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Dec. 11, 2006

UI Museums Present Winter Programs

The University of Iowa Old Capitol Museum and Museum of Natural History have planned several winter and holiday events in December, ranging from children's programs to special shopping times.

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History will offer special activities Dec. 16-23 for children to learn more about the winter solstice, birds and animals in winter, and the science of snow. An activity table will be set up in the Iowa Hall lobby, where visitors will find special winter-themed scavenger hunts and hands-on activities to do while in the museum, as will as take-home materials such as coloring sheets and informational handouts.

Stories about winter will be theme of the Sunday Stories program, 2 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Museum of Natural History.

From 1-3 p.m. on Dec. 19 through Dec. 22, the Old Capitol Museum's gift shop will offer free gift-wrapping as well as cider and cookies for shoppers. The gift shop features new items including Old Capitol logo t-shirts, caps, and mugs, as well as special quill pens, journals, and books. Proceeds from this holiday event will help fund the Museum's 2007-2008 educational programming.

The Museum of Natural History will be closed Dec. 24-26 for the holiday. The Museum will also be closed weekdays Jan. 2-5, 2007 and Jan. 9-12, 2007 while remaining open for regular weekend hours. The Museum will return to regular hours on Jan. 13, 2007.

The Old Capitol Museum will close Dec. 23 and will reopen Jan. 13, 2007, when regular hours will resume.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: George McCrory 319-384-0012,; Program: Sarah Horgen, Museum of Natural History, 319-335-0606 or and Elisa Ewing, Old Capitol Museum 319 335-3591 or