Celebrate Penguin Awareness Day in 3D!

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Bruce Museum’s Black-footed Penguin being scanned for 3D printing. Photo by Daniel Ksepka for Bruce Museum

Penguin Awareness Day is coming up! A special day for our tuxedo-clad pals, those quirky, flightless birds found throughout the Southern Hemisphere is set for Tuesday, January 20.

To celebrate, the Bruce Museum will present a science lecture and a demonstration of the 3D printing of its very own Black-footed Penguin specimen.

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Dr. Kspeka posing in front of one of Bruce’s exhibits. Credit: Allie Primak

The Museum has good reason to celebrate. Its curator of science, Dr. Daniel Ksepka, is a world-renowned expert on penguins.

“Penguins are beloved to people throughout the world for charming behaviors and their remarkable ability to survive in extreme environments like Antarctica,” Dr. Ksepka notes. “They make perfect ambassadors for conservation.”

At 7:00 pm on Tuesday, January 20, Dr. Ksepka will discuss penguin evolution and the 60-million-year March of the Fossil Penguins. Afterwards, MakerBot of Greenwich will discuss their scanning and 3D printing technology while replicating small versions of the Museum’s penguin specimen. The actual penguin and a life-size replica will also be on view. Small penguin replicas will be on sale in the Museum Store.

The event is open to the public and begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m. The special program complements the Museum’s current exhibition Antarctica: Photographs by Diane Tuft, which is generously supported by Gabelli Funds and the Charles M. and Deborah G. Royce Exhibition Fund.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling 203-413-6757 or emailing info@brucemuseum.org.

The cost is free to Museum members, non-members are $15. The Bruce Museum is located at 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich.

The Bruce Museum is a museum of art and science and is located at One Museum Drive in Greenwich. The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm; closed Mondays and major holidays. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for students up to 22 years, $6 for seniors and free for members and children less than five years. Individual admission is free on Tuesday. Free on-site parking is available and the Museum is accessible to individuals with disabilities.

For additional information, call the Bruce Museum at (203) 869-0376 or visit the website at brucemuseum.org


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