Carnegie Museum of Natural History

For more information, contact: Leigh Kish
Carnegie Museum of Natural History
412.622.3361 (0), 412.526.8587 (C)
kishl@carnegiemnh.org

October 3, 2011

   

M is for Museum special programming and events at Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania…Take part in the exciting new programs related to M is for Museum, an exhibition presented by Carnegie Museum of Natural History. In M is for Museum, kids and grown-ups go on an exciting journey into the behind-the-scenes world of amazing museum objects and the scientists who collect, care for, and study them!
M is for Museum and the following programming are projects of the Center for Lifelong Science Learning. M is for Museum is sponsored in part by Baierl.com, online education powered by K12, and Supercuts.
 
T is for Taxidermy
Saturday, November 5
10:30–3 p.m.
Free with museum admission.
Drop in; no registration required.

Join us for our first special event focused on the new exhibition M is for Museum! Enjoy a demonstration of specimen preparation techniques by Stephen Rogers, manager of the museum’s bird, reptile, and amphibian collections. Rogers has practiced taxidermy for over 30 years and is an expert on preparing specimens for our collections and displays. Explore behind-the-scenes in our ornithology collection, which numbers at 195,000 specimens and includes study skins, birds in alcohol, skeletons, and “stuffed birds.” Family activities include matching animals to their skins and drawing mounted animal specimens of all shapes and sizes.

Mornings at the Museum
9–10 a.m.
Members: $10 per adult/child pair; up to two additional guests per pair at $5 each
Non-Members: $26 per adult/child pair; up to two additional guests per pair at $11 each
Same-day museum admission included. 
Registration required; contact Program Registration at 412.622.3288 or ProgramRegistration@carnegiemuseums.org.

F is for Fossil, Saturday, November 12
W is for What, Saturday, December 3

Explore the new M is for Museum exhibition one letter at a time! New early morning hours are available, featuring a different letter each day for in-depth investigations through hands-on experiments and creative activities for families with children ages 5 to 13.

Digital Discovery Room, featured in K is for Kid
A new website by Carnegie Museum of Natural History 

The new Digital Discovery Room invites children ages 3–8 to explore their world and share their discoveries with museum experts and science educators! Encourage your early learners to go outside, take digital pictures, and share their discoveries with science experts and other kids online. Visit the website to get started: http://carnegiemnh.org/discovery/digital.html.

  

Center for Lifelong Science Learning
The Center for Lifelong Science Learning brings together museum staff and partners from area universities, community organizations, and national experts devoted to science education to conduct and explore research into informal science learning—the many ways people learn about science in settings outside school classrooms, such as museums and community organizations. The Center links these theories and practice so that the research findings are applied in the development of new educational programs and exhibitions for all ages. This research is catalyzing changes in our museum, including more immersive experiences, exciting hands-on interactions, and expanded access to collections for museum visitors. The Center for Lifelong Science Learning was launched in November 2010 and is under the direction of Mary Ann Steiner.

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Carnegie Museum of Natural History, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, is among the top natural history museums in the country. It maintains, preserves, and interprets an extraordinary collection of 22 million objects and scientific specimens used to broaden understanding of evolution, conservation, and biodiversity. Carnegie Museum of Natural History generates new scientific knowledge, advances science literacy, and inspires visitors of all ages to become passionate about science, nature, and world cultures. More information is available by calling 412.622.3131 or by visiting the website, www.carnegiemnh.org.