UW-Stevens Point joins national Museum Day event
Joining a nationwide event, the Museum of Natural History at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point will participate in Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live! on Saturday, September 28. 

Museum Day Live! offers free admission to visitors presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket at a participating museum or cultural institution. While the museum offers free admission every day, this is the first time it has participated in the event, which includes museums in all 50 states. Last year the event drew more than 400,000 nationally. 

The event represents the Smithsonian’s commitment to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone, said UW-Stevens Point’s museum director, Ray Reser. 

The UW-Stevens Point Natural History Museum holds more than 400,000 natural history specimens and artifacts related to Wisconsin, North America and beyond.  “Our exhibits detail our region’s past and present geology, ecosystems and wildlife,” Reser said. “They include permanent and rotating displays featuring Wisconsin Native American historic and prehistoric artifacts, as well as the extensive Menominee Clans Story exhibit detailing origin and clan stories of the Menominee People.”

The museum is an outreach and educational facility aligned with the College of Letters and Science and is the only public natural history museum in north central Wisconsin. The museum’s exhibits are located on the first floor of the university library and may be viewed during regular library hours: Monday–Thursday, 7:45 a.m. to midnight; Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Metered parking is located in Lot R, which is accessible from Portage or Reserve streets. 

For more information about Museum Day Live! 2013 and a list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit www.smithsonian.com/museumday. For information on the UW-Stevens Point Museum of Natural History, call 715-346-2858, email museum@uwsp.edu or visit www.uwsp.edu/museum.  

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