On Monday, April 1, the Hutchings Museum was open for their monthly Family Night. This was the second Family Night for the museum’s new special event, open on the first Monday of each month from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. During the event, the museum is open to families and individuals to enjoy new exhibits. Exhibits include the historic newspaper display and the upcoming mining exhibit, and the long-standing favorites like the wild-west and fossil rooms.
Each month, museum volunteers will present a unique and brief 20-minute presentation at 7 p.m. for interested museum patrons. The evening’s presentation was a live animal show, presented by museum volunteers in the fossil room. Volunteers taught about a variety of animals to a packed room. Learning about snakes, chameleons, and even a Gila monster, kept the audience’s rapt attention for the entire presentation.
The evening hours made the museum more accessible to families and patrons who are unable to attend during regular daytime hours. One patron said, “I have been wanting to come to the museum with my kids, but haven’t been able to make it before because of my work hours. It’s a fun museum, we will probably make this a monthly thing.” Many families participated in the museum’s “treasure hunt,” where kids search for a variety of objects around the museum. Once each pictured object had been found, kids choose an item from the treasure box guarded by the museum host at the front desk.
Next month’s Family Night at the Hutchings Museum will be held on May 6, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for children. Yearly family passes are also available for purchase. More information about the Hutchings Museum can be found at https://johnhutchingsmuseum.org/