What’s lurking at the Science Mill? Shark Week!
The Science Mill in Johnson City is about 240 miles from the coast, so let’s just say shark sightings there are non-existent.
Except for during Shark Week, which is July 31-August 4 at the hands-on learning museum, 101 S. Lady Bird Lane.
You won’t find any sharks lurking in the Pedernales River, but you might uncover a shark tooth or two at the Fossil Dig in the facility’s Science + Art Park, one of many activities and programs that shed light on these misunderstood fish.
In the 1970s, the horror film “Jaws” put sharks, particularly the great white, in a bad light. The fact is, shark attacks are rare, and the animal actually plays a major role in the health of our oceans.
During Shark Week, the Science Mill will dispel some of the myths surrounding these creatures.
Museum visitors can watch a special showing of “Great White Shark 3D,” pose for a photo in the toothy jaws of a replica prehistoric megalodon, test their knowledge during shark trivia, and browse the Science Mill store for souvenirs.
Shark Week programs, including the movie, are included in Science Mill admission, which is $11 for adults, $9.50 for ages 3-18, $9 for ages 65 and older, and free for ages 0-2. Active duty and retired military with valid ID and up to three family members get in for half-price.
And consider purchasing or renewing a Science Mill membership. If you do so during July, you’ll receive a book about sharks or insects. Memberships are $50 for individuals, $75 for a family of two, $100 for a family of four, and $125 for a family of six. You get unlimited admission for one year, 10 percent off education programs, 10 percent off Science Mill store purchases, and VIP access to events.
Visit sciencemill.org or call (844) 263-6405 for more information about the museum, programs, or memberships. Summer hours are 10AM-5PM Wednesday-Saturday and noon-5PM Sunday.
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