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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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Grand Opening Celebration of MSU Museum’s Science On a Sphere Gallery

Stunning Piece of Educational Technology from NOAA Installed at Michigan State University MSU Museum will celebrate its newest long-term installation, Science On a Sphere on Saturday, January 11 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Science On a Sphere is a room-sized interactive system that uses the internet, computers, and video

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Jim Harding holding a turtle

Nature’s Ambassadors: Saluting “The Critter Guy,” Science On a Sphere, and a Newborn Black Rhino

What “gifts” do we receive from the natural world, and how do we reciprocate this daily bounty? In his January 2020 letter, MSU Museum Director Mark Auslander reflects on the retirement of James Harding, one of the longest-serving staff members in the Museum’s history. For decades, Jim has been an

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“Science On a Sphere” Ribbon Cutting Ceremony From left to right: Mark Auslander (MSU Museum Director), Diane Byrum (MSU Board of Trustees Chair), April Clobes (MSU Federal Credit Union President and CEO), Teresa Sullivan (MSU Interim Provost)

I’ll be Back: Celebrating the “Terminator” and the Winter Solstice through Science On a Sphere

In his December 2019 letter, MSU Museum Director Mark Auslander ponders the ways in which Science On a Sphere, the Museum’s newly installed technological marvel, helps illuminate the dynamics of the approaching winter solstice. As we enter the darkest period of the year, Science On a Sphere is a powerful

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Back row left to right: Dr. Barbara Lundrigan, Genin Howard, Libby Hill, Courtney Mcknown, Peter Zakaria, and Dr. Laura Smale Front row left to right: Rachel Zhang and Brooke Carrigan

Honors Research Seminar at the MSU Museum

The MSU Museum provides unique opportunities for undergraduates to obtain hands-on research experience in the biological sciences. This year, 6 students are participating in an Honors Research Seminar on the evolution of the mammalian brain, co-taught by Drs. Laura Smale (Departments of Psychology and Integrative Biology) and Barbara Lundrigan (Department of

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Science On a Sphere Group Photograph From left to right: (front row) Mark Auslander (MSU Museum), Teresa Goforth (MSU Museum), Nick VanAcker (MSU Museum), Elesha Newberry (MSU Museum), Stephanie Palagyi (MSU Museum) (middle row) Dylan Mooney (Superior Electric), Amanda Tickner (MSU Libraries), Terence O’Neil (MSU Libraries), Christine Lockwood (IPF) (back row) Keith Searight (NOAA), Ian McGinnis (NOAA), Sunny Wang (MSU Museum), Mike Secord (MSU Museum), Jason Brown (IT Services), Ian O’Brien (IPF), Denice Blair (MSU Museum), Mike McEwan (IPF), Guy Halsey (IPF) photograph by Pearl Yee Wong

Theaters in the Round: Community Voices and Citizen Science on a Sphere

In his November 2019 letter, MSU Museum director Mark Auslander reflects on varied ways in which the Museum works to nurture creative connections with public stakeholders across the arts and sciences. These partnerships allow us, together, to tell challenging and thought-provoking stories about where we have been and where we

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MSU Museum’s sexual assault exhibit receives award for impact, community engagement

Michigan State University Museum’s “Finding Our Voice: Sister Survivors Speak” exhibit was awarded the 2019 Peninsulas Prize last week for its impact and exceptional programming by the Michigan Museums Association. The award is presented each year to extraordinary programs, exhibits and individuals that made an impact during the year at

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Black Kirby artists with Julian Chambliss signing four prints that are now part of the MSU Museum’s collection. From left to right: (Left) John Jennings; (Center) Julian Chambliss, John Jennings, Stacy Robinson; (Right) Stacy Robinson

Superheroes, Remixed: “Black Kirby” and Re-housed Vertebrates at the MSU Museum

In his October 2019 letter, MSU Museum Director Mark Auslander reflects on the Museum’s new curator of history, Dr. Julian Chambliss, a specialist in black superheroes, and on the museum’s recent award of an important Federal grant, allowing for the rehousing of thousands of animal specimens in our Natural Sciences

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