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Gallery, museum crawl exposes visitors to MU cultural institutions

Thursday, September 6, 2012 | 9:22 p.m. CDT; updated 10:39 p.m. CDT, Thursday, September 6, 2012
Visitors to the MU Campus Gallery and Museum Crawl experience mantises, music and more. People of all ages experienced unique exhibits at nine stations set up throughout MU.

COLUMBIA – It was the first time Jackie Flores, a first-year MU graduate student, visited the Enns Entomology Museum, although she passes the building several times during the week.

"I like that there are buildings you don't normally go into when you're walking through campus," she said.

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MU’s Seventh Annual Gallery & Museum Crawl, Thursday night, offered visitors the opportunity to see objects ranging from ancient Greek jewelry at the Museum of Art and Archaeology to live Madagascar hissing cockroaches at the Enns Entomology Museum.

The itinerary included nine locations on campus where people were greeted with refreshments and live entertainment from the MU School of Music.

One stop along the crawl was the Museum of Anthropology, located in Pickard Hall. The museum houses artifacts from Missouri Native Americans, such as historical clothing, hunting tools and housing replicas. 

Next door, in Swallow Hall, is the Museum of Art and Archaeology. The museum has roughly 15,000 objects, only 4 percent of which are on display because of the lack of space, said museum educator Cathy Callaway.

Across campus, an entomology doctoral student holding a live Madagascar hissing cockroach welcomed visitors to the Enns Entomology Museum in the Agriculture Building.

The museum is home to roughly 6 million insects, arachnids and fossils.

The Chancellor's Residence on Francis Quadrangle was also open to the public. The residence is the oldest building on a university campus west of the Mississippi River.

Another stop along the crawl was the State Historical Society of Missouri on the ground floor of Ellis Library. The society holds several million documents including Missouri’s application for statehood.

The fact that such an important document is kept at MU comes as a surprise to people, said Jeff Corrigan, the society’s oral historian.

“The museum crawl really exposes students who walk by these buildings every day to places they may never have stepped into after four years of attending MU,” Corrigan said.

The Craft Studio Gallery, George Caleb Bingham Gallery, Laws Observatory, Angus and Betty McDougall Center for Photojournalism Studies, Missouri Historic Costume and Textile Collection and the MU School of Music were also included in the crawl.

Supervising editor is Simina Mistreanu.


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