August 2, 2004 – Washington, DC - The Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences welcomed its 10,000th visitor on Saturday only three months after opening its doors. Darlene Kamya from Raleigh, North Carolina was surprised when what she thought would be a simple visit to the museum turned into a celebration.
"I came to the museum with my family because I love science," said Darlene Kamya, the 10,000 visitor. Kamya was presented with a plaque marking the occasion by Patrice Legro, the museum's director.
State-of-the-art exhibitions on global warming and DNA sequencing have attracted tourists from around the United States and 48 countries as well as local residents. In addition, over 100 groups – ranging from policy-makers to high school students to journalists – have visited the museum for educational sessions and tours, noted museum director Legro, who added, "There has been a wonderful response to the exhibits."
A series of engaging public programs will begin in August. On August 20 the museum will host "Murder at the Museum," an interactive program demonstrating how DNA sequencing is used in crime scene investigations. Other programs, such as an evening wine tasting that traces the genetic origin of Chardonnay and illustrates the climate-wine connection, a film screening with a discussion of the science behind the story, and a comedy night, will begin in the fall. Also coming this fall, the museum will launch a special field trip program to engage middle and high school students in discussions about issues raised in the exhibitions.
Located at the corner of 6th and E Streets, N.W. in Washington, D.C., near the Verizon Center, the museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., except Tuesdays. Admission rates are $5 for adults and $3 for seniors (65+), active duty military, and students (ages 5-18; and college students with ID). More information about the Marian Koshland Science Museum and its programs is available online, or by calling 888-KOS-HLAN.