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Carnegie Museum of Natural History offers International Museum Day programming

Mary Pickels
| Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 11:21 a.m.
An introduction to Antonio the anteater will be included among the Carnegie Museum of Natural History's Friday observation of International Museum Day.
An introduction to Antonio the anteater will be included among the Carnegie Museum of Natural History's Friday observation of International Museum Day.

A live animal encounter and presentations from museum researchers are among the activities planned Friday as the Carnegie Museum of Natural History participates in ICOM (International Council of Museums) International Museum Day .

Programming for all ages, reflecting the day's theme of "hyperconnected museums: new approaches, new publics," is planned on May 18, according to a news release.

Nineteen museum researchers will be posted in the galleries to answer visitors' questions from 12:15-5 p.m., free with admission. Presenters' topics will include vertebrate paleontology, botany, invertebrate zoology, minerals and gems, insects, biodiversity and climate change, dinosaurs, mammals, animal preservation, museum conservation and Egypt Hall displays.

Additionally, two programs will be presented at the museum and livestreamed on Facebook, the release states.

Museum geologist Albert Kollar and manager of architecture Alyssum Skjeie from Carnegie Museum of Art will discuss the Oakland museum complex's architecture at 12:30 p.m.

And at 1:30 p.m., Carnegie Museum of Natural History's Live Animal Encounter will debut the newest member of the living collection - a lesser tamandua (anteater) named Antonio ($2 per person).

Living Collection manager Mallory Vopal will introduce Antonio, a species native to South America, with a tongue more than 12 inches long and what is described as a "very distinctive smell."

"We are excited to join other museums around the world in celebrating new ways to connect our visitors to nature," says Eric Dorfman, the museum's Daniel G. and Carole L. Kamin director, in a release. "By offering programs in our museum as well as livestreaming these events on Facebook, we are reaching our core audience as well as new digital audiences in our local and international communities."

According to the museum, last year's International Museum Day garnered record-breaking participation with more than 36,000 museums hosting events in some 157 countries and territories.


Mary Pickels is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5401 or or via Twitter @MaryPickels.

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