Julie Bryan is the Executive Director of SPARK! Imagination and Science Center located in Morgantown, West Virginia – in Monongalia County. SPARK! Imagination and Science Center is a non-profit hands-on children’s museum and science center that inspires people of all ages to explore science and the arts through hands-on exhibits and programs that spark a lifelong love of learning. Spark’s museum has exhibits that encourage visitors to explore nanoscience, engineering, dinosaurs, outerspace, health and their own imaginations.

 Julie Bryan has been with the museum since 2011. She fell in love with museum work while working at the Arizona State Museum in Tucson, Arizona. After receiving her undergraduate degree in Anthropology and Classics, she worked at the Tucson Children’s Museum. In 2015, she received the Small Museum Association – Hunter-Burley award which recognizes an individual’s outstanding contributions to the advancement of public access and professional growth for an individual institution.





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