The Ottumwa Courier

September 17, 2013

The museum is alive!

By JOSH VARDAMAN
Courier staff writer

---- — OTTUMWA — The Wapello County Museum will soon be coming to life, just like the American Museum of Natural History in the film starring Ben Stiller.

Museum lovers will get a chance to see their favorite exhibits from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the third annual Night at the Museum. Both young and old are encouraged to join to help promote the wonders of the museum, according to board member Dee Hall.

“This is to get people young and old to come to the museum and see the exhibits in a different way,” she said.

Members of the community will present each exhibit in the museum, including Ottumwa’s Public Information Officer Tom Rogers, who will be dressing like a Native American for the Native American display. Dizzy the Clown will be making an appearance to help grab the attention of the younger crowd, and free refreshments will also be available.

The museum will have specials on membership rates for those who are interested in joining, and walkthroughs of their new space in the old train depot next door will also be given. That space will be open for meetings and public rental, according to Hall. The building is also listed on the historical register and was built in the 1800s.

The only cost for the event is a donation of one can of food per guest for the Lord’s Cupboard or pet food for the Heartland Humane Society. For more information about the event, call the museum at 641-682-8676.