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Wake Forest's Museum of Anthropology to participate in Museum Day

September 17, 2007

On Sept. 29, the Museum of Anthropology at Wake Forest University will participate in the third annual Museum Day, presented by Smithsonian magazine and Hyundai Motor America.

Museum Day is an event when museums and cultural institutions nationwide open their doors free of charge to Smithsonian magazine readers and visitors.  Celebrating culture, learning and knowledge, Museum Day reflects the spirit of the magazine, and emulates the free-admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, D.C. facilities. 

This year’s Museum Day is also supported by CITGO Petroleum Corporation and, for the third consecutive year, TIAA-CREF.

“Being involved with Museum Day provides an excellent opportunity for us to display our fall exhibits to a new audience and demonstrate that our resources are available at no cost to the public year-round,” said Stephen Whittington, director of the Museum of Anthropology.

Museum of Anthropology exhibits on display include the new permanent exhibit, "Face to Face: The Arts of Exchange in Mainland Papua New Guinea,” and the featured fall exhibit, “Días de los Muertos/Days of the Dead.” 

Last year, approximately 30,000 people attended Museum Day.  Forty-nine states were represented by 448 participating museums, including 55 Smithsonian affiliates.  Attendees must present Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day Admission Card to gain free entry to participating institutions.  The Museum Day Admission Card is available in the September issue of Smithsonian magazine and a downloadable version is available on the Museum Day Web site at

The general public is welcome to participate by going to the Web site and downloading the Museum Day Admission Card.  Listings and links to other participating museums’ and sponsors’ sites can be found at

The Museum of Anthropology is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.  For more information, call (336) 758-5282 or visit

Press Contacts:

Pam Barrett
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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