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Marian Koshland Science Museum Grand Opening

Media Contact: Museum Communications Officer, Koshland Science Museum
Phone: 202-334-1201, Email: Museum Communications Officer

Maureen O'Leary, The National Academies
Phone: 202-334-2875, Email: Maureen O'Leary

April 16 , 2004Washington, DC – Discover DC’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 also entertain as museum interns from Banneker High School engage visitors in hands-on science activities. Museum admission will be free on opening day only – general admission rates will go into effect Saturday, April 24.

WHEN:
Friday, April 23, 2004
10 am: Entertainment begins
10:30 am: Program begins
11 am (approx.): Museum doors open to visitors
11 am – Noon: Live entertainment continues
11 am – 2 pm: Hands-on science activities continue
6 pm: Museum closes

WHERE:
Marian Koshland Science Museum: Corner of 6th & E Streets, NW
Metro: Gallery Place or Judiciary Square
For more information and a map of the area see Directions.

PARTICIPANTS:
Civic officials, 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 UC 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, advisor 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
  • Local students from Banneker High School

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

MUSEUM BACKGROUND:
The Marian Koshland Science Museum features state-of-the art, interactive exhibits targeted to students and adults that translate the reports conducted by the National Academies every year into accessible, engaging exhibits. Inaugural exhibits focus on global warming and DNA, allowing visitors to glimpse the frontiers of today’s scientific research; witness the potential effects of global warming; and explore how DNA analysis can catch criminals and stop epidemics.