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Time Machine: Silver and Gold

This family-friendly event explores gold and silver and the many ways they are part of our lives. Activities include a gallery treasure hunt, an exploration of touchable objects, a “How Do We Use Gold?” discovery table, and a concert of gold and silver-related folktales. Admission is free.

The Time Machine touches down on the first Sunday of every month from June through August. Look for different types of programs on every Sunday of each month.

Spurlock Summer Sundays: Explore the Natural World

This summer, we’re exploring the natural world with three month-long series of programs on precious metals, planets & stars, and plants. We’ll look at the ways different cultures have used natural resources, explained natural phenomena, and found inspiration in the world around them. Examine artifacts, join in songs and stories, and dig into sample materials. Experts from around town and campus will offer demonstrations and discussions. All programs are free and available on a drop-in schedule.

Each month has a distinct theme, with a series of programs for different ages and learning styles within those themes. The first Sunday of each month is a Time Machine that features multiple activities, presenters, and performers around the Museum. The third Sunday of each month is an Arts Exploration, offering visitors an opportunity to create a different special art project. All other Sundays feature docent-led activities such as mini-tours, scavenger hunts, and touch carts with hands-on artifacts.

Other Events in the Series

June: Silver and Gold

  • 6/3 Time Machine
  • 6/10 Docent-Led
  • 6/17 Arts Exploration
  • 6/24 Docent-Led

July: Planets, Stars, and the Moon

  • 7/1 Time Machine
  • 7/8 Docent-Led
  • 7/15 Arts Exploration
  • 7/22 Docent-Led
  • 7/29 Docent-Led

August: Plants

  • 8/5 Time Machine
  • 8/12 Docent-led
  • 8/19 Arts Exploration
  • 8/26 Docent-Led

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For further information on this event, contact Beth Watkins at (217) 265-5485 or

To request disability-related accommodations for this event, please contact Brian Cudiamat at (217) 244-5586 or (email link).