National Academies advisory: Science Museum grand opening Friday, April 23


Discover D.C.'s newest museum as its doors open to the public revealing the science driving today's headlines and affecting our lives every day. The Grand Opening will spring into action with performances by Velocity Stilts acrobats who have adapted the latest technology used in artificial limbs into high-performance stilts. The big band sound of the Junkyard Saints will entertain as museum interns from Banneker High School engage visitors in hands-on science activities throughout the afternoon. MUSEUM ADMISSION WILL BE FREE ON OPENING DAY ONLY. General admission rates will go into effect Saturday, April 24.


10 a.m.: Entertainment begins
10:30 a.m.: Program begins
11 a.m.: Museum doors open to visitors
11 a.m. 2 p.m.: Live entertainment & outdoor activities, Hands-on science activities continue
6 p.m.: Museum closes

Metro: Gallery Place or Judiciary Square

PARTICIPANTS: Civic officials, and museum and National Academies leadership. DEPUTY MAYOR ERIC PRICE is expected to attend. Others in attendance will include:

-- Dr. Bruce Alberts, president of the National Academy of Sciences
-- Dr. Daniel Koshland, founder of the Marian Koshland Science Museum and professor of biochemistry at University of California, Berkeley
-- Patrice Legro, director of the Marian Koshland Science Museum
-- Dr. Donald Kennedy, co-chair of the museum's advisory committee and Bing Professor of Environmental Science at Stanford University
-- Dr. Eugene Rasmusson, adviser to the museum's climate change exhibit and professor of meteorology at the University of Maryland
-- Dr. William Wulf, president of the National Academy of Engineering
-- Dr. Harvey Fineberg, president of the Institute of Medicine
-- Students from Banneker High School, Washington, D.C.

Interview opportunities are limited and must be requested at the Press Check-In area. We will do our best to accommodate as many journalists as possible.

Source: Eurekalert & others

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