On Saturday, Thronateeska Heritage Center and Wetherbee Plantetarium will join participating museums and cultural institutions nationwide to open their doors free of charge to all visitors who download the Museum Day Ticket from Smithsonian.com. It’s a perfect opportunity for southwest Georgians to discover one of the area’s cultural treasures, in addition to learning more about the planet and the region’s historic influences.
During this journey to celebrate our world’s dynamic heritage and cultural life sponsored by Toyota, participating Museum Day venues emulate the free admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, D.C.-based facilities.
“Museums provide education, fun and opportunities for families or individuals to experience our world through history, great art or exploring science. All Americans, whatever our age, social or economic status or level of education, are fortunate to have local, state and national museums to visit and thereby improve our quality of life.” said Anne Churchwell Stokes, president of Thronateeska Heritage Foundation.
Thronateeska’s Museums and Planetarium will be open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Shows in the Wetherbee Planetarium are scheduled for 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
The Museum Day Ticket is available to download at www.smithsonian.com/museumday. Visitors who present the official pass will gain free admission for two people to participating museums and cultural venues. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address.
Thronateesk, located at 100 W. Roosevelt Ave., is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to inspire wonder and stimulate exploration of science and South Georgia’s history by providing a dynamic learning experience. The History Museum, in the historic Union Station, features rotating exhibits focusing on Albany and South Georgia history. Visitors can explore prehistoric creatures and experience the sciences at hands-on learning stations. The Wetherbee Planetarium transports the audience to the outer limits of our universe though a high-definition full-dome projection system.
For information, call 432-6955.