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30-Foot Tall “Styrobot” Invades The Discovery’s Lobby

Reclaimed Styrofoam robot invites visitors to create a ‘bot of their own for a chance to win prizes -

The_Discovery-Styrobot_Challenge2A 30-foot tall robot made of reclaimed Styrofoam was recently constructed in the lobby at the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum (The Discovery). The robot, called a “Styrobot,” invites visitors of all ages to participate in the museum’s Styrobot Challenge.

Using solely reclaimed Styrofoam packing material and glue, participants can create their own Styrobot of any shape or size in this fun, at home challenge. Entries will be judged on five criteria: creativity, personality, originality, function and stability. Entries must be delivered to The Discovery by 5:00pm on Sunday, December 15, 2013. In addition to first, second and third place prizes, there will also be a people’s choice award (first place winner receives a one-year Family Fun membership (or renewal) to The Discovery—see website for a list of other prizes).

All entries in the Styrobot Challenge will be on display at The Discovery from December 21, 2013 to January 11, 2014.

For rules, judging criteria, entry forms and more information about the Styrobot Challenge and other activities at The Discovery, visit the museum’s website at www.nvdm.org.

Science is Always in Style… It’s Fashion Month at The Discovery!

Visitors offered the opportunity to explore the science behind the fashion industry

Beginning Saturday, Sept. 7, and continuing through Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum (The Discovery), sponsored by The Summit, celebrates “Fashion Month” with a variety of displays and hands-on classes exploring the art and science behind the fashion industry. Fashion Month begins with a kick-off party at The Summit  Saturday, Sept. 7 from 1 to 3 p.m.

The Discovery-Building FrontThe Discovery’s Fashion Month celebration includes hands-on classes and activities that range from bracelets made from the latest fingernail painting techniques to handbags and headbands created using recycled T-shirts. Fashion Month culminates with a Fashion Show & Party on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Discovery.

Another element of Fashion Month are two design challenges. Participants can choose to design a stylish and functional backpack or a mind-blowing fashion statement using solely reclaimed or upcycled materials. Design challenge entries will be showcased at the Fashion Show & Party alongside unique fashions from local merchants. Details for both design challenges are available on The Discovery’s website at www.nvdm.org.

The Discovery is located at 490 S. Center Street in downtown Reno. Events at The Summit will be held in the Personal Shopper Lounge between Yankee Candle and My Wedding Library at 13925 South Virginia Street.

For more information about Fashion Month and other upcoming activities and events at The Discovery, visit the calendar of events on the museum’s website at www.nvdm.org

Creepy crawly visitors this week at The Discovery

The Discovery celebrates Bug Week, July 22-28

The_Discovery-Bug_WeekBeginning Monday, July 22, and continuing through Sunday, July 28, 2013, visitors to the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum (The Discovery) can get hands-on with bugs and butterflies and develop a love of the natural world.

In partnership with Nevada Bugs & Butterflies, The Discovery is hosting an insect petting zoo that includes native and non-native insect species including beetles, butterflies, caterpillars, composting worms, cockroaches and more. Microscopes will be available for visitors who want to get an even closer look at the specimens. All week long there will be bug-themed art projects in Art Alcove and visitors will have the opportunity to create a B.C.U. (Bug Containment Unit) in Spark!Lab Smithsonian. Additionally, visitors can watch as live cockroaches create modern art right before their eyes.

“Bug Week is certain to be a hit with visitors of all ages,” said Patrick Turner, marketing manager. “Bugs and butterflies create a huge amount of curiosity and are a great way to take learning that starts here at The Discovery out into the world around us.”

Upon completion of a bug scavenger hunt in the museum, visitors can enter to win one of five finished cockroach paintings.

For more information about Bug Week and other upcoming summer activities at The Discovery, visit the calendar of events on the museum’s website at www.nvdm.org.

