I.P. Stanback Museum celebrates National Museum Day

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Stanback will feature new exhibition, planetarium shows and art workshops for children

ORANGEBURG –
The I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium will join hundreds of museums nationwide in celebrating “National Museum Day,” Sept. 29.

In celebration of the day, the museum and planetarium will offer museum tours, a new exhibition – Harlem on My Mind, two planetarium shows and art workshops for children.

This will mark the first time that SC State’s museum is participating in the national program, which is presented by Smithsonian magazine and Hyundai Motor America. Museum Day is a day when museums and cultural institutions nationwide open their doors free of charge to Smithsonian magazine readers and Smithsonian.com visitors.

Admission to the I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium is always free to the public and the community is invited to attend this event and all museum offerings. However, visitors on National Museum Day are requested to complete an official Museum Day Admission Card online at www.smithsonian.com/museumdaycard.

The feature exhibition at the museum will be a sneak preview of Harlem on My Mind, which will have its official debut during SC State’s 2007 Homecoming Weekend in late October. The show was created in 1969 for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and was given to the I.P. Stanback Museum by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City. Harlem on My Mind has not been seen anywhere else in the world until now. Tours of the exhibition will be conducted by students enrolled in SC State’s museum studies classes.

The I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium is the only facility of its kind at any Historically Black College or University (HBCU) and one of the few museums in the country with a planetarium. For Museum Day, the planetarium will feature two series, “Night Sky” and “Ancient Cultures.”

The Night Sky series of planetarium shows tracks the seasonal changes of the interesting objects that can be viewed from Orangeburg, SC throughout the year. Night Sky will be shown at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The Ancient Cultures series of planetarium shows highlights the early advances in astronomy attributed to ancient cultures from around the world. The series opened in July with “Astronomy of the Ancient Mayans,” and will continue through this fall with “Ancient Egyptian Astronomy.” Ancient Cultures will be shown at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Art workshops for children will also be conducted by SC State’s talented art students between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Regular hours for the I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. To arrange special hours for schools and other groups, contact the museum at 803-536-7174.

Museum Day is a day when museums and cultural institutions nationwide open their doors free of charge to Smithsonian magazine readers and Smithsonian.com visitors. Celebrating culture, learning and knowledge, Museum Day reflects the spirit of the magazine, and emulates the free-admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, D.C.-based facilities. This year’s Museum Day is also supported by CITGO Petroleum Corporation and, for the third consecutive year, TIAA-CREF.

Last year, approximately 30,000 people attended Museum Day. Forty-nine states were represented by 448 participating museums, including 55 Smithsonian affiliates. Nationally, attendees at Museums must present Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day Admission Card to gain free entry to participating institutions. Since the I.P. Stanback Museum is always open free to the public, everyone is welcome. Please either present an Admission Card, or fill one out at the Museum, so that we can send them to Smithsonian Magazine. The Museum Day Admission Card is available in the September issue of Smithsonian magazine and a downloadable version is available on the Museum Day Web site at www.smithsonian.com/museumdaycard. Listings and links to other participating museums’ and sponsors’ Web sites can be found at www.smithsonian.com/museumday.