A priceless silver collection, a meteorite from outer space, a collection of insects, animals and plants from around the Great Basin and the world, medical artifacts, and hands-on activities and giveaways will greet families and visitors to the 12 museums featured in the University of Nevada, Reno's Day at the Museum event.
The community oriented event on Saturday, May 2 also features a tree treasure-hunt and crafts. The self-guided tour can begin at any of the dozen museums scattered around the campus, which is a designated arboretum and recognized by Tree Campus USA with collections of trees and shrubs.
The event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., is geared towards school children and their parents, and includes free admission to most of the venues and a map/flyer of all the museums.
Each museum will feature a different hands-on activity and giveaway. The Day at the Museum is ideal for families and anyone interested in art, history, earth science, life science and even outer space. Parking is free on campus for this event.
The museums participating in the Day at the Museum are:
- W. M. Keck Earth Science and Mineral Engineering Museum in the Mackay School of Mines Building
- Museum of Natural History in the Fleischmann Agriculture building
- Special Collections and Archives in the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center
- University Galleries in the Church Fine Arts building
- Nevada Historical Society
- Fleischmann Planetarium
- College of Engineering K-12 Teaching Lab in the Jot Travis building
- Wilbur D. May Museum at Rancho San Rafael Park
- University of Nevada, Reno Arboretum
- Anthropology Research Museum in the Ansari Business building
- Blackrock Press in the Jot Travis building
- Great Basin History of Medicine Museum in Savitt Medical Library, Pennington Medical Education building
The food truck Taste of Chicago will be set up in the loading circle at the Planetarium from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
For more information call Garrett Barmore, museum curator at the W. M. Keck Museum at 775-784-4528. More information about the museums and a map showing the museums will be available at www.unr.edu/museums next week for the event.