Science Center, museum to host open house

Hanover College's Science Center and natural history museum will host an open house, Saturday, March 29. The facility will be open, free of charge, from 10 a.m - 3 p.m.

Select classrooms and laboratories will be open for viewing. Interactive demonstrations, featuring Hanover faculty and students, will highlight the event.

The College’s natural history museum contains a wide range of objects throughout the facility. Displays include a massive prehistoric titanothere skull, wooly mammoth tusks and dinosaur eggs, as well as bird, tortoise and bison fossils.

A large collection of minerals and stones, coral specimens and shells from the world’s beaches, as well as Native American arrowheads, spear points and tools, line the hallways. Mounted mammals, reptiles and birds, and even an extensive butterfly collection, are also featured.

A demonstration of the College’s human simulator will be held at 10:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. “Don’t Hate Us Because We’re Slimy,” an introduction to amphibians from southeast Indiana, will take place at 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

The open house will also include an introduction to botany at noon and an exploration of chemical synthesis at 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. A session on body composition determination, using the BodPod, will be held at 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

A free, fact-filled brochure will bring the museum to life for self-guided tours.

Guided tours are available for area schools, groups and organizations. Contact Stan Totten at totten@hanover.edu or Celeste Sutter at sutterc@hanover.edu to arrange a tour.

Community Open House Program Schedule

  • 10:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.: Human Simulator Demonstration - Micah Whitted
  • 11:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.: Don’t hate us because we’re slimy!?  An introduction to amphibians from Southeast Indiana - Brian Gall & students
  • Noon: Intro to Botany - Darrin Rubino
  • 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.: Chemical Synthesis: Tricks of the Trade - Angus Lamar
  • 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.: Body Composition Determination Using the BodPod - Bill Tereshko & students