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Dec. 10, 2007

Pentacrest Museums will offer winter holiday activities

The University of Iowa Pentacrest Museums will feature special hands-on activity tables and gift shop events for kids of all ages to enjoy during the holiday period.

A Victorian Holidays activity table will be on display from Thursday, Dec. 13. through Sunday, Dec. 30, at the Old Capitol Museum. This display will feature crafts full of fun ideas and projects that were popular during the era. Visitors will be invited to make special decorations and greeting cards, and to collect holiday recipes to try at home.

The Museum of Natural History will feature a Winter Solstice activity table in Iowa Hall, first floor of McBride Hall, from Tuesday, Dec 11, through Sunday, Dec. 30. Visitors will learn about animals in the winter and the science of snow, explore birds and mammals from around the world, and will be able to make special crafts to take home.

The Old Capitol Museum gift shop will offer free gift wrapping Tuesday, Dec. 11, through Sunday, Dec. 23. A special event, "Winter Land Breakfast at Old Capitol," will take place 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 15. Donuts, hot cider and free gift wrapping will be available.

The Old Capitol Museum and the Museum of Natural History, will be closed for the holidays on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 24 and 25, and Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. During the first three weeks in January the museums will be closed weekdays and open for weekend hours, 10 a.m. to  p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays.

The Pentacrest Museums will return to their regular hours on Tuesday, Jan. 22: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

All events are free and open to the public. Proceeds from the Pentacrest Museums gift shops help support educational programs.

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Sarah Horgen, Museum of Natural History, 319-335-0606; Kathrine Moermond, Old Capitol Museum, 319-335-0548; George McCrory, University News Services 319-384-0012,; Writer: Britanny Piehl