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CDC Participates in Smithsonian's Museum Day

On Saturday September 29, 2012, the David J. Sencer CDC Museum, located at CDC Headquarters, will join more than 1,400 other participating venues for the eighth annual Museum Day Live! This immensely successful program, in which museums emulate the free admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution's Washington, D.C.-based facilities, encourages learning and the spread of knowledge nationwide.

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Inclusive by design, Museum Day Live! fulfills Smithsonian Media's mission to make cultural education accessible to everyone. Last year's event drew over 350,000 museum-goers, and this year's Museum Day Live! is expected to attract close to 400,000 participants. The David J. Sencer CDC Museum is always free to the public.

"We are excited to be participating in Museum Day Live! " said Judy M. Gantt, Director, David J. Sencer CDC Museum. "This is a great opportunity for us to show the community the importance of public health and to showcase how CDC works to save lives and protect people from health threats expressed through our exhibits."

The David J. Sencer CDC Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, educates visitors about the value of prevention-based public health, while presenting CDC's rich heritage and vast accomplishments. The museum hosts more than 70,000 visitors each year, and provides popular educational programs for students and teachers. On view will be the permanent exhibit, The Story of CDC, and the opening of a hands-on exhibit, Cells: The Universe Inside Us, which was created and produced by the Maryland Science Center with funding form the MetLIfe Foundation. In the Cells exhibit you can:

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    Run virtual experiments using gold particles and stem cells
  • Walk into a giant cell
  • Watch your arm move and muscle cells contract
  • Match a cell's shape to its job.
  • Compare an osteoporotic bone to a healthy bone, a smoker's lungs to a non-smoker's lungs, and a clogged artery to a healthy artery.
  • Use a virtual scalpel to cut a worm in half and watch it regenerate.
  • Design a cancer-fighting nanoparticle in a virtual lab.
  • Get moving and see how exercise affects your body at the cellular level.

Tickets for Museum Day Live! can be  downloaded at Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues for one day only. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2012 and a list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit

** Please note that the David J. Sencer CDC Museum does not require a ticket for entry.

Museum Day Live! at the David J. Sencer CDC Museum is sponsored by the CDC Federal Credit Union.


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