Sun, Earth, Universe Exhibition

In collaboration with NASA, the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net) is pleased to offer eligible institutions the opportunity to apply for a free Sun, Earth, Universe exhibition. 

The Sun, Earth, Universe exhibition is an engaging and interactive museum exhibition about Earth and space science for family audiences.

    How to Apply for a Sun, Earth, Universe Exhibition

    Applications opened February 2018 and were due May 1, 2018.
    If you complete an online application after May 1, 2018 your application will be added to the waiting list for the exhibition.


    • February 2018: Online application opens to apply for a free exhibition
    • May 1, 2018:  Deadline to submit online application via SurveyGizmo
      Applications were due May 1, 2018.  If you complete an online application after May 1, 2018 your application will be added to the waiting list for the exhibition.
    • May-June 2018:  NISE Network reviews submitted applications
    • End of June 2018:  NISE Network contacts applicants regarding decisions
    • End of June 2018:  Successful applicants begin contract process
    • July 2018 - July 2019: Exhibitions will be delivered to successful applicants 
      (Exhibitions will be fabricated on a rolling schedule during this period)


    The exhibition is designed for NISE Network partners located within the United States and U.S. territories. Institutions who apply for the exhibition will need to meet eligibility requirements and comply with display and ownership commitments.

    To be eligible to apply, institutions must be:

    • Located in the United States
    • Public informal science outreach and education institutions such as:
      • science museums and science centers,
      • children’s museums,
      • natural history museums and nature centers,
      • public planetariums and observatories, and
      • NASA visitor centers.

    Please note that K-12 schools, afterschool programs, libraries, parks, summer camps, and astronomy clubs are not eligible to apply for the exhibition. If your institution is not eligible for an exhibition, consider downloading a digital version of the Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit to engage audiences in hands-on Earth and space science activities with connections to science, technology, and society. Digital toolkits are available for free download at:

    About the Project


    This material is based upon work supported by NASA under cooperative agreementaward numbers NNX16AC67A and 80NSSC18M0061. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).