The final day of the 2013 ASTC Annual Conference was Museum Open House Day, with the three host museums opening their doors to ASTC members. In addition to their regular exhibits, the host museums included a variety of activities and presentations. Explora hosted Meet and Greet sessions with different museum professionals, including volunteer and visitor services coordinators, educators, and marketing and publications staff. They also had activities related to National Chemistry Week, local scientists, and many presentations in the theater, such as a discussion of on digital media art and science.
The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS) also held numerous events, such as the presentation “The Neuroscience of Creativity” by Dr. Rex E. Jung of the University of New Mexico, tours of the geoscience and bioscience collections, and tours of the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center. NMMNHS was also host to Big Screen Day screenings of eight different films and four different planetarium demonstrations. The National Museum of Nuclear Science and History opened their doors as well, showing films throughout the day and offering Q&A sessions with the museum registrar and the museum curator.
This year’s Museum Open House Day also featured Science in the Park, during which science centers and museums from across the country gathered in Tiguex Park with demonstrations and activities for local students and the general public. The event was a tremendous success with hundreds of students enjoying a vast array of activities, such as a mini-hot air balloon demonstration, telescope viewing, and bubble stations.