Museum of Pennsylvania Announces May 2014 Highlights
Harrisburg – The State Museum of Pennsylvania
today announced its program schedule for May 2014:
“A Fondness for Birds’: Pennsylvania’s Alexander
Wilson:” The State Museum of Pennsylvania will open the special
exhibit “A Fondness for Birds: Pennsylvania’s Alexander Wilson,” to the
public on Friday, May 16. The exhibit, which will run through March 15,
2015, features bird prints and first edition volumes of the 200-year-old “American
Ornithology” nine-volume series by Wilson, largely recognized the father of
American ornithology, which is the study of birds. Wilson’s published work
preceded John James Audubon’s famous illustrations by a decade.
featured in the exhibit will be a number of bird specimens from the museum’s
collection, some of which date to the late 19th century. The specimens
underscore the museum’s historical and continuing role in the study of the
Keystone State’s flora and fauna. The Pennsylvania Game Commission has
provided ornithological and educational assistance to the Wilson exhibit with
fresh insights into Wilson’s legacy and the critical role of bird conservation
in Pennsylvania today.
History Day: The
2013 National History Day (NHD) in Pennsylvania winners will be on display at
The State Museum through Sunday, June 8. This year’s exhibit includes both NHD
in PA and National NHD competition winners.
Doshi Gallery at The State Museum of Pennsylvania: The Susquehanna Art Museum presents
its latest Doshi Gallery exhibit at The State Museum, “Lost World/Found World”
through Sunday, June 1.
3rd in the Burg: The
third-floor of the museum will be open for visitors to explore the natural
history and science of Pennsylvania on Friday, May 16 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30
p.m. Admission to the Museum is free during the hours
of the event. Special features include:
“A Fondness for Birds’: Pennsylvania’s Alexander
Wilson”: As described above, this exhibit showcases bird prints and
first-edition volumes of the 200 year-old “American Ornithology” series by
Wilson, who is regarded as the father of American ornithology.
“Dynamic Earth”: This is
a sneak peek of the museum’s newest full-dome Planetarium feature is slated to
open June 4. Narrated by Liam Neeson, it explores the inner workings of Earth's
climate system. With visualizations based on satellite monitoring data and advanced
supercomputer simulations, this cutting-edge production follows a trail of
energy that flows from the Sun into the interlocking systems that shape our
climate: the atmosphere, oceans, and the biosphere. Shows will run at 5:30
p.m., 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 7 p.m.
Summer Day Camp Registration Continues: The
State Museum will offer a variety of day camps this summer. Camps run from 9
a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The fee for each camp is $35 per participant and $30 for
museum members. Registration is required and space is limited. To sign up,
contact reservationist Diane Wynkoop at 717-772-6997 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
of Pennsylvania” (ages
7 to 10): Campers will be studying the wildlife of Pennsylvania in Mammal
Hall. Tuesday, July 8 or Wednesday, July 9
Americans” (ages 7
to 10): Campers will learn about the Native Americans who lived in
Pennsylvania during the time of William Penn. Tuesday, July 15 or Wednesday,
(ages 9 to
12): Campers will be a paleontologist for the day seeing how life on
Earth has changed over time. Tuesday, July 22 or Wednesday, July 23
The Planetarium at The State Museum of Pennsylvania: The Planetarium is
offering two shows through June 1:
to the Universe” (grade
4 and up): Narrated by two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks, this
exhilarating flight through a precise, virtual re-creation of our universe is
an astounding visual adventure through space. Travel through our Solar
System, out of our galaxy, and deep into intergalactic space to answer the
question, “Where are we in the universe?”
11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m.
Holes: The other side of infinity”
(grade 6 and up): Narrated by Liam Neeson, “Black Holes” uses the latest
discoveries and observations to help us view the formation of the early
universe, star birth and death, the collision of giant galaxies. Experience a
simulated flight to the super massive black hole at the center of our own Milky
Way Galaxy. Saturday, noon and 2 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.
shows are $2 per person in addition to general admission; free to State Museum
Affiliate Members and Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation Members.
Museum of Pennsylvania, adjacent to the State Capitol in Harrisburg, is one of
25 historic sites and museums administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and
Museum Commission as part of the Pennsylvania Trails of History®.
The State Museum offers expansive collections interpreting
Pennsylvania’s fascinating heritage. With exhibits examining the
dawn of geologic time, the Native American experience, the colonial and
revolutionary era, a pivotal Civil War battleground, and the Commonwealth's
vast industrial age, The State Museum demonstrates that Pennsylvania's story is
hours are Wed. through Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., noon to 5 p.m. The
museum will be closed in observance of Memorial Day on May 26. Admission
is $5 for adults, $4 for children and senior citizens.
information about the museum, visit www.statemuseumpa.org.