Member's Only Event and Exhibit Grand Opening

July 29, 2016 - July 30, 2016

Times vary

Orpheum Children’s Science Museum Holds Grand Opening for Two NEW Exhibits The “Growing Prairies and Growing Minds” Butterfly Garden and an Archaeology exhibit at the Orpheum Children’s Science Museum will open to the public on July 30, 2016. The Butterfly Garden is an interactive outdoor exploration exhibit designed to build an appreciation of nature in a play environment and act as an attractive and therapeutic addition to the public space in the heart of downtown Champaign, as well as a natural urban refuge for a variety of living things native to the area. The Archaeology exhibit features interactive activities with a field shed, excavation units, archaeological materials and stations that encourage engagement and sensory experiences for children in Kindergarten through Sixth Grade. Children will move through the shed and discover the process through which archaeologists learn about the past. When: Member’s-Only Preview Event (free admission) Friday, July 29, 2016, 5:00-7:00 PM Light refreshments will be served. Grand Opening (general admission, open to the public) Saturday, July 30, 2016, 1:00-5:00 PM Guest Speakers: Scott Bennett, State Senator Deb Frank Feinen, Mayor of Champaign (Proclamation Reading) The event will be held at the Orpheum Children’s Science Museum, 346 N. Neil Street, Champaign, IL 61820 The partnerships between the Orpheum Children’s Science Museum and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Entomology Graduate Student Association, Office of Public Engagement, Archaeology Student Society at the University of Illinois), generous volunteers, and crowdfunding made these exhibits become a reality. For more information contact René A. Dunn, Executive Director, at (217) 352-5895 or by email at You can also visit our website: or our Facebook page: