Coyote Point Museum Becomes CuriOdyssey

New Name Reflects Recent Improvements and Curiosity-Inspiring Visitor Experience


SAN MATEO, CALIFORNIA– January 12, 2011 – In an exciting move to match the museum’s name with its exceptional education offerings, Coyote Point Museum will soon unveil a new name.  On Saturday, January 15, 2011, visitors to the newly-named CuriOdyssey can touch science and get up close to native California animals.

The name change is a result of the executive leadership’s and board’s desire to more accurately match the museum’s name with its curiosity-inspiring science- and nature-based offerings.The name, CuriOdyssey, is also a nod to theinstitution’s roots as the San Mateo County Junior Museum, which was dedicated to connecting children with all aspects of the natural world. CuriOdyssey represents a change in name, but it does not alter the organization’s mission to educate and inspire people to take care of our Earth wisely.

Since nearly closing four years ago, the institution has experienced a dramatic resurgence due to a number of major changes. The changes include the installation of two original science exhibitions, introduction of innovative education programs, development of highly popular camps, upgrades to some of the live animal habitats, and the addition of a number of new animals. These improvements have translated into 10% increases in attendance and membership each year since 2008. The new name reflects these revitalization efforts and the organization’s highly successful approach to environmental education.

The impetus for change arose because our name no longer reflected our dynamic science and nature exhibits or our inquiry-based education philosophy,” said Rachel Meyer, Executive Director. “The name CuriOdyssey captures the energy and excitement of the museum’s renewal andis the next exciting step along our path to revitalization.

There will be a weekend of festivities to celebrate the new name and mark a new chapter for the beloved San Mateo County institution. On January 15-17, 2011, each visitor will get 50% off admission, and the first 100 visitors on Saturday and Sunday will receive a gift. All other visitors that weekend will receive a unique memento of the occasion. Educators and volunteers will also be conducting special hands-on science activities for kids.

For more information about CuriOdyssey’s grand re-opening weekend, go to, where visitors can get an extra promotional discount.

CuriOdyssey is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm and Sunday, 12 – 5pm. CuriOdyssey will be open on Martin Luther King Day, January 17, and will operate on its holiday schedule, 12 – 5pm.

About CuriOdyssey
CuriOdyssey (formerly Coyote Point Museum) educates and inspires people to take care of our earth wisely. We provide interactive science exhibits, live animal encounters and engaging environmental science and art programs. Located in beautiful Coyote Point Recreation Area in San Mateo, California, CuriOdyssey provides visitors with opportunities to get up close with all aspects of the natural world.


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