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‘We Love ASU Collections’ celebration set

January 23, 2008

Feb. 18 is Presidents’ Day – and it’s also a day for celebrating art and culture at ASU.

The Museums, Galleries & Collections Committee will sponsor its sixth annual “We Love ASU Collections” from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day, with self-guided tours of 12 museums, galleries and collections on the Tempe campus. The open house is free and open to the public.

Tour maps will be available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Old Main. Coffee and pastries will be served at Old Main beginning at 9 a.m., and participants can enjoy free water at Old Main following the tours. Visitors also can take a self-guided tour of Old Main that day.

The schedule is designed so that guests may visit a few – or all – of the venues open that day.

Morning tours include:

• 9:30-10:30 a.m. – Center for Meteorite Studies.

• 10-11 a.m. – Planetarium.

• 10:30-11:30 a.m. – Harry Wood Gallery.

• 11 a.m.-noon – Museum of Anthropology.

• 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Graduate Student Gallery.

• Noon-1 p.m. – Luhrs Gallery.

Afternoon tours include:

• 12:30-1:30 p.m. – Arizona Historical Foundation.

• 1-2 p.m. – Step Gallery.

• 1:30-2:30 p.m. – Mars Space Flight Facility.

• 2-3 p.m. – Gallery 100.

• 2:30-3:30 p.m. – Archaeological Research Institute.

• 3-4 p.m. – Plant Herbarium.

The ASU Art Museum will be closed, but information about the museum and its exhibits will be available at Old Main.

Among the highlights that day:

• Center for Meteorite Studies Museum – the largest university-based collection of meteorites in the world.

• Arizona Historical Foundation – “Murder & Mayhem: The Strange Saga of Winnie Ruth Judd,” an exhibit of more than 100 photos from the famous 1930s “Trunk Murderess” case.

Museum of Anthropology – “Collected Impressions,” a wall of textiles and what they tell us about a particular culture.
Plant Herbarium – essentially a “library” of dried plant specimens, the herbarium is the second-largest in the Arid Southwest, with nearly 270,000 mounted specimens.

The tour is sponsored by the Arizona State Credit Union and ASU Alumni Association.

The Museums, Galleries & Collections Committee is an interdisciplinary group representing nearly a dozen colleges, schools and other entities at ASU.

For more information about the tour, visit the Web site

Parking is available at the Fulton Center garage, College Avenue and University Drive, for $3 per hour, with an $8 maximum.