Hubble Space Telescope Exhibition Highlights “A Summer of Space”

Camp Space Hunt and Space Maze Join Russian Odyssey For
Summer of Fun for Entire Family

Hubble Space Telescope: New Views of the Universe will be on display July 10 through September 19, 2004. Hubble Space Telescope is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Services and the Space Telescope Science Institute. “We are thrilled to have Hubble Space Telescope highlight our summer schedule,” said Kathy Oathout, FIM Executive Director. “Camp Space Hunt and Space Maze will make a Summer of Space fun and exciting for the whole family.”

Hubble Space Telescope: New Views of the Universe employs videos and numerous interactive components to take the visitor on a tour of the universe. At the exhibition entrance a tunnel of Hubble images leads to staggering visuals illustrating the age and size of the universe together with a scale Hubble model, planet montage, dramatic films and photographs of the galaxies and black holes. With operational hands-on scientific discovery stations, atmospheric interactive displays, and a Hubble educational truck that focuses on the solar system and the exploration of star clusters and atmosphere, this exhibition will wow visitors of all ages.

Additionally, FIM offers Space Hunt from May 6 through August 8, 2004. A children’s program, Space Hunt is a 2,000 square foot maze together with interactive “stations” and attractive informational material on space presented in a manner guaranteed to arouse children’s curiosity and satisfy and entertain their young minds. Traveling through this “space” maze, children of all ages will begin their journey on a quest to explore the pathways of the universe. Visitors will also be transported to a far away galaxy for a special star-lit movie adventure.

Florida International Museum also offers a Camp Space Hunt field trip for $5 per child from May 24 through July 30, 2004. At Camp Space campers experience the maze and visit the “Space Station” of their choice for an arts & crafts experience that is out of this world! For more information on Camp Space, call Eileen to reserve your field trip dates now at 727-822-3693, extension 295.

Another part of the exciting Summer Schedule at FIM is Fans Glorious Fans, a collection from the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. The star of this elegant and beautiful show of eighty 18th, 19th, and 20th century fans is an ostrich plume fan with a gilded sterling handle, one of only three in this country, created to commemorate the wedding of Lady Diana Spencer to Charles, Prince of Wales. The Ringling fan collection was formed by the legendary Elsa Zelley over a 50 year period and is recognized in the museum world as being one of America’s finest. The fans were donated to the Ringling Museum of Art in 1988. Delicate, exotic and beautiful, made f ivory, hand painted silk and lace, the fans bring to life the social history and sophistication of the past. Fans from the collection of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art have been made possible by the generous support and collaboration of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.

These remarkable new exhibits are in addition to the Russian Odyssey: Riches of the State Russian Museum which has been extended through July 11. Russian Odyssey: Riches of the State Russian Museum features more than 300 items, ranging from artwork, paintings, porcelain, icons, furniture and jewelry. The exhibit spans many themes including religious culture, the life of the Czars, a comparison of the life of noblemen and peasants, and other cultural elements, such as the ballet.

With the extension of the Russian Odyssey, FIM will continue with the highly popular Gallery Talk series with Curator Cynthia Duval on Tuesdays through July 6. The Gallery Talks are open to the public with exhibit admission and begin promptly at 2:00 pm. Patrons will get a 30 minute walk-through of the exhibit. After the Gallery Talks, patrons will be able to tour the exhibit at their leisure.

Russian Odyssey is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services by an Act of Congress.