Mary Marcussen

  • What I do, where I work

  • I am Principal of Marcussen & Associates, a national project development and grantwriting firm specializing in the development of proposals to the NSF Informal Science Education Program for permanent and temporary exhibitions and other informal science education projects. I work with science centers and museums across the U.S.


  • Former National Grants Manager and Senior Educator at California Academy of Sciences


  • More about me

  • Some of my favorite exhibitions that I have worked on include:
    My Place By the Bay (Bay Area Discovery Museum)
    Genetics: Technology With a Twist (The Tech Museum of Innovation)
    Sea Floor Science (Ocean Institute)
    Life Changes (New York Hall of Science)
    Lupe’s Story (Children’s Discovery Museum)

  • Choeung Ek Genocide Museum

    Choeung Ek Genocide Museum


    by Mary Marcussen Published October 20 2009

    To get to Choeung Ek, we traveled 15km down a dusty, pot-holed road from Phnom Penh, winding through small hovels of people who struggle to recreate one day at a time a country that just 30 years ago was entirely destroyed. When we arrived, the...

  • Solar Boat Museum at Giza

    Solar Boat Museum at Giza


    by Mary Marcussen Published June 30 2008

    My first impression was that of a space ship landing in the middle of one of the WorldÂ’'s Wonders: the Great Pyramids of Giza. This curious, rather extra-terrestrial structure at the base of the Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops) contains the actual,...

  • Tropical Manaus Zoo

    Tropical Manaus Zoo


    by Mary Marcussen Published January 17 2008

    Open since 1976, the Tropical Manaus Zoo consists of approximately 100 native species of Amazonian fauna, housed in more than 20,000 square meters of the grounds of the Hotel Tropical in Manuas, Amazonas, Brazil. The property is strategically located...

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