The Discovery extends hours for the summer season

Longer hours create additional opportunities at The Discovery

The Discovery-Building FrontBeginning Memorial Day, Monday, May 27th and continuing through Labor Day, Monday, September 2nd, the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum (The Discovery) will add Monday to the days the museum is open to the public. New hours are Monday and Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5:00 p.m.

“We’re anticipating a busy, fun-filled summer season and have planned accordingly,” said Patrick Turner, marketing manager. “Being open on Mondays will provide a much needed additional day for members, locals and tourists to explore the museum, learn and have fun.”

In additional to the extended hours, The Discovery is offering six weeks of summer camps for children entering 1st through 7th grade. Topics range from art to engineering to zombie invasion survival. More information and registration is available on The Discovery’s website.

The Discovery to host adults-only “Social Science” event on June 1st

June 1, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

A 21 and over event featuring libations from local brewers and bars and fare from local food truck favorites. Eateries include Gourmelt, Burger Me, Lazy Sundae and Traffic Jam with beer and wine provided by Craft, Great Basin Brewing Co. and Silver Peak Brewery. Inside the museum, guests get to be kids again by participating in exciting science demos, clever art projects and open museum exploration. Tickets can be purchased online at www.nvdm.org or at the museum’s admission desk during museum hours. The ticket price includes admission to museum, a commemorative cup, two drinks and participation in the art activities and science demos.

Upromise “5.29 Day” at The Discovery

May 29, 10:00am – 8:00pm

The Discovery invites families to celebrate education and the future of our children for “5.29 Day,” sponsored by the SSgA Upromise 529 Plan. Children age 17 and under get free admission to the museum and can enjoy a day full of special events meant to inspire. Adult admission is $8 until 4:00pm and $4.00 after 4:00pm.

For more information about summer activities at The Discovery, visit the calendar of events on the museum’s website at www.nvdm.org.

The Discovery unveils new movie making exhibits in Da Vinci’s Corner gallery

The Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum (The Discovery) recently added several new exhibits focused on early motion picture techniques in its Da Vinci’s Corner gallery. The additions include a tabletop praxinoscope and zoetrope and a large, free-standing zoetrope that measures more than six feet in diameter. A humorous animated introduction to the inventors of these animation devices is also featured as part of these new exhibits.

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“The Da_Vincis_Corner-Zoetrope2Discovery’s Da Vinci’s Corner gallery focuses on the intersection of art and science,” said Will Durham, exhibits manager. “One of Da Vinci’s early works was the projector, or “magic lantern,” so these early movie making devices feel right at home amongst the other exhibits in this hands-on gallery.”

All of the new exhibits in this unveiling were designed and built on-site in the museum’s workshop by museum staff and volunteers. Exhibits designed and built in-house are just one of the ways The Discovery keeps each visit to the museum engaging and new.

For more information about Da Vinci’s Corner and other galleries at the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum, visit www.nvdm.org.

Exhibits to Visit: October

A monthly roundup of museum events, exhibits and deals you won’t want to pass by!

LIBERTY FINE ART GALLERY

Grand Opening, October 4

Liberty Fine Arts is a consortium of over a dozen Reno local mixed media artists, whose gallery space is adjacent to the Nevada Museum of Art.  Their grand opening celebration is Oct. 4th.

NEVADA MUSEUM OF ART

For Your Eyes Only

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September 29 – October 20

For Your Eyes Only is an exhibition of artist’s books that explores the structural possibilities of the book, and includes works by artists and printers Julie Chen, Tim Ely, Peter Koch, Eunkang Koh, Patti Scobey, Barbara Tetenbaum, and more.

The Light Circus – Art of Nevada Neon Signs

October 13 – February 10, 2013

Celebrate a bygone era during this exhilarating presentation of vintage neon signs that once graced some of Nevada’s most iconic restaurants, casinos, hotels, and business establishments. From flashing incandescent bulbs to candy-colored neon tubes, the nostalgic pieces featured in The Light Circus: Art of Nevada Neon Signs have not been seen publicly since they illuminated street side locales decades ago.

