Michigan State University Science Festival April 1 - 30, 2021

MSU Science Festival • April 1 – 30, 2021

MSU’s Science Festival is returning for its ninth year to bring a free, virtual celebration for all science lovers. Throughout April, MSU will host over 200 digital presentations for all ages about topics ranging from music to neuroscience. This extravaganza emphasizes the ways science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, or

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Exhibit entrance for "Beyond the Black Panther: Visions of Afrofuturism in American Comics"

“Beyond the Black Panther: Visions of Afrofuturism in American Comics”

Celebrate Black History Month with a new exhibit from the Michigan State University Museum, Beyond the Black Panther: Visions of Afrofuturism in American Comics. Curated by Julian Chambliss, Professor of English and Val Berryman Curator of History at the MSU Museum, the virtual exhibit is now available on the MSU

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Marsha MacDowell

MSU Museum Curator MacDowell Honored by American Folklore Society

The American Folklore Society (AFS), the country’s professional society for folklorists, has announced that Professor Marsha MacDowell of Michigan State University is the 2020 recipient of the Society’s Benjamin A. Botkin Prize for significant lifetime achievement in the field of public folklore. MacDowell is the Curator of Folk Arts and

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Cartoon drawing of Charles Darwin in front of a video conference call on computer screen

Discovering Darwin, Celebrating Science

The Michigan State University Museum presents its 17th annual (1st virtual!) Darwin Discovery Day on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., an exploration of science and discovery. Researchers and graduate students from all across MSU are taking part in Darwin Discovery Day to help share their research

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NASA Grant Blue Print

MSU Museum Included in NASA Grant Awarded to Michigan State University

The Abrams Planetarium, Michigan State University’s School of Journalism, and the MSU Museum have been selected to receive a NASA TEAM II Remote Opportunities Rapid Response grant. The project, “World Building on Mars,” will engage middle school students in urban planning and designing communities for living on Mars. Denice Blair,

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Virtual Colossal Fossil Fun!

SIGN UP FOR MSU FEDERAL CREDIT UNION VIRTUAL DINOSAUR DASH, OCT. 4 – 10 The Michigan State University Museum will host the first-ever Virtual MSU Federal Credit Union Dinosaur Dash from Sunday, Oct. 4 – Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. The MSU Museum is home to the area’s only full-mounted dinosaur

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Exhibit photographs from the exhibit "Finding Our Voice: Sister Survivors Speak"

MSU Museum Receives American Alliance of Museums Excellence in Exhibition Award

Michigan State University Museum’s exhibit “Finding Our Voice: Sister Survivors Speak” was chosen by the American Alliance of Museums to receive a special achievement award for community empowerment. The exhibit, co-curated by sister survivors and their allies, opened on April 16, 2019. It was inspired by hundreds of teal ribbons tied

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Image of the exterior of the MSU Museum

MSU Museum Closed

As MSU continues to evaluate the safety of our campus and community in response to COVID-19, we have made the decision to close the MSU Museum. Due to the rapidly changing nature of the situation, we have not determined a reopening date. We will continue to communicate updates as they

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Darwin Discovery Day

Discovering Darwin and Celebrating Science

We love science! MSU MUSEUM CELEBRATES CHARLES DARWIN’S BIRTHDAY WITH SCIENCE PROGRAM ON FEB. 8 The Michigan State University Museum presents its 16th annual Darwin Discovery Day on Saturday, February 8, 2020, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., a day of science, exploration and discovery! MSU scientists and students take part

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Front right: Francis “Frank" Denecker Brooks (grandson of William and Sarah Brooks) and his wife Sarah Ann Brooks. Rear left: Lillian Brooks (daughter of Frank Brooks) Rear right: Bessie Brooks (daughter of Frank Brooks). Middle woman unidentified. Courtesy of Bettye Howe Saunders

Traveling Together: Slavery, Landscape, and Historical Imagination

In his February 2020 letter, MSU Museum Director Mark Auslander shares reflections on landscape and memory, emerging out of his historical research on enslaved and free families of color in Washington, D.C. before the Civil War. Recently, he has been able to connect with the living descendants of one of

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