Museum launches ‘Night at the Museum’

JASPER — On Wednesday, March 25, the Dubois County Museum will begin something new and special.

Once a month, the museum will open their doors for “Night at the Museum” evening hours to accommodate those visitors who are unable to visit during the regular daytime hours. Hours will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The museum also will be offering free admission on these nights at the museum.

To kick off this new venture, a special program is planned for the inaugural night. The museum welcomes Blake Buechlein and the Jasper Reptile Center for visitors to see and learn about reptiles from his collection of live reptiles that he has rescued. The reptile program will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be held in the log house area. A donation to benefit the center will be taken. The museum hopes this will be a great addition to families’ spring break plans.

A listing of future dates for Night at the Museum are as follows. Most dates are the last of the month on a Wednesday or a Thursday.  Programs or activities are being planned.

• Wednesday, March 25: 5:30-8 p.m. Jasper Reptile Center will present live reptiles at 6:30 p.m.

• Thursday, April 23: 5:30-8 p.m. View the new Athena Award exhibit made possible by the Rotary Club of Jasper.

• Thursday, May 28: 5:30-8 p.m. Game Night. Board games and a variety of children’s games.

• Thursday, June 25: 5:30-8 p.m. Come learn how to tie a fly fishing fly. This group of sportsmen will also be at the museum on Saturday, June 27.

• Thursday, July 23: 5:30-8 p.m. Speaker Melissa Gentry on Women’s Suffrage at 6:30 p.m. Sponsored by Jasper Public Library and the Dubois County Museum.

• Thursday, August 27: 5:30-8 p.m. Back-to-School Night.

• Wednesday, Sept. 30: 5-8 p.m. Special times. While visiting, come see and participate in the bidding at the Lions Club Radio Auction. Free popcorn.

• Thursday, Oct. 29: 5:30-8 p.m. Come in costume for treats. Trick-or-treat in the village with volunteers in many rooms with treats. Tour museum by candlelight.

• Thursday, Nov. 19: 5:30-8 p.m. Opening of the Festival of Trees. Daniel Ross and friends from Redemption Christian Church perform. Refreshments served and prizes given.

• Thursday, Dec. 17: 5:30-8 p.m. View the trees and decorations. Refreshments of wassail and wine served.

Keep informed on these upcoming events on the museum’s Facebook page and Twitter.

The museum, at 2704 N. Newton St., is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. The museum is closed Mondays. For more information, call 634-7733 or visit The museum is also on Facebook and Twitter.


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