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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 www.asu.edu/museums.

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