The Discovery Center Wants You to Discover Treasure!

- The Don Harrington Discovery Center’s 2014 Summer traveling exhibition, Treasure!, opens to the public May 24th.  Guests will learn how to hunt for treasure and find it in some unexpected places when they visit Treasure!  An educational and entertaining exhibit, Treasure! Your Hunt Has Just Begun… explores the history of treasures and treasure hunting, the technology employed in hunting treasure, as well as the people and personalities that hunt for treasure.

Treasure! includes several thematic areas and hands-on activities that allow visitors to try tools of treasure hunting and investigate treasures. Special exhibit features include actual artifacts from shipwrecks and other treasure sites. Visitors are also invited to go on a treasure hunt in the exhibit to locate a special treasure chest.  Throughout Treasure!, visitors can experiment with metal detectors and see how they work and learn all about modern-day treasure hunting through geocaching. 

Underwater Treasure -
Sunken treasure, lost aboard ships that never arrived at their destinations, has long been the object of pursuit for treasure hunters. Actual shipwreck artifacts are featured in this area. Activities include a Remote Operated Vehicle which guests can “test drive” to explore a water-filled tank like a modern-day treasure hunter.
Buried Treasure - Pirate booty, the Knights Templar, and hoards of gold are popular themes in treasure lore and some of it really exists. Discovery Center guests will explore how people hunt for buried treasure and what they find.
Pirates - Guests will have several opportunities to pillage and plunder in this area of the exhibition. Hands-on activities include sinking a pirate ship, taking a virtual ship tour, making musical sea shanties, and learning how to tie nautical knots.
Gold Rushes - The gold rushes of the 19th century are slipping further into history, but their impact remains in many parts of North America. This part of the exhibit brings the hunt for gold to visitors with an actual gold panning activity. Biographical sketches, timelines, and maps put the gold rushes in context. Visitors are also invited to measure their weight in gold with a special scale.
Treasures in the Attic - Bringing the treasure closer to home, the attic replica shows visitors how to find treasures in everyday objects. Family heirlooms and even long-lost toys may hold hidden value. Treasure hunting is often thought of as someone else's activity, but most of us pursue our own version of treasure in one way or another. The attic invites people to consider what they treasure most.
Treasure in Popular Culture - Treasure is one of the most popular themes across cultures. Games, books, movies, and TV shows are full of treasure stories. Even breakfast cereal and license plates have been touched by our thirst for the adventure of treasure hunting. Guests will test their estimating abilities in this thematic area.
The Modern Treasure Hunt - Contemporary treasure hunting employs exciting technology, like metal detectors. In this area, visitors will consider the various ways that people find their way (maps, compasses, landmarks) and other tools of navigation, including the Global Positioning System.
Protecting Treasure - This area explores to what extremes will people go to protect treasure-or to steal it.  Visitors try their hand at safe-cracking in this area of the exhibit. 

“Thanks to the generosity of our local donors, we are pleased to bring in another fantastic traveling exhibit following the success of the LEGO Castle Adventure exhibit earlier this year and the Lost Egypt and Megalodon exhibits last fall.  The Discovery Center is delighted to have hosted more than 100,000 visitors since last October due largely to our commitment to keep the museum fresh and provide new discoveries every visit,” said Dr. Aaron Pan, Executive Director. “Along with the Little Builders traveling exhibit and recent updates to our Giant Worlds, Planetary Landscapes, and Bounce exhibits in our permanent collection, Treasure! allows us to offer a great variety of interactive activities that will appeal to learners of all ages.”

The Treasure! traveling exhibition will open to the public on Saturday, May 25 and be on display through September 7. 

Admission and Hours of Operation
Admission is free for Discovery Center members, $10 for adults, $7 for children and students ages 3 to 22, $7 for seniors ages 60+.  Children 2 and under are admitted free.  All exhibits are included in the admission price as well as a variety of shows in our unique Digistar 3 Space Theater.

The Discovery Center is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday during the school year and seven days a week from Memorial Day to Labor Day.  Summer hours of operation are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4:30 on Sunday.

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