After remaining closed since June for renovations, the Texas Memorial Museum is back with lots of fun events for October!
New Exhibit! – Beginning Saturday, October 8, 2011 – Sarahsaurus aurifontanalis is an early ancestor to giant sauropod dinosaurs. Learn about its discovery and what makes this claw-handed dinosaur such an intriguing find!
Family Fossil Fun Day – Sunday, October 9, 2011 – 1pm to 4:45pm
Fossil identifications, hands-on presentations by paleontologists, storytime, fossil dig pit, and paleo-themed crafts and activities. Free admission and free activities.
Schedule of Activities:
2:00–2:30 pm (4th floor, theatre) Discovering Sarahsaurus—with Dr. Timothy Rowe, TNSC vertebrate paleontologist. Learn about Dr. Rowe’s exciting find and what Sarahsaurus tells us about dinosaur evolution.
3:00–3:45 pm (4th floor, theatre) Mammoths on the Move—with Dr. Pamela R. Owen, TNSC vertebrate paleontologist. Come for storytime and a hands-on exploration of mammoths and their relatives from the last Ice Age!
4:00–4:20 pm (1st floor, Paleo Lab) Meet a Preparator—with Ms. Laura Naski, TNSC educator and Paleo Lab preparator. See the “tools of the trade” and learn how fossils are cleaned, repaired and made ready for exhibit, research and teaching.
Ongoing 1:00–4:30 pm
Sarahsaurus exhibit (2nd floor)
Crafts and games (2nd floor)
Fossil Identifications (1st floor, Paleo Lab)
Fossil Dig Pit (Outside on the west patio)
Dinosaur Track Mats (Outside on the west patio)
National Fossil Day – Wednesday, October 12, 2011
National Fossil Day™ is a celebration organized by the National Park Service to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational values.
Join paleontologists at Texas Memorial Museum in this nationwide celebration promoting awareness of fossils and the science of paleontology.
Schedule of Activities:
2 pm, 3 pm and 4 pm – (2nd floor, Sarahsaurus exhibit)
“Sarahsaurus and the Success of Dinosaurs”—a gallery talk with Dr. Pamela R. Owen, TNSC vertebrate paleontologist.
Ongoing 1 pm to 4:45 pm – (1st floor, Paleo Lab area)
Fossil identifications and more! Meet with TNSC paleontologists and members of the Paleontological Society of Austin to learn about the fabulous fossil record of Texas and explore paleontology as a career or hobby.
Fright at the Museum – Sunday, October 30, 2011 – 1 pm to 4:45 pm
Dress up your little goblins and celebrate Halloween at Austin’s very own dinosaur graveyard during Fright at the Museum! Join our spooky scientists in exploring the mysterious side of Texas’ natural history. Feel frightful fish from the ocean depths; be rattled by slithery snakes of Central Texas; and feast your eyes on our bizarre bugs while we serve up creepy, crawly critters for your culinary delight. Free event for the entire family!
This year, we’re out for blood! We’ve partnered with The Blood Center of Central Texas and are hosting a blood drive at the Museum. You too can be a fang-tastic blood donor! Register for the blood drive now.
On the blood drive registration page:
Under Step 1, enter “Vampire” as the sponsor code and October 30, 2011 as the date.
Under Step 2, select “Texas Natural Science Center” as the location.
Under Step 3, click on “Schedule” next to the time you want to donate blood.
Blood donors must be at least 17 years old and weigh at least 115 pounds. Donors must bring a photo ID with their date of birth on it.
For more information contact Christina Cid at 512-232-5509.