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The Weis Museum and Other Wisconsin Museums and Historical Societies to Celebrate Third Annual Wisconsin Museums Week and International Museum Day

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The Wisconsin Federation of Museums is working with Wisconsin museums and historical societies to celebrate Wisconsin Museums Week between May 12-20, 2007 and, specifically, on International Museum Day, Friday, May 18, 2007.

Locally, a number of museums, including the Paper Discovery Center, Bergstrom-Mahler Art Museum, Weis Earth Science Museum and Barlow Planetarium (located on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley), The History Museum at the Castle, Hearthstone Historic House Museum and Appleton Art Center, are offering special deals and discounts to celebrate.

Created in 1977, International Museum Day is an effort to focus local, national and international attention on work done by museums. It is designed to be an opportunity for professionals from all over the world to promote the roles of their prospective institutions and to reflect on a particular theme.

The International Council of Museums (ICOM) selected Museums and Universal Heritage for the 2007 theme. The message for International Museum Day is pertinent: "We are all responsible for universal heritage." Alissandra Cummins, President of ICOM explains: "This year, more than ever, we need to raise consciousness about the role of museums in teaching individual and collective responsibility for global heritage. ICOM's International Museum Day has high purpose in promoting access to museum collections to focus on how cultural diversity and universal heritage go hand in hand."

Visiting museums on International Museum Day is a sure way to participate in celebrating 40,000 years of diverse human creativity and join the pledge to universal heritage. Last year, 25 Wisconsin museums participated in this event and over 37,000 people attended Wisconsin museums that week.  The statewide program will be held on-site at each museum either just on Friday, May 18, or for the entire week of May 12 – 20.

The activities and programs for each institution can be found on the Wisconsin Federation of Museums website www.wfm.org or by contacting the institution directly. Below is a listing of local events celebrating "Museums and Universal Heritage."

  • In conjunction with the exhibition, Memories of WWII: Photographs from the
    Archive of the Associated Press, the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum is having WWII docents available from May 12 to May 20 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 pm. On May 18 Allen Mortenson will speak about his Iwo Jima experiences and bring artifacts with him to display. For additional information see: www.bergstrom-mahlermuseum.com.
  • The Appleton Art Center is offering free admission on May 18. Visitors will see its new exhibition entitled, StageCraft: The Art of the Theater, which opens Friday, May 4. For additional information, see: www.appletonartcenter.org.
  • The Hearthstone Historic House Museum is offering free admission on Friday, May 18, 2007. Visitors will see our new exhibition entitled, Electricity!, which celebrates 125 years of Hydroelectricity. For additional information, see: www.hearthstonemuseum.org.
  • Celebrate International Museum Day’s theme of "Museums and Universal Heritage" with a free pass to over 275 science centers throughout the nation. As a member of the Association of Science-Technology Centers, the Paper Discovery Center offers this great benefit to all members of its Family & Friends program at the Friend level or higher.  From May 12th through May 20th, in honor of Wisconsin Museums Week, the Paper Discover Center is providing a FREE papermaking kit with all new Family & Friends memberships…a great way to celebrate museums and Wisconsin’s papermaking heritage all year long. Memberships are good for 12 months. To receive a FREE papermaking kit, a Family & Friends membership must be purchased between May 12th and May 20th, 2007. For further membership details, visit www.paperdiscoverycenter.org.
  • The History Museum at the Castle, formerly Outagamie Museum, is offering free admission on Saturday, May 12. For additional information, see: www.myhistorymuseum.org.
  • The Weis Earth Science Museum, Wisconsin’s Official Mineralogical Museum, is having free admission on May 18. Visitors will see its newest temporary exhibit, "Danger: Dinosaurs." For additional information, see: www.weismuseum.org.
  • In celebration of museum week, The Building for Kids features an ocean touch-tank. All visitors can enjoy this saltwater experience and make and take home a plaster cast of a real seashell.

Posted 05/08/2007