World Premiere Lucy’s Legacy Exhibit Extended Through Sept. 1

May 29, 2008

Following the approval of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and the Ethiopian Exhibition Coordinating Committee, the Houston Museum of Natural Science has announced that the world premiere display of the special exhibition Lucy’s Legacy: The Hidden Treasures of Ethiopia has been extended in Houston through Sept. 1.

“People from as far away as Santiago, Chile and Helsinki, Finland, as well as almost 170,000 people from all over Houston, have visited Lucy so far. Lucy’s Legacy continues to be one of the most popular exhibitions in the Museum’s history,” said Joel A. Bartsch, president of the Houston Museum of Natural Science. “We are thrilled to extend the opportunity for our visitors from all over the world to see this multi-million year old fossil and to contemplate its meaning to our understanding of human origins.”

After the exhibit closes in Houston, Lucy’s Legacy will be on display at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, from Oct. 4, 2008 – March 4, 2009. The remaining stops on the exhibit tour will be announced at a later date.

Lucy’s Legacy: