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CMU Museum to host "Tour Tuesdays" in July


Volunteers fix a large blown-up moon to the ceiling of the Museum of Cultural and Natural History March 22 at Rowe Hall.

Community members can learn about history and science every Tuesday this month.

The Central Michigan University Museum of Cultural and Natural History is hosting "Tour Tuesday" during July. From 10-11 a.m. each Tuesday in Rowe Hall, there will be educational games and activities for people of all ages.

Caity Burnell, CMU Museum educator and research collections coordinator, said the museum hosts "Tour Tuesdays" every July. This year, each event is related to the museum's newest exhibit: "Kozmic Clash: Peace, Love and Outer Space." The exhibit is dedicated to celebrating the creativity and innovation of 1969. The two featured events are the Apollo 11 space mission and the Woodstock festival.

The exhibit features multiple interactive elements including a hands-on music gallery, an Apollo 11 exhibit on the ceiling, and a Volkswagen bus named "Honey Bear" visitors can draw on.

July 16 - Moon Landing

Celebrate the 50-year anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch at Rowe Hall, located at 650 E. Bellows St. There will be lessons about the first astronauts to walk on the moon, their journey through space and the technology required to get them there. 

July 23 - Feelin' the Music

Create your own instrument and learn the fundamentals of music in the new hands-on music gallery at the CMU museum in Rowe Hall. There will also be discussions about music and instruments from around the world.

July 30 - Habitats and Homes

Learn about animals' habitats and how they adapt to their environment. Activities include making your own insect, a habitat-matching challenge and a game of survival.

Burnell said visitors can park by the meters on East Campus Drive or Bellows Street, or they can pick up a free guest parking pass from the museum's main office in Rowe 103.

The Museum of Cultural and Natural History is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The museum features a variety of permanent and temporary exhibits.