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Pratt Museum Weekly News Release: May 10, 2013

WINTER HOURS

Galleries and Museum Store open 12 noon– 5 pm Tuesday through Sunday Closed Monday

SUMMER HOURS BEGIN MAY 15


Starting Wednesday, May 15, open daily 10 am to 6 pm

CURRENT SPECIAL EXHIBIT

ENCOUNTERS:  WHALES IN OUR WATERS

Through interactive and multi-media displays this exhibit explores nine cetacean species, from porpoises to baleen whales that frequent Kachemak Bay and Lower Cook Inlet. The emphasis is on how people of the region interact with whales.

Encounters:  Whales in Our Waters remains on display through July 21

VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION

Monday, May 13  - two sessions: 11 am to 12 noon and 3 to 4 pm

There are many exciting things happening at the Pratt this summer! They include the historic Homestead Cabin, our SeeBird Cam streaming live from Gull Island and the special exhibit, Encounters: Whales in Our Waters. Be part of the fun and join an extraordinary community service team! Contact Jennie Engebretsen,Visitor Services Manager, at 435-3326 to learn  more about volunteering for the Museum this summer.

WHALE TALES

In conjunction with Encounters:  Whales in Our Waters, we present a series of talks relating to whales. The third in this series, Belugas and People:  Their Cook Inlet History Together, by Nancy Lord and Janet Klein will be on Friday, May 17, at 5 pm. Both have explored and written about the endangered Cook Inlet beluga whales.

INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM DAY

Saturday, May 18, 10 am to 6 pm  -  Free admission to the Pratt

This year’s theme:  Museums (memory + creativity) = Social Change

BOOK SIGNING  BY DENA MATKIN

Sunday, May 19, 10 am to 4 pm

Matkin’s new book A Researcher’s Life chronicles her travels as she finds love, makes a home in the wilderness and plunges into the life of a researcher—often alone in a small boat while surrounded by killer whales!

LOOKING AHEAD

ALASKA AVIATION CENTENNIAL RECEPTION

Friday, May 24, 5 to 7 pm

In celebration of the centennial of flight in Alaska, pilots using vintage aircraft will barnstorm a Commemorative Route throughout Alaska making 15 stops from May 9th through July 14th.

The historic planes will arrive in Homer on Friday, May 24, and be available for viewing at Bald Mountain Air. Then from 5-7 pm, The Pratt Museum will host the barnstorming pilots plus a special traveling exhibit. Bring your own stories about the early days of flight here in Kachemak Bay.

ONGOING

FISH FEEDINGS

Every Tuesday and Friday at 4 pm, Marine Gallery        

Help feed the intertidal creatures in the aquaria. Fish feeding is fun, free and all are welcome!

KACHEMAK BAY:

AN EXPLORATION OF PEOPLE AND PLACE

The Pratt Museum’s permanent exhibition features community-based videos, photo essays, and interactive computer displays take visitors beyond the museum walls to learn about historic and contemporary life around Kachemak Bay.

EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Various education programs are taking place throughout the year at the Pratt. Check out our

website for more details, www.prattmuseum.org and click on our calendar of events.

 

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