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January 13, 2009


Museum Nights to be held on third Thursdays in 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. —Beginning Thursday, Jan. 15 Museum Nights will take place once a month, offering the opportunity for students and the general public to enjoy enhanced and expanded quality programming planned by students. Continuing support from University of Florida Student Government allows the Harn Museum of Art and the Florida Museum of Natural History to offer Museum Nights on the third Thursday of each month from 6 to 9 p.m. during UF academic terms.

“Museum Nights is a terrific program encouraging cultural awareness and development among university students,” said Rebecca Nagy, director of the Harn Museum of Art. “We believe that the program has the opportunity to reach even more students through this commitment to expanded programming offered once a month.”

The first Museum Nights of the year, a celebration of New Year’s around the world, will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 15. Following an outdoor showing of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” Harn Museum visitors will enjoy musical performances by Bang Bang Boom and Samantha Jones of Deep and Holy Sea. For festivities with Indian flair, visitors will make candles and enjoy Indian food. An American celebration will be marked by a sparkling grape juice toast, hors d’oeuvres and fondue in the Galleria. Docents in the galleries will discuss rebirth and renewal as seen in the works on view. Visitors may enter a raffle with resolution-themed prizes throughout the evening.

The Florida Museum of Natural History will host an observance of the Chinese New Year. During the festivities, visitors will play a tile game, paint paper lanterns in the classroom and participate in a Chinese calligraphy demonstration while enjoying traditional food provided by Goddess Catering. A lecture on Chinese astrology begins at 7 p.m., followed by a comedy show featuring acrobatics.

The goal of Museum Nights is to make available the rich artistic and scientific offerings of the Harn Museum of Art and Florida Museum of Natural History to the student body of the University of Florida and the broader Gainesville community. Sponsored by UF Student Government, Museum Nights offers programming and entertainment planned by students, for students.

Admission to the Harn Museum of Art and Florida Museum of Natural History is free.

For more information visit www.sg.ufl.edu, call (352) 392-1665, ext. 415 or e-mail museumnights@sg.ufl.edu.

2009 Museum Nights Schedule
Jan. 15
Feb. 19
March 19
April 16
July 16
*Aug. 27
Sept. 17
Oct. 15
Nov. 19
* Museum Nights on Aug. 27 is the only program that takes place on the fourth Thursday of the month, celebrating the start of the UF academic term.

 

Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art
The Harn Museum of Art at SW 34th St. and Hull Rd. is one of the largest university art museums in the country with nearly 7,000 works in its collection focusing on African, Asian, modern and contemporary art and photography. The museum enhances the activities of the University of Florida and serves a culturally diverse audience through educational programming. Admission is free. Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Parking is free on weekends. The Camellia Court Café is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information call 352-392-9826 or visit www.harn.ufl.edu.

Florida Museum of Natural History
The Florida Museum of Natural History is Florida's state natural history museum, dedicated to understanding, preserving and interpreting biological diversity and cultural heritage. It is located near the intersection of Southwest 34th Street and Hull Road in the University of Florida Cultural Plaza in Gainesville. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Butterfly Rainforest admission is $9.50 for adults ($8 Fla. residents) and $5 for children ages 3-12. Prices subject to change. For more information, including directions and parking, call (352) 846-2000, or visit www.flmnh.ufl.edu.

UF Student Government

The University of Florida Student Government, established in 1909, exists to represent and act in the interest of the students. Student Government has created an academic and extracurricular environment benefiting students through its programs and works to sustain and improve them each year. Visit www.sg.ufl.edu or call (352) 392-1665 for more information.






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Paul Ramey, APR
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Florida Museum of Natural History
(352) 273-2054, pramey@flmnh.ufl.edu
 
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