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Museum of Science welcomes residents for September Salem Days

Posted by Kaileigh Higgins  August 19, 2010 10:00 AM

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The following is a press release from the Museum of Science:

This September, Salem residents will have the opportunity to stand before two massive whale skeletons—each longer than a school bus, step inside the imaginative mind of M.C. Escher, ride across the dunes of Arabia and outback of Australia, discover the life and work of George Washington Carver, see brilliant flashes of indoor lightning, and much more free of charge when the Museum of Science hosts September Salem Days. This program, generously funded by the Norman H. Read Trust, will allow Salem residents to explore more than 700 exhibits and four giant-screen films in the Mugar Omni Theater. This is the second year that the Norman H. Read Trust is providing this exclusive opportunity for Salem residents.
 
"Thanks to the generosity of the Norman H. Read Trust, we are thrilled to welcome Salem visitors free of charge this September for the second consecutive year," said Joan Hadly, the Museum’s senior vice president of advancement. “September Salem Days offers Salem residents an opportunity to embark on an exciting science adventure through our interactive exhibits, live presentations, and Omni films."
 
The Norman H. Read Trust will also subsidize two free MBTA train rides to and from North Station. The first train ride will take place on Saturday, September 11 and will be led by Mayor Kimberley Driscoll and her family. The second train ride, led by State Representative John Keenan and his family, will be held on Saturday, September 18. Both train rides will depart from Salem and the offer is only valid for the 10:38 a.m. North Station bound trains on each day.
 
“It is our hope to attract even more families to visit the Museum of Science during the month of September by funding two train rides,” said Norman H. Read Trust Trustee Dr. Nile Albright. “I would like to thank the MBTA staff for all of their assistance in developing a system that enables Salem residents to take advantage of this special offer.”
 
“I would like to thank Dr. Nile Albright, trustee of the Norman H. Read Trust for his commitment not only to making September Salem Days a reality, but to continue to fund new initiatives to make certain as many Salem residents as possible will have the opportunity to visit the Museum of Science for free,” said City of Salem Mayor Kimberley Driscoll. “Based on last year’s success, we are looking forward to even more people taking advantage of this amazing gift to the citizens of Salem by the Norman H. Read Trust. It is a wonderful opportunity to spend quality, fun time with your family while helping them learn about the wonders of science and technology.”
 
“Salem is very fortunate to be the benefactor of the Norman H. Read Trust to promote science education in our school system over the years and it is wonderful that the Trust has now created September Salem Days, a program that all of Salem’s residents can take advantage of,” said State Representative John Keenan. “I am looking forward to taking my family to the Museum of Science on Saturday, September 18. This is a perfect way to promote public transportation and since the Museum of Science is only a short walk from North Station it is a perfect fit for September Salem Days.”
 
Norman H. Read was a close friend and colleague of Museum founder Bradford Washburn. It was Dr. Albright who joined Read and Washburn for an expedition to the summit of Mount McKinley in 1955 to research who made the first successful assent of the 20,300-foot mountain in 1907.
 
September Salem Days Program Information
The program includes free Exhibit Halls and Omni Theater passes for all Salem families, individuals, and children. Passes will be mailed to each Salem household in late August. To obtain additional passes, residents can visit one of three distribution centers, which include Salem City Hall, Salem Public Library, and the Salem Parks and Recreation Department. Passes will also be distributed in classrooms at the Salem public schools. Exhibit Hall passes can be presented at the Museum entrance with a valid Massachusetts driver's license or identification card indicating Salem residence. Mugar Omni Theater passes must be exchanged for a timed ticket with valid identification. Salem residents must obtain passes in the mail or from a distribution center prior to arriving at the Museum.
 
Throughout the month of September, the Mugar Omni Theater will show Arabia, Thrill Ride: The Science of Fun, Whales, and Australia: Land Beyond Time (opening September 10). Exhibit Halls highlights include Whales | Tohora, George Washington Carver, Inside the Mind of M.C. Escher, Thompson Theater of Electricity, Gordon Current Science & Technology Center presentations, design challenges, and much more. For more information the public can call 617-723-2500 or visit mos.org
 
About the Museum of Science
The Museum takes a hands-on approach to science, engineering and technology, attracting about 1.5 million visitors a year via its programs and 700 interactive exhibits. Founded in 1830, the Museum was first to embrace all the sciences under one roof. Highlights include the Thomson Theater of Electricity, Charles Hayden Planetarium, Mugar Omni Theater, Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, 3-D Digital Cinema and Butterfly Garden. Reaching 25,000 teens a year worldwide via the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network, the Museum also leads a multi-museum, $20 million National Science Foundation-funded nanotechnology education initiative. The Museum's Science Is an Activity exhibit plan has been awarded many NSF grants and influenced science centers worldwide. Its National Center for Technological Literacy® aims to enhance knowledge of engineering and technology for people of all ages and inspire the next generation of engineers, inventors, and scientists. The Museum is ranked #3 by Parents Magazine in its list of the country's Ten Best Science Centers." For more information visit mos.org.

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