Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Snow Day at the Science Museum of Virginia

As most of you probably know by now, we had a little bit of snow last Monday here in Richmond, Virginia. So even though Monday was a federal holiday, it still felt like a snow day!  After catching up on my innkeeper duties at Maury Place, Mac and I shared lunch with our neighbors Alex and Ginger and then embarked on our visit to the Science Museum of Virginia, which is just a short drive from Maury Place at Monument.  Our main goal was to see the Museum's exhibit, "Race: Are We So Different?"  The exhibit will be on view through April 29.  The "Race" Exhibit examines the topic or race from scientific, historical, and cultural perspectives and dives into a rich collection of video, photography, printed word, and interactive technology.  The exhibit demonstrates how economic interests, power struggles, scientific research and even popular culture have informed the American understanding of race.  Learn about Race as a human invention and see how scientists who once legitimized ideas about Race are now dismantling them. One highlight of the exhibit was the tuxedo that former Governor of Virginia Douglas Wilder wore for his inauguration.  Governor Wilder was the first African American Governor in the United States.  After taking in the exhibit, we watched an incredible movie in the Imax theatre, "Born to Be Wild."  This movie features stunning vistas of Kenya and Borneo and tells the stories of two women who rescue baby elephants whose mothers were victims of poaching in Kenya and baby orangutans whose families were the victims of deforestation in the Borneo part of the world. All in all, a great afternoon in one of Richmond's fine museums!

Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument