Museum of Science Welcomes Witch City Residents for Third Annual September Salem Days

August 30, 2011

Salem Residents to Receive Free Exhibit Halls and Omni Theater Passes Thanks to the Norman H. Read Trust

BOSTON-- This September, Salem residents will have the opportunity to stand before one of the world's most complete Triceratops fossils, see brilliant flashes of indoor lightning, surround themselves with the Mugar Omni Theater dome screen, and much more, all free of charge, when the Museum of Science hosts September Salem Days. This program, generously funded by the Norman H. Read Trust, will allow Salem residents to explore more than 700 exhibits and five giant-screen films in the Mugar Omni Theater. This is the third year that the Norman H. Read Trust is providing this exclusive opportunity for Salem residents.

"We are thrilled to welcome Salem visitors free of charge this September for the third consecutive year, thanks to the generosity of the Norman H. Read Trust," said Joan Hadly, the Museum's senior vice president of advancement. "September Salem Days offers Salem residents an opportunity to embark on an exciting science adventure through our interactive exhibits, live presentations, and Omni films."

The Norman H. Read Trust will also subsidize two free MBTA train rides to and from North Station. The first train ride will take place on Saturday, September 10 and will be led by State Representative John Keenan and his family. The second train ride, led by Salem Mayor Kimberley Driscoll and family, will be held on Saturday, September 17. Both train rides will depart from Salem and the offer is only valid for the 10:38 a.m. North Station bound trains on each day. Museum of Science staff and volunteers will accompany passengers on both train rides to provide interpretive and hands-on science activities during the rides. Museum of Science volunteers will guide train riders from North Station to the Museum of Science.

"As a Trustee of the Norman H. Read Trust, I am thrilled to be part of this, the third year of the remarkably successful and unique program, September Salem Days" said Trustee Dr. Nile Albright. "Designed for all residents of Salem, this Program in partnership with the Museum of Science, allows for those students and families of Salem to enjoy free admissions to the Museum for the entire month of September. This includes all exhibits, the Mugar Omni Theater and is available to all ages as many times as they wish. We are pleased again to offer two free train rides to Salem residents on Saturday 10th and 17th of September. The Read Trust is an innovative supporter of science education city wide also with Science Discovery Centers in all the city schools and Salem High School. The donor, Norman H. Read, who loved science, would be pleased to know the entire community of Salem is benefiting from this Program. This Program offers unparalleled opportunity for our community."

"I would like to thank Dr. Nile Albright, trustee of the Norman H. Read Trust, for this generous gift to the citizens of Salem. I am excited to lead the September 17th train ride into Boston with my family," said Salem Mayor Kimberley Driscoll. "This program is a wonderful way to get our students excited about science at the beginning of the school year, and it gives parents and children an opportunity to have fun and learn together as a family."

"The Norman H. Read Trust has promoted science education in our school system for many years, and I praise Dr. Albright for funding a program that benefits all of Salem's residents," said State Representative John Keenan. "My children and I enjoyed our trip to the museum last year and are eager to lead the September 10th train ride this year."

Norman H. Read was a close friend and colleague of Museum founder Bradford Washburn. It was Dr. Albright who joined Read and Washburn for an expedition to the summit of Mount McKinley in 1955 to research who made the first successful assent of the 20,300-foot mountain in 1907.

September Salem Days Program Information

The program includes free Exhibit Halls and Omni Theater passes for all Salem families, individuals, and children. Passes have been mailed to each Salem household. To obtain additional passes, residents can visit one of three distribution centers, which include Salem City Hall, Salem Public Library, and the Salem Parks and Recreation Department. Passes will also be distributed in classrooms at the Salem public schools. Exhibit Hall passes can be presented at the Museum entrance with a valid Massachusetts driver's license or identification card indicating Salem residence. Mugar Omni Theater passes must be exchanged for a timed ticket with valid identification. Salem residents must obtain passes in the mail or from a distribution center prior to arriving at the Museum.

Throughout the month of September, the Mugar Omni Theater will show Tornado Alley, Rescue: Disaster Response, Coral Reef Adventure, Adrenaline Rush: The Science of Risk, and Dinosaurs Alive!. Exhibit Halls highlights include What I Eat: Around the World in 25 Diets, Colossal Fossil: Cliff T. Tops, Thompson Theater of Electricity, Gordon Current Science & Technology Center presentations, design challenges, and much more. For more information the public can call 617-723-2500 or visit

About the Museum of Science:

The Museum takes a hands-on approach to science, engineering and technology, attracting about 1.5 million visitors a year via its programs and 700 interactive exhibits. Founded in 1830, the Museum was first to embrace all the sciences under one roof. Highlights include the Thomson Theater of Electricity, Charles Hayden Planetarium, Mugar Omni Theater, Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, 3-D Digital Cinema and Butterfly Garden. Reaching 25,000 teens a year worldwide via the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network, the Museum also leads a 10-year, $41 million National Science Foundation-funded Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network of science museums. The Museum's "Science Is an Activity" exhibit plan has been awarded many NSF grants and influenced science centers worldwide. Its National Center for Technological Literacy® aims to enhance knowledge of engineering and technology for people of all ages and inspire the next generation of engineers, inventors, and scientists. Visit Follow the Museum on Twitter at @museumofscience, and become a fan of the Museum on Facebook at