BRYAN, TX —On Saturday, September 27, 2008, The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History will participate in the fourth annual Museum Day, presented by Smithsonian magazine. Museum Day is a day when museums and cultural institutions nationwide open their doors free of charge to Smithsonian magazine readers and Smithsonian.com visitors. A celebration of culture, learning and the dissemination of knowledge, Smithsonian’s Museum Day reflects the spirit of the magazine, and emulates the free-admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, DC-based properties.
“Museum Day is our chance to emphasize the important task of museums; we preserve and protect cultural and natural heritage. We hope that citizens of the Brazos Valley will take advantage of this free opportunity to pay us a visit,” said Deborah Cowman, the Executive Director at the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History.
The Museum’s current exhibits include such Texas Heritage displays as a large chuck wagon and artifacts from Brazos Valley cotton farming. The Ice Age mammals exhibit features two large and spectacular mammoth and mastodon skulls. The Frithiof Fossil Collection contains a myriad of different and unique dinosaur fossils that are spectacular pieces to view. Images, musical instruments, costume pieces, and more are featured in the fun and lively Carnival exhibit.
Last year, upwards of 100,000 people attended Museum Day. All 50 states plus Puerto Rico were represented by 651 participating museums. Attendees must present Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day Admission Card to gain free entry to participating institutions. The Museum Day Admission Card will be available in the September 2008 issue of Smithsonian magazine and a free downloadable version is available on the Museum Day website. The general public is welcome to participate by going to the
Smithsonian.com website and downloading the Museum Day Admission Card. Listings and links to the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History can be found at http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/venues/Brazos_Valley_Museum_of_Natural_History.html .
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