NU State Museum offers free Thursday night admission in July

Released on 06/22/2009, at 2:00 AM
Office of University Communications
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

WHEN: Thursday, Jul. 2, 2009, through Jul. 30, 2009

WHERE: University of Nebraska State Museum, Morrill Hall, south of 14th and Vine Streets

Lincoln, Neb., June 22nd, 2009 —

The University of Nebraska State Museum will offer free admission to Morrill Hall Thursday nights in July. The museum will be open free of charge 4:30 to 8 p.m. July 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30.

In addition, Mueller Planetarium, located inside the museum, will feature a limited run of the fulldome shows, "Secret of the Cardboard Rocket" and "Dark Side of the Moon: The Fulldome Experience," Thursday evenings in July. Tickets to planetarium shows can be purchased at the front desk of the museum.

"Secret of the Cardboard Rocket" will be shown at 5:30 p.m.. Kids and families will enjoy this 3-D animated show about a magical cardboard rocket as it leads two children on a journey through the solar system. (35 min. running time.)

"Dark Side of the Moon: The Fulldome Experience" will be shown at 7 p.m. This is not a laser show as audiences have seen in the past, but the next generation of computer-developed graphics. Audiences will experience Pink Floyd's popular rock album "Dark Side of the Moon" as it is presented with immersive fulldome digital technology, Dolby 5.1 surround sound and interpreted with both abstract and concrete imagery. This show is not intended for young children due to mature language content (43 min. running time).

After July, Morrill Hall will continue to be open until 8 p.m. Thursdays, but beginning Aug. 6, regular admission will be charged.

The NU State Museum of Natural History in Morrill Hall, south of 14th and U streets, is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays, and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $5 for adults (19 and over), $3 for children (5-18 years, 4 and under are free), and $10 for families (up to two adults and children). There is an additional charge for planetarium shows. Parking is free. For more information, contact Dana Ludvik at (402) 472-3779 or by e-mail, or visit For more information on Mueller Planetarium, visit