THE DISCOVERY

Worldwide Day of Play

October 6

Celebrate Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play by getting out and getting active. To help, The Discovery is offering two children’s yoga classes… one for kids age 4-7 and one for kids age 8-12. Classes start with singing and then connect movements to nature, starting a brand new generation of yogis!

Children’s Day at The Discovery

FREE admission, FREE face painting, and FREE Italian Ice for all children 17 and under on Wednesday, Spet. 26.

Celebrate National Children’s Day with The Discovery! The museum has invited a number of child-centric community agencies and organizations to providing hands-on activities such as:

  • childrensday_facepaintingKNPB will provide a visit from Bob the Builder.
  • The Nevada Museum of Art is hosting a “Monster Box” making workshop.
  • The Fleischmann Planetarium will offer activities related to comets and the solar system.
  • The National Automobile Museum will display the museum’s antique fire truck.
  • High Desert Fencing Alliance will offer fencing demonstrations and classes.
  • Live music by members of the Reno Philharmonic Youth Symphony Orchestra.

childrensday_firetruckAdmission for adults is $8.00 per person from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. After 4:00 pm, adult admission is just $4.00. The museum is open from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Participating organizations include: The Children’s Cabinet, Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows,Nevada Museum of Art, Fleischmann Planetarium & Science Center, KNPB, Reno Philharmonic, Sierra Nevada Journeys, Washoe County Library System and HighDesert Fencing Alliance.

For more information about Children’s Day and other activities at The Discovery, visit the calendar of events on the museum’s website at www.nvdm.org.

Exhibits to Visit: September

A monthly roundup of museum events, exhibits and deals you won’t want to pass by!

The Discovery

IMG_2344Happy 1st Birthday, The Discovery!

September 6 – 9, 2012

The celebration will include birthday themed art projects, science demonstrations, a discounted admission day, exhibitions of Denny Daniel’s “Museum of Interesting Things,” a performance by Whitney Myer and more. For a complete calendar of events, click here.

The Museum of Interesting Things is a traveling interactive demonstration/exhibition of antiques and inventions. The museum inspires creativity and innovation in adults and children by providing a hands-on introduction to inventions that have shaped modern society.     

DSC_0023 International Bowling Museum & Hall of Fame

Funded by the City of Reno Arts & Culture Commission, Reno artist Eileen Gay created the 700-pound sculpture, Pin Setting, in less than four months. Gay worked seven days a week for the last two months of the project, constructing the eight-foot pin, perfecting the bowling ball which is five-feet in diameter and covering approximately 120-sqaure-feet of space with detailed mosaic. Pin Setting puts the final permanent touch on Reno’s International Bowling Museum & Hall of Fame.

Nevada Museum of Art

Tim Hawkinson

Totem: Internationally-acclaimed artist Tim Hawkinson is known for his complex sculptures. Made from bronze, this single sculpture Totem evokes the forms of discarded plastic bottles or jugs, inviting conversations about water, land, and the challenges Native American cultures have faced related to these natural resources.

Click here for more featured exhibits inside the Nevada Museum of Art.

Happy 1st Birthday, The Discovery!

Four-day celebration with art projects, science demos, musical performances, discounted admission & more

IMG_2322Come celebrate the birthday party of the summer. Thursday, September 6 through Sunday, September 9, the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum (The Discovery) will celebrate the museum’s first birthday. The celebration will include birthday themed art projects, science demonstrations, a discounted admission day, exhibitions of Denny Daniel’s “Museum of Interesting Things,” a performance by Whitney Myer and more.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Create a birthday card or button – During museum hours
Visit Art Alcove to create a birthday card for The Discovery. Cards will be displayed throughout the museum during the birthday celebration.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Create a birthday card or button in Art Alcove – During museum hours
Use a variety of art materials to create a birthday card for The Discovery.Cards will be displayed throughout the museum during the birthday celebration.

