International Museum Day at the County
The San Bernardino County Museum will celebrate International
Museum Day on Sunday, May 16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Family programs,
presentations by museum staff, and free museum admission will
highlight the day. Free admission is sponsored by Century 21 Lois
International Museum Day has been celebrated all over the world
since 1977. The event provides the opportunity for museum professionals
and the public to meet and for museums to share the challenges
and opportunities of being institutions in the service of society
and its development. Visitors at the county museum will be able
to meet some of the people who care for and interpret museum collections
that reflect the natural and cultural history of inland California
and the Southwest.
The International Council on Museums states, "Museums are
an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures,
and development of mutual understanding, cooperation, and peace
Family activities will focus on museum collections in the avian
galleries with "Birds: Beaks, Feathers, and Eggs, Oh My!"
The Museum Youth Club will help families discover the answers
to such puzzling bird questions as "How does a bird chew
without teeth?" or "How can a bird survive in the great
outdoors without a coat?" Crafts, games, and activities are
scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A $1 program fee will be requested
for some activities to cover the cost of materials.
Museum curators care for the museum collections. Curators from
museum divisions of anthropology and archaeology, geology, paleontology,
history and archives, and biological sciences will set up special
tables throughout the museum to show objects from the collections
and answer questions about how the specimens and artifacts are
safeguarded and why it is important to manage the collections.
These presentations will be ongoing from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in
the museum galleries.
The San Bernardino County Museum is at the California Street exit
from Interstate 10 in Redlands. Admission is free on May 16. Parking
is free, and the facility is handicapped-accessible. Lunch, snacks,
and beverages are available at the museum's Garden Café
from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, visit the museum
at www.sbcountymuseum.org or call (909) 307-2669 / TDD/TTY: (909) 792-1462.