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

August 30, 2012

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

BOSTON- This September, Salem residents will have the opportunity to transport themselves to the remote and beautiful Arctic, experience a rock-and-roll journey through space and time, stand before one of the world's most complete Triceratops fossils, 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, four Planetarium shows, and three giant-screen films in the Mugar Omni Theater. This is the fourth 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 fourth 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, and this year, for the first time, explore the universe in our newly transformed Charles Hayden Planetarium."

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 15 and will be led by Salem Mayor Kimberley Driscoll and family. The second train ride, led by State Representative John Keenan and family, will be held on Saturday, September 22. 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 fourth year of the remarkably successful and unique program, September Salem Days. 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," said Trustee Dr. Nile Albright. "I am especially thrilled that this year, Salem residents will have free admission to the Charles Hayden Planetarium, in addition to all exhibits and the Mugar Omni Theater. We are pleased again to offer two free train rides to Salem residents on Saturday, September 15 and 22. 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 and the Norman H. Read Trust for funding this initiative that benefits all of Salem's residents," said Salem Mayor Kimberley Driscoll. "This is a wonderful opportunity for parents to experience a fun day of learning with their children."

"The Norman H. Read Trust September Salem Days program is an amazing gift to all of our residents," said State Representative John Keenan. "I am looking forward to leading the September 22 train ride into Boston with my family. We are especially excited that we will be able to go to the Planetarium for free this September."

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, Planetarium, and Omni Theater passes for all Salem families, individuals, and children. Passes have been mailed to each Salem household. Passes will admit up to four individuals. 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. Charles Hayden Planetarium and 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. The Museum of Science will be closed on Tuesday, September 4. The Charles Hayden Planetarium will be closed September 10 through September 14.

Throughout the month of September, the Charles Hayden Planetarium will show Ghosts of Jupiter: Music Experience, Undiscovered Worlds: The Search Beyond Our Sun, Explore the Universe: Live!, Dynamic Earth. The Mugar Omni Theater will show To The Arctic, Born to be Wild, and Dolphins. Exhibit Halls highlights include Colossal Fossil: Cliff T. Tops, 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:

One of the world's largest science centers and Boston's most attended cultural institution, the Museum introduces about 1.5 million visitors a year to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) via dynamic programs and hundreds of 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®'s engineering curricula have reached 35,500 teachers and close to 3 million students nationwide. The Museum has also: been recognized by Boston and Cambridge for its energy and sustainability efforts; named an Employer of Choice by Work Without Limits, a Massachusetts disability employment initiative; is Yankee Magazine's "Best of New England Readers' Choice" for Cultural Attraction in Science; and is El Planeta's Best Tourist Attraction for the Massachusetts Latino population. Visit and follow the Museum on social media at and @museumofscience on Twitter.

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