Race to the End of the Earth

profile-pic1THE MUSEUM OF IDAHO IS 1 OF ONLY 3 MUSEUMS IN THE U.S. TO HOST RACE TO THE END OF THE EARTH DURING ITS INTERNATIONAL TOUR
IDAHO FALLS – The Museum of Idaho is proud to be the 3rd museum in the U.S. to host Race to the End of the Earth. This is a remarkable opportunity for visitors to become part of the epic journey between competing teams in their quest to be the first to reach the South Pole. Two teams left. Only one returned.

Between 1911-1912, Norwegian adventurer and explorer, Roald Amundsen, and British Royal Navy Captain Robert Falcon Scott, led their teams on an 1,800-mile journey from the edge of the Ross Ice Shelf to the Pole and back, braving starvation and isolation as they traversed through some of the harshest conditions on the planet.

Interactives and hands-on activities engage visitors in understanding what it would have been like to travel to the coldest place on Earth 100 years ago, as well as what it is like to be there today. Visitors will also be immersed in the science, wildlife, and wonders of Antarctica as they visualize weather systems and ocean currents, watch an iceberg calve, and discover how scientists think the warming of this area will affect the rest of the planet. Photographs, paintings, and rare historical artifacts from Amundsen and Scott’s expeditions are also featured.

The MOI is showing this exhibition now through September 1, 2014, where it will leave to go to the Musee de Confluences in Lyon, France. Race to the End of the Earth has also been showcased at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the National Geographic Society in Washington D.C., Palazzo Ducale in Genoa, Italy, and the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria Canada, making the MOI the 5th museum in the world to host this extraordinary exhibition.

Admission is $8/adult, $7/senior (65+), $6/youth (4-17), $25/family, and $20/family on Family Night (Mondays from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.). The Museum of Idaho is open Monday and Tuesday from 9:00am – 8:00pm, Wednesday thru Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm, and closed on Sunday.

For more information, please contact Laura Cooley at 208-522-1400 ext. 3012 or visit the website at www.museumofidaho.org

*Race to the End of the Earth is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (www.amnh.org), the Musee des Confluences, Lyon, France (www.museedesconfluences.fr), and the Royal British Columbia Museum (www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca)

About the Museum of Idaho:
The MOI is a non-profit organization and the intermountain west’s premier museum in bringing exceptional exhibits to our region. The MOI is dedicated to preserving and showcasing the sciences, the humanities, and the natural and cultural history while also providing new experiences and unique educational opportunities.
The museum is located at 200 N. Eastern Avenue in Idaho Falls.

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