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BYU museum to hold Amazing Race and train junior curators

  • Museum of Peoples and Cultures with Smithsonian Museums Day Live!
  • Saturday, Sept. 27, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Amazing Race event for college-aged young adults ($10 per team)
  • Junior Curators event for children and families (free)

Here’s your chance to go behind the scenes and be a museum curator for a day. BYU’s Museum of Peoples and Cultures is hosting two exciting events on Saturday, Sept. 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., for students, children and families.
College students and young adults will enjoy competing in the Museum’s second annual Amazing Race: Campus Edition. At the same time, children are invited to join us with their families at the museum as Junior Curators.

The Amazing Race and Junior Curator programs are being held in conjunction with the Smithsonian’s nation-wide Museum Day Live! celebration, an annual event that offers free admission to participating museums across the country.

“Last year’s event was successful and exciting, and we wanted to build on that by more directly tying in to the Museum Day Live! goal of promoting museums nationwide,” said Shaina Robbins, event coordinator at the Museum. “We wanted to increase awareness about our museum and its collections specifically, as well as museum careers generally.”

Amazing Race: Campus Edition

For the Amazing Race: Campus Edition, teams of college students will sprint to the Museum’s many exhibits across BYU campus, competing in challenges. This year’s race will feature new locations and challenges with prizes for the fastest teams.

College-aged young adults can participate in the race by signing up in teams of four to seven at the Museum (located at 100 E 700 N in Provo) from Sept. 17-25, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Tuesday and Thursday until 7 p.m. A registration fee of $10 per team will be required.

Junior Curators

Kids can participate in the Museum’s first Junior Curator program for children, ages 5-11, and their families. The kids will have fun digging for artifacts, creating a beaded bracelet and making a replica of a Native American wallet. Throughout the event, kids will get to act as curators as they complete an activity booklet, experience the museum’s exhibits, give mini tours to friends and parents and design their very own take-home display for their artifacts. The Junior Curators event is free and no registration is necessary.

BYU’s Museum of Peoples and Cultures is the University’s museum of archaeology and ethnology. An integral part of the Museum’s work is to provide professional museum experience for BYU students. Current exhibits include “Nuchu: Voices of the Ute People” and “Monuments of Faith: Provo’s First Tabernacle.” The Museum is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For more information contact:
Shaina Robbins
Museum Day Live! Event Coordinator
(406) 839-4739
shainarobbins@gmail.com

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