Museum Day!

Today is Smithsonian Magazine’s sixth annual Museum Day. Over 1500 museums around the country are opening their doors with free admission. In order to participate a ticket needs to be printed out from the Smithsonian Magazine website. The ticket allows for one person and a guest to enter for free. The tickets are limited to one per household.

To find a participating museum near you and to print a ticket, visit Smithsonian Magazine.

Free Museum Admission

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Smithsonian magazine is holding a free museum day on Saturday, September 26. Museums all over the country will have free admission on that day. All you need to do is print out a pass from Smithsonian magazine and bring it with you to a participating museum.

This a great opportunity to spend a hot summer day learning something new.

Visit the Smithsonian magazine website for a list of participating museums and to print out a free admission ticket.

Exhibit Review: Crittercam

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Last week, we wrote about Crittercam, an exhibit presented by the Museum of Science, Boston and National Geographic.  Yesterday, we had the opportunity to visit the exhibit in person.

Crittercam provides a fascinating look into the behavior of several kinds of animals including penguins, seals, sea turtles, sharks, lions, bears, and more.  Using cameras attached to various animals, scientists were able to gather data about hunting techniques, social norms, and daily activity that had previously eluded them.  The exhibit provides video footage captured by the animals along with explanatory text and a few fun facts about the animals discussed.

Lioness wearing CrittercamBut the exhibit also delves into the technology and methodology of Crittercam.  There are models of animals showing how the special cameras were attached and adapted to a particular animal’s lifestyle.

For example, the soft, flexible shells of leatherback sea turtles did not allow the camera to be attached by an adhesive. Instead, a suction cup was applied to the central plate of the turtle’s shell.

Using videos, photos, life-size models, and computer kiosks, the exhibit appeals to an audience of all ages and interests. So if you live in or plan to visit the Boston area, be sure to visit Crittercam at the Museum of Science, which runs through August 30.

For more info: Crittercam.

News of the Harry Potter Exhibition arrives via owl***

During our visit, the museum made an exciting announcement (delivered by an owl) about a very special international exhibition that will open in Boston on October 25, 2009 called Harry Potter: The Exhibition.

Fans of Harry Potter will soon get the chance to immerse themselves in the wizarding world.  Artifacts and costumes from the latest Harry Potter films will be displayed in a 10,000-sq. ft. space.

For more info, see: Harry Potter: The Exhibition.