April through May 25….Pirates & Treasure - Arrr….ye
ready for family fun this Spring? Treasure is a word that stirs
the imagination of everyone, of every age. An educational and entertaining
exhibit for museums and science/technology centers, Pirates &
Treasure! explores the history of treasures and treasure hunting,
the technology employed in hunting treasure, as well as the people
and personalities that hunt for treasure—including you! What
is treasure? Who hunts for treasure? Why do they hunt treasure?
How do people hunt for treasure? What do you treasure? Explore these
questions and take part in your own treasure hunt when you visit
Pirates & Treasure! There will be several thematic areas and
hands-on activities that allow you to try tools of treasure hunting
and investigate treasures. Discover the life and times of pirates
on the High Seas, from “Black Bart” and “Blackbeard”
to “Long Ben”, learn why these pirate legends are still
romanticized today. Special exhibit features include actual artifacts
from shipwrecks and other treasure sites. Visitors are invited to
go on a treasure hunt in the exhibit to locate the special treasure
Underwater Treasure — Sunken treasure, lost
aboard ships that never arrived at their destinations, has long
been the object of pursuit for treasure hunters. This part of the
exhibit examines who are these hunters, what tools do they use to
locate treasure, and what do they find. Actual shipwreck artifacts
are part of this module. Activities include a Remote Operated Vehicle.
Buried Treasure — Pirate booty, the Knights
Templar, and hoards of gold are popular themes in treasure lore
and some of it really exists. How do people hunt for buried treasure?
What do they find? These topics are explored in the buried treasure
area. Metal Detecting — Throughout Pirates & Treasure!,
the tools and technology of treasure hunting are explored. Visitors
can experiment with metal detectors and see how they work in this
part of the exhibit that bridges Buried Treasure and the Modern
Gold Rushes — The gold rushes of the 19th
century are slipping further into history but their impact remains
in many parts of the North America. This part of the exhibit brings
the hunt for gold to your visitors with an actual gold panning activity.
Biographical sketches, timelines, and maps put the gold rushes in
context. Visitors are also invited to be worth their weight in gold
with our special scale.
Treasures in the Attic — Bringing the treasure
closer to home, the attic module shows visitors how to find treasures
in everyday objects. Family heirlooms and even long-lost toys may
hold hidden value. Treasure hunting is often thought of as someone
else's activity, but most of us pursue our own version of treasure
in one way or another. The attic invites people to consider, what
do YOU treasure?
Treasure in Popular Culture — Treasure is
one of the most popular themes across cultures. Games, books, movies,
TV shows are full of treasure stories. Even breakfast cereal and
license plates have been touched by our thirst for the adventure
of treasure hunting. This thematic area will be split between the
Attic and the Introductory area in some venues.
The Modern Treasure Hunt — Contemporary treasure
hunting employs exciting technology, like metal detectors. In this
area, visitors will consider the various ways that people find their
way (maps, compasses, landmarks) and other tools of navigation,
including the Global Positioning System.
Geocaching — This family-friendly outdoor
activity first appeared in 2001 and now boasts hundreds of thousands
of enthusiasts. Using GPS receivers, players hide and seek 'treasure'
purely for fun. Visitors will do an indoor version of geocaching
in this exhibit.
Protecting Treasure — To what extremes will
people go to protect treasure—or to steal it? Visitors try
their hand at opening a safe in this area, which only appears in
larger showings of the exhibit!
Kids Cove - The exhibit will also feature a pirate ship play structure
for kids including a captain’s wheel, telescopes, a real firing
air cannon, a craft area and puppet theater.
Critter Hut - Visit the Critter Hut to see exotic
tropical species including crocodiles, boa constrictors, macaws,
and poison dart frogs, hissing cockroaches, scorpions and more.
*For Group and
School Group rates and reservations please call 806-745-2525 x234.
Additional exhibit information may also be found at www.sciencespectrum.org.
Science Spectrum OMNI Theater, 2579 S. Loop 289.
– December 20….Museum of Texas Tech Antarctic Exhibit
roaring winds, freezing temperatures, and crevasses, F. Alton Wade,
joined the Second Byrd Expedition to Antarctica in 1933. He was
appointed lead geologist for the Eastern Sledge Party, a 77 day
sled journey into the unknown of Marie Byrd Land. In 1939, Wade,
returned to the icy frontier as Senior Scientist for the United
States Antarctic Service to plan and manage the expedition’s
scientific program as well as command the cutting-edge Snow Cruiser,
a mobile research lab equipped with an airplane on its roof. Wade
came to Texas Tech University in 1954 serving as Chair of the Department
of Geosciences and leading 6 Texas Tech Antarctic expeditions. Wade
was also a member of the first group of professors to be awarded
as a Horn Professor. In 1971, he created the Antarctic Research
Center at the Museum of Texas Tech University to further advance
the discoveries of the Texas Tech expeditions that are detailed
in this year’s featured Horn Professor exhibition, “Antarctica
– Pioneering American Explorations of the Frozen Continent,”
a new exhibit running Jan. 30 – Dec. 20 at the Museum of Texas
Tech University. The exhibit highlights nearly 100 objects from
the collections of the Museum of Texas Tech University, said Tabitha
Schmidt, interim director for the Museum. Attendees can learn why
it took 200 years before large sections of the Antarctic interior
could be explored. Penguins, sled dogs, fossils of ancient animals,
and a mummified seal tell the story of how this seemingly inhospitable
landscape, 98 percent covered in snow and ice, has evolved and always
teemed with life. “Not only will you be able to trace the
steps of Antarctic exploration, you can see how you would measure
up to a life-sized cutout of an Emperor penguin, interact with games
that test your knowledge of Antarctic exploration, learn about the
Frozen Continent’s prehistoric tropical past, and see what
parts of an actual exploration campsite would have looked like,”
Schmidt said. “The exhibition also features a large mock glacier
in the main gallery that contains a continuous mural depicting Antarctic
scenery. These are experiences you will not want to miss.”
For more information visit email@example.com or call 806.742.2490.
Museum of Texas Tech University, 3301 Fourth St.