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May 2015 Highlights

April 23, 2015

Filed under 3rd in the Burg, A Fondness for Birds, Astronaut, Day Camps, Our Solar System Camp, Planetarium, Press Releases, Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope

The State Museum of Pennsylvania announced its program schedule for May 2015:

3rd in the Burg:
Join David Dunn, the Director of The State Museum on Friday, May 15 from 5:30 to 7:00 PM, for a sneak peak at the renovations currently underway in Mammal Hall. Dunn will discuss the restoration, cleaning, and new interpretive plans for this most beloved of museum exhibits. The work on Mammal Hall began in February of this year and will continue through 2016. Admission to the museum is free during the hours of the event as part of ‘3rd in the Burg’, a monthly celebration of Harrisburg’s arts and entertainment.

Our Solar System Summer Day Camp Registration Now Open:
Spend the day exploring the Solar System. Build a Solar System model and explore space in our planetarium discovering the size, scale, and motions of the Solar System. Campers will participate in experiments to learn about gravity, craters, wind speed, and more. Campers will also have a chance to test their skills at maneuvering a rover on Mars! Our Solar System Summer Day Camp is open to students 9 to 12 years of age. This one-day camp will be presented on Tuesday, July 7, July 14, and July 21 from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Space is limited per day, so reserve your spot early. Admission is $45.00 per participant, $40.00 per Museum Member. Reservations are required. Please contact museum reservationist Diane Wynkoop at 717-772-6997 or dwynkoop@pa.gov for details and registration information.

A Fondness for Birds: Pennsylvania’s Alexander Wilson:
This exhibit, which features bird prints and first-edition volumes of the 200 year-old “American Ornithology” series by Alexander Wilson, has been extended through Sunday, January 3, 2016. Also featured are bird specimens from the museum’s Botany and Zoology collections. The specimens underscore the museum’s historic and continuing role in the study of Pennsylvania’s flora and fauna.

50th Anniversary Celebration Juried Photo Exhibition/ Call for Entries:
As part of The State Museum and Archives Complex 50th Celebration, The State Museum and its parent organization the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) are highlighting the many buildings, furnishings and designs in the Midcentury Modern style created in Pennsylvania during the mid-20th century. PHMC is seeking submissions of photographs that display examples of mid-20th century architecture constructed in Pennsylvania between 1930 and 1980. Entries may depict exteriors, interiors, and/or details of roadside architecture, schools, religious buildings, homes, commercial and recreational structures, and other modern elements. Photos may have been taken anywhere in Pennsylvania since January 1, 2012. The exhibition is open to Pennsylvania residents 18 years of age or older, and all skill levels are welcome, from photo enthusiast to professional. Submissions will be accepted digitally. A link to entry information including rules, fees, deadlines, and instructions can be found at www.statemuseumpa.org/photo-exhibit. Submissions chosen for exhibition will be featured in the Pennsylvania Modern Architecture Juried Photo Exhibit, which will run from October 25, 2015 through February 28, 2016, at The State Museum. Deadline for submission of entries is June 30, 2015.

The Planetarium at The State Museum of Pennsylvania:
The Planetarium is offering two shows through May 31, 2015 –

Astronaut (grade 3 and up):

The exploration of space is the greatest endeavor that humankind has ever undertaken. What does it take to be part of this incredible journey? What does it take to become an astronaut? Explore the amazing worlds of inner and outer space, from floating around the International Space Station to maneuvering through microscopic regions of the human body. Discover the perils that lurk in space with our test subject Chad.

Narrated by Ewan McGregor

11:00 A.M. and 1:00 PM Saturday; 1:00 PM Sunday

Two Small Pieces of Glass (grade 4 and up):

While attending a local star party, learn how the telescope has helped us understand our place in space and how telescopes continue to expand our understanding of the Universe. Learn about the history of the telescope. See how telescopes work and how the largest observatories in the world use these instruments to explore the mysteries of the universe.

12:00 PM and 2:00 PM Saturday; 2:00 PM Sunday

Planetarium shows are $3 per person in addition to general admission. Planetarium admission is free to State Museum Affiliate Members and Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation Members.


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