Discovering Darwin, Celebrating Science
The Michigan State University Museum presents its 13th annual Darwin Discovery Day, an afternoon of science, exploration and discovery, on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, 1-5 p.m.
MSU scientists and students take part in Darwin Discovery Day to share their expertise and love of science with the public. The theme for this yearâ€™s event is â€śEndless Forms Most Beautifulâ€¦.â€ť Activities, tours and collections inspired by the theme will take over all three floors of the MSU Museum:
â€˘ Ask Charles Darwin (MSU Professor Rich Bellon) a question
â€˘ Trek behind the scenes for a vertebrate collections tour
â€˘ Dig into lots of plant activities from MSUâ€™s 4-H Childrenâ€™s Garden, MSU Herbarium & Department of Forestry
â€˘ Check out the Museum Store
â€˘ Enjoy a piece of cake in honor of Darwinâ€™s 208th birthday
Ask the experts: as a favorite tradition of the day, visitors are encouraged to bring in a rock, bone, fossil, tooth or other natural object for museum curators and faculty members to identify. (The MSU Museum cannot provide estimates on the commercial value of any specimen nor provide expertise on human-made artifacts at this program.)
The program is presented free of charge.
Science institutions worldwide have created special programs around Darwin's birthday each year that help promote an appreciation for the benefits of scientific knowledge acquired through human curiosity and ingenuity. Learn more at http://www.darwinday.org.
The Michigan State University Museum features three floors of science and culture collections and changing exhibits. The Museum is located at 409 W.Circle Drive, next to Beaumont Tower on the MSU campus, and is open free of charge (donations encouraged) seven days a week: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Sunday 1-5 p.m. Parking is available with limited visitor spots in front of the MSU Museum (purchase a parking pass inside) and at metered spaces in the Grand River Ave. ramp, at the corner of Grand River Ave. and Charles St. Â For more information call (517) 355-2370 or see http://museum.msu.edu.