The Union Recorder

Opinion

September 29, 2012

Explore local wonders on Museum Day

MILLEDGEVILLE — This weekend, local residents have an all-access pass to some of the most fascinating, historically creative outlets in town. Saturday is National Museum Day, and several local venues are taking part.

More than 1,400 museums across the country, including several local locations, will participate in the event spearheaded by Smithsonian Magazine. The event aims to promote history, science and nature and arts museums by offering one-day-only free admission for participating museums. The event gives patrons up to two free admissions to participating museums and cultural institutions across the country.

Local museums participating in Museum Live include Andalusia, Georgia College’s Blackbridge Hall Art Gallery, the Brown-Stetson-Sanford House, Georgia College’s Natural History Museum, Georgia’s Old Capital Museum, John Marlor Arts Center, Lockerly Hall & Arboretum, the Old Governor’s Mansion and Georgia College Museum’s Flannery O’Connor Room.

New exhibits will also be on display at Georgia’s Old Capital Museum and at the Old Governor’s Mansion.

Free ticket downloads are available at www.smithsonianmag.com for free access for one ticketholder and a guest.

These local collections and exhibits are tremendous resources for local students and educators, and they provide an entertaining adventure for families to spend the day. Local residents who have never ventured to any of these sites may very well be surprised by their expansive collections. The GCSU Natural History Museum offers one of the largest collections of authentic fossils and artifacts in the southeast, some of them up to 500 million years old. Georgia’s Old Capital Museum provides detailed insight on not only the history of Milledgeville and Baldwin County, but our state as well, with details on how life used to be in Georgia’s primitive stages, and the Old Governor’s Mansion and its rich High Greek Revival architecture reveals much about how life was when Milledgeville was our state’s capital.

Tourism, which includes visits to the local museum district, pumps a significant amount of money into the local economy each year, and Milledgeville’s sites are certainly worthy of local interest and support. Take a trip back in time, explore nature or revisit the life of one of our most-prized writers at Andalusia this weekend — free of charge. Find out what others have already discovered in the local museum district — you may be surprised at what you uncover.

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