Denny Daniel’s Museum of Interesting Things – 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm
Don’t miss this interactive demonstration of antiques and inventions that are certain to inspire creativity and inspiration.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Museum hours extended, $5 admission all day – 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Take advantage of a longer day to learn and play for just $5 admission per person. Children age 1 and under are free. Members are always free.

Member receive double discount in the Museum Store – During museum hours
Members can double their discount to 30 percent on the Museum Store’s huge selection of educational toys, games books and more. Become a member and immediately take advantage of this discount.

Create your own party hat in Art AlcoveDuring museum hours
Use a variety of art supplies to create your very own party hat to wear during the museum’s birthday festivities.

Create a mini piñata in Art BurstDuring museum hours
Create your very own miniature version of this popular birthday tradition in this open studio.

Visiting scientist: Dave Boland from the Reno Herpetological Society10:00 am
Dave Boland, vice president of the Reno Herpetological Society, will visit The Discovery along with his snakes, lizards and other scaly friends.

Performance by Reiko Shimbo’s Reno Taiko Tsurunokai – 1:00 pm
Enjoy a heart pounding performance from Reiko Shimbo’s Reno Taiko Tsurunokai.

Denny Daniel’s Museum of Interesting Things – 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm
Don’t miss this interactive demonstration of antiques and inventions that are certain to inspire creativity and inspiration.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Member receive double discount in the Museum Store – During museum hours
Members can double their discount to 30 percent on the Museum Store’s huge selection of educational toys, games books and more. Become a member and immediately take advantage of the double discount.

Create your own party hat in Art AlcoveDuring museum hours
Use a variety of art supplies to create your very own party hat to wear during the museum’s birthday festivities.

Performance by the Whitney Myer Band12:00 pm
Join former contestant on “The Voice” and Reno’s favorite family band for a special performance on the plaza in front of the museum.

Decorate a birthday cupcakeNoon to 3:00 pm (While supplies last)
Decorate a tasty birthday treat in honor of The Discovery’s birthday and then enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Denny Daniel’s Museum of Interesting Things – 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm

Don’t miss this interactive demonstration of antiques and inventions that are certain to inspire creativity and inspiration.

Exhibits to Visit: August

A monthly roundup of museum events, exhibits and deals you won’t want to pass by!

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August 18, 6 – 9pm

Social Science:

A 21 and over event fare from local food trucks and libations from local brewers and bars; including, Dish Truck, Full Belly Deli, Mamasake, Red Truck, Lazy Sundae and Island Ice with drinks provided by Craft, Great Basin Brewing Co. and St. James Infirmary. Be a kid and enjoy science demos, art projects, and open museum exploration!

Tickets for Social Science are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at www.nvdm.org or at the museum’s admission desk during normal museum hours. The ticket price includes admission to museum, a commemorative cup, two drinks and participation in the art activities and science demos.

Don’t forget, the museum is just $4 after 4pm on Wednesdays!

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Andrew Rogers Contemporary Geoglyphs

Australian sculptor and photographer Andrew Rogers began making large-scale geoglyphs in 1999 to create meditative spaces on each continent of the globe. Geoglyphs are large-scale designs made on the ground by either removing materials such as surface soils, gravel, and small rocks, or by rearranging preexisting stones and natural materials.

Museum Store Yard Sale

August 1 – 12

Look for up to 40% off on selected items from the store covering a wide range and variety of products. Admission to the Sale is free.

PREMIERE LECTURE Photographer Richard Ross on Juvenile-In-Justice

Thursday, August 23 / 6 pm

Photographer Richard Ross presents his work in Juvenile-In-Justice, relating the stories and interviews of juvenile offenders that he has collected over the past five years.

Tickets: $20/$15 Museum members

This premiere lecture is sponsored exclusively by RBC Wealth Management.