Thronateeska offers free admission Saturday

j.d. sumner@albanyherald.com
Earth as seen in the Wetherbee Planetarium, is pictured from space.

j.d. sumner@albanyherald.com Earth as seen in the Wetherbee Planetarium, is pictured from space.

Press release:

On Saturday September 29, 2012, Thronateeska Heritage Center & Wetherbee Planetarium will open its doors free of charge along with over 1,400 other participating venues for the eighth annual Museum Day Live! This immensely successful program, in which Thronateeska will emulate the free admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, D.C.-based facilities, encourages learning and the spread of knowledge nationwide.

Inclusive by design, Museum Day Live! fulfills Smithsonian Media’s mission to make cultural education accessible to everyone. For one day only, Thronateeska’s Wetherbee Planetarium will grant free access to visitors who download a Museum Day Live! ticket at Smithsonian.com.

Last year’s event drew over 350,000 museum-goers, and this year’s Museum Day Live! is expected to attract close to 400,000 participants.

Susan Harper stated, “As a child I visited the train depot that is now the anchor of our campus. Later, I often visited our train exhibit that was started by my father, John Hudgens. Now we have expanded our campus to highlight a Science Museum and a state of the art Planetarium. Our current exhibit in the History Museum, housed in the old depot, highlights 100 years of medical history and Phoebe Putney Hospital where I was born. As President of the Thronateeska Heritage Foundation, I speak with pride about the how we preserve and make available to all the great treasures of our community and surrounding area. Rich and deep is our history. Education is our mission. Join us on Museum Day and share some our history.”

The Museum Day Live! Ticket is available to download at Smithsonian.com/museumday. Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues for one day only. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2012 and a list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit Smithsonian.com/museumday.