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Nauticus Exhibits Celebrates the Contributions of African Americans

Reduced admission on January 15 thanks to presenting sponsor, Bank of America

Norfolk, Va. (January 7, 2022) – The extraordinary contributions made by African Americans in the fields of medicine, mathematics, engineering, and science are highlighted in a new exhibit at Nauticus entitled The Creative Mind. The exhibit consists of a series of educational panels designed and produced by the National Academy of Sciences in Washington D.C.

“We produced the Creative Mind exhibition with the goal of heightening awareness of the contributions of outstanding African Americans to science, engineering, and medicine,” said Alana Quinn of the Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences. “Since its debut in 2012, the exhibition has been on view at more than 20 venues across the United States including museums, libraries, community centers, and universities.”

The Creative Mind originated as a photographic portrait collection organized by the African American History Program at the Academy. Adapting it to a traveling exhibition enabled the Academy to share the stories of these distinguished individuals with a much larger audience.

Nauticus is celebrating the exhibit’s Norfolk debut with a reduced, $7.57 general admission on January 15, courtesy of presenting sponsor, Bank of America.

“Bank of America believes that exhibits such as The Creative Mind have the power to inspire visitors to get involved with and solve big issues we face today, and those we’ll face tomorrow,” said Frank Castellanos, Bank of America President of Hampton Roads. “This exhibit builds perspective and cultural understanding of African Americans’ profound contributions in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”

The Creative Mind opens on January 15 at Nauticus and will be on display through April 2. Admission includes access to the exhibition in addition to special STEM-based programming.

Plan Your Visit
Nauticus is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays – Saturdays and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Paid admission includes access to the Nauticus museum, special programming, and the Battleship Wisconsin. As always, Nauticus members are free. Tickets and additional details are available online here.

About Nauticus
The Creative Mind and additional exhibits are supported by the Nauticus Foundation. The Nauticus Foundation is the nonprofit, 501©3 that supports the mission and activities of Nauticus. Nauticus’ mission is to benefit the community through education, impactful experiences, and sharing access to maritime resources. For more information, visit