Summertime weather good reason to get out of town
Not only does the museum, open from June through Columbus Day, have an eclectic collection of artifacts — from Egyptian mummy hands to preserved wildlife specimens — it offers many fun activities for kids of all ages.
A new Watercolor for Adults class begins weekly starting July 9. Kids 8 and up can learn how to fashion hand puppets and make a movie with Ryan Noonan and Peter Pijoan of Wolfeboro Community Television. Nature programs include the new From the Earth workshop series with Brian Stockman, with classes on building a lean-to, fire-making and crafts such as loom beading. A new science-based series, Chasing Rainbows, offers workshops on science concepts created by Thomas Edison, Isaac Newton, Leonardo da Vinci and Rachel Carson.
The museum was founded by Dr. Henry F. Libby, a dentist, inventor and naturalist, in 1912. Born just miles from the museum site in 1850, Libby once wrote that his life began anew for him when he turned 40 and began studying nature and anatomy. He began to sketch and draw — and to collect things such as butterflies and moths. Over the decades, his collections of natural specimens and oddities grew.