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Discovering Darwin and Celebrating Science

We love science!

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 andDarwin Discovery Day discovery! MSU scientists and students take part in Darwin Discovery Day to share their expertise and love of science with the public. Activities, tours and university science collections are featured throughout the MSU Museum.

Science institutions worldwide have created special programs around Darwin’s birthday each year, which is February 12, that help promote an appreciation for the benefits of scientific knowledge acquired through human curiosity and ingenuity.

Activities include:
• Special programs in the new “Science On a Sphere” Gallery.
• Bird skeletons from MSU Museum’s Natural Science Collections including the new elephant bird cast.
• Live critters from the MSU Herpetology Club and the MSU Bug House.
• Behind the scenes tours of the natural science collection.
• Tours the Hall of Evolution and Habitat Hall.
• A Poetry challenge and more!

A favorite tradition of the day continues: visitors can bring in a rock, bone, fossil, tooth or other natural object for museum curators and faculty members to identify.

Visit the Abrams Planetarium at noon for a FREE planetarium showing of “Natural Selection,” the story of Darwin’s explorations and discoveries!

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 become available. During this time, we will do everything we can to stay engaged with you virtually. Access virtual learning and activity resources