting.
The Energy Zone is designed for visitors of all ages and features unique exhibits that simulate flying a drone to inspect power transmission lines, controlling electricity on a model energy grid, operating a simulated power plant, and building a table-top micro power grid, along with many other activities designed to teach visitors about energy and electricity in New York State.
Visitors can also experience “Imagination!”—the first movie of its kind that utilizes 3-D MAGI film generation by famed cinematographer and director Douglas Trumbull. Trumbull is known for his visual effects photography in the films 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and Blade Runner (1982), among others, who died Feb.7 in Albany at age 79 due to complications of mesothelioma. The 3-D movie aims to enlighten viewers about Nikola Tesla and his lasting contributions to the electricity system of today.
The 15,000-square-foot facility is located at 35 Utica Zoo Way, adjacent to the Utica Zoo. Group tours are encouraged to call 315-792-8720 or email [email protected] to reserve a tour. Walk-ins are welcome.