MSU Museum presents Darwin Discovery Day

Posted at 8:58 AM, Jan 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-23 08:58:40-05

The Michigan State University Museum presents its 13th annual Darwin Discovery Day, an afternoon of science, exploration and discovery, 1-5 p.m. Feb. 12.

MSU scientists and students will take part in Darwin Discovery Day to share their expertise and love of science with the public. The theme for this year’s event is “Endless Forms Most Beautiful...”

Activities, tours and collections inspired by the theme will take over all three floors of the MSU Museum and are free of charge:

• Earn a prize with a Kidzone passport

• Ask Charles Darwin, professor Rich Bellon, a question

• Trek behind the scenes for a vertebrate collections tour

• Tour the Hall of Evolution and Habitat Hall

• Experience plant activities from MSU’s 4-H Children’s Garden, MSU Herbarium and the Department of Forestry

• Check out the Museum Store

• Enjoy a piece of cake in honor of Darwin’s 208th birthday

The event will also feature an “Ask the Experts” session, a favorite tradition of the day when visitors are encouraged to bring in a rock, bone, fossil, tooth or other natural object for museum curators and faculty members to identify. The MSU Museum cannot provide estimates on the commercial value of any specimen or provide expertise on human-made artifacts at this program.

Science institutions worldwide have created special programs around Darwins birthday each year to help promote an appreciation of scientific knowledge acquired through human curiosity and ingenuity. Learn more at