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Traveling 'Darwin & Dinosaurs' enters last week

May 15, 2011
Lehigh Acres Citizen
This is the final week to learn about the five-year journey Charles Darwin undertook to explore and chronicle the continents, their species and develop a ground-breaking theory. That’s when the traveling exhibition, Darwin & Dinosaurs enters its last days at the Southwest Florida Museum of History where it debuted in January. It runs from May 10 - 14.

Museum guests still have the opportunity to learn about the man, his worldwide voyage, and his quest for answers that eventually lead to his theories on natural selection, adaptation and evolution. Through displays, models, his beloved journals and notebooks, the world of Darwin comes to life complemented by an Audio Tour and comprehensive Educational Guide, with a commemorative program booklet also available.

The recent celebrations of Charles Darwin's 200th birthday and the 150th anniversary of the publication, "On the Origin of Species," was the catalyst for curator Embedded Exhibitions to access one of the world's finest, historically important private Charles Darwin collections held by Angus Carroll. Adding Triebold Paleontology's fine specimens to this collection has produced an inspiring and educational exhibition that will take visitors back to the time of the H.M.S. Beagle and on that epic journey with Charles Darwin.

The Darwin & Dinosaurs exhibit brings together the story of Dinosaurs which began a quest by naturalists and geologists to understand the age of the Earth, with Darwin’s voyage aboard the H.M.S. Beagle, further illustrating the scientific process of questioning, observing and dissecting scientific data and collecting and cataloguing specimens as well as collaborating on ideas to develop theories for testing.

In order to provide a frame of reference for this influential man and his ideas, the exhibit is divided into seven sections to lead visitors through Darwin’s life and the development of Darwin’s theory, from before his early years to his epic voyage on the Beagle, through to the publication of ‘Origin of Species’ and beyond.

Nearly 200 items comprise this exhibit whose highlights include the first edition of "On the Origin of Species," London, 1859, A model of H.M.S. Beagle, built by a master model maker in Mauritius, the first ever-showing of the cast of a 25 foot-long full-size Baryonyx dinosaur and a newly unveiled painting of H.M.S. Beagle off Cape Horn, by artist David Jean.

The Museum is open Tuesdays to Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed Sundays and Mondays. Admission package, which includes exhibit Audio Tour and parking is $12.50 for adults, $11.50 for seniors (65+), and $8 for students. Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more with advance reservation.

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