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Press Release: July 2016 Highlights

June 21, 2016

Filed under Anthropology and Archaeology, Archaeology Collections, Art of the State, Artist Conversations, Collections, Community Free Day, Events, Exhibit Opening, Exhibits, Industry and Technology, Learn @ Lunchtime, Nature Lab, Popular Culture, Press Releases

The State Museum of Pennsylvania today announced its program schedule for July 2016:

Community FREE Day
Mark your calendar. The State Museum is offering free admission on Saturday, July 30.

July 2016 Learn at Lunchtime
Learn at Lunchtime features a variety of engaging discussions and presentations. This program, included with general admission to The State Museum, runs from 12:15 to 12:45 PM on the following Fridays:

July 1 NASA’s Journey to Mars
Join us in The State Museum’s Planetarium as we explore the observational history of Mars and mankind’s fascination with the red planet. Then join NASA’s fleet of Mars robotic explorers as they pave the way for human exploration of the solar system in the coming decades. Note: Space is limited and the show will start promptly at 12:15 PM; visitors will not be admitted once the show has started.

July 8 Art of the State
Explore the 49th annual Art of the State exhibition with Pennsylvania First Lady Frances Wolf as she and featured artist Jerome Hershey of Lancaster co-lead a casual tour sharing their insights on the show. Art of the State is recognized as the official, statewide juried competition for Pennsylvania artists. Jurors selected artwork from five categories, Craft, Painting, Photography, Sculpture and Work on Paper.

July 15 Anthropology and Archaeology
Join Dr. Kurt Carr in our Anthropology and Archaeology Gallery. Explore how archaeologists discover the past through excavations, collections and research.

July 22 Working Together for Wildlife
Join us for a special tour of our changing exhibit Working Together for Wildlife: Three Decades of Pennsylvania’s Nature in Art. The exhibit features 34 original paintings by 19 different Pennsylvania artists depicting the beauty of animals in their natural habitats. This exhibit is presented in partnership with the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

July 29 Pennsylvania Turnpike
Join Dr. Curt Miner, Senior Curator, to explore The Pennsylvania Turnpike: America’s First Superhighway. This exhibit highlights the Turnpike’s contribution to the ongoing quest to improve the state’s transportation infrastructure.

July 2016: This Month in Nature Lab
This summer, take a staycation to The State Museum where you’ll discover interactive, hands-on learning experiences guided by specialists in fields ranging from archaeology to environmental protection. Museum curators and representatives of various Pennsylvania State agencies will engage in live educational presentations as they lead visitors of all ages through the rich natural world of Pennsylvania. These presentations are included with general admission to the Museum. All programs start at 11:30 AM

Wednesdays July 6 – August 3
Pennsylvania Wildlife with Dr. Walter Meshaka from The State Museum.

Thursdays July 7-July 28
Pennsylvania Archaeology with The State Museum’s Archaeology Section.

Special Friday Programs
July 8 Rachel Carson’s Peregrine Falcons with the PA Department of Environmental Protection.
July 15 The Skull Game with The State Museum Education Staff.
July 22 Rocks in our Daily Life with The State Museum Education Staff.

StoryTime Summer Series
StoryTime at Curiosity Connection is our popular reading series for children aged 3-5 that takes place at select times during the calendar year. Held in Curiosity Connection, The State Museum’s engaging early learning space, each reading includes a related play activity with some programs continuing into a gallery. All StoryTime events begin at 10:00 AM and are included with general admission to the Museum.

July 14 Kite Day by Will Hillenbrand
July 21 Sam & Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett
July 28 Bear’s Picture by Daniel Pinkwater
August 4 Around The Pond: Who’s Been Here? by Lindsay Barrett George
August 11 What Do Wheels Do All Day? by April Jones Prince
August 18 Fossil by Bill Thomson

MEDIA CONTACT: Howard Pollman, 717-705-8639