Pratt Museum Weekly News Release: May 10, 2013
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
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.