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Koshland Science Museum Celebrates First Anniversary With a Day of Free Events

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

March 23 , 2005 - Washington, DC - The Marian Koshland Science Museum will celebrate its one-year anniversary on Saturday, April 23, 2005. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., visitors can enjoy sidewalk science demonstrations, free popcorn, and free admission to the museum.
 
Since opening one year ago, the museum has hosted visitors from around the country and the world. Many visitors have been impressed by the museum's innovative way of explaining and illustrating the science that underlies many timely policy debates. “A gem of a science museum,” said one museum patron after his visit. “The exhibits are clear, interesting, and educational.”
 
“The museum is really terrific,” said another visitor. “The interactives were a great way to familiarize my kids with concepts they will have to grapple with in school and as voters.”
 
Featuring state-of-the-art, interactive exhibits targeted to students and adults, the museum helps translate the studies conducted by the National Academies into accessible, engaging exhibits. The museum’s inaugural exhibits allow visitors to glimpse the frontiers of today’s scientific research; witness the potential effects of global warming; and explore how DNA analysis can help catch criminals and stop epidemics. Knowledgeable volunteers staff the museum floor, providing additional information to visitors, interpreting museum exhibits and answering questions.
 
The Koshland Science Museum also offers students and adults a wide range of educational programs inspired by the museum's exhibits, including hands-on activities, educational field trips, and other special events throughout the year.
 
The Koshland is the only museum in the nation's capital solely dedicated to exploring the science at the core of many public policy decisions. It is operated by the National Academy of Sciences - a private, nonprofit organization created by a congressional charter in 1863 to advise the government on scientific and technical matters.
 
The museum is located at the corner of 6th & E Streets, N.W. in Washington, D.C., one block from the Verizon Center and National Building Museum, three blocks from the National Mall, and one block from the Gallery Place and Judiciary Square Metrorail stations, serviced by the red, yellow, and green lines. For more information, call 202-334-1201.