Smithsonian magazine museum free day
The Smithsonian magazine has set aside Saturday, Sept. 17, as Free Museum Day. The L. Alan Cruikshank River of Time Museum and Exploration Center is participating in the event.
Visitors are invited to stop by the recently reimagined and remodeled center to enjoy a journey through time to explore the Lower Verde River Valley. The Free Day at the Museum is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the River of Time.
From the stunning introductory video through the thought-provoking water conservation challenge, the River of Time offers an opportunity to become immersed in a spectacularly beautiful and diverse region of the Sonoran Desert.
This family fun day will feature activities for children and adults. River of Time docents will be stationed throughout the galleries to share in-depth stories that go beyond the exhibit interpretation.
Visitors can explore the topography of the Lower Verde Valley by recreating the mountains and deserts in the Augmented Reality sand table. Kids can dig for dinosaur bones and meet "Sonora" the Sonorasaurus Arizona's official dinosaur. Families can message each other using petroglyph symbols like those used by the ancient Hohokam people.
Guests can follow the timeline of the local Fort McDowell Yavapai tribe from the ancients up to the present day. A visit to the Riverbanks Gift Shop will round out the day. Local and regional art, jewelry, and decor are available along with a wonderful selection of books for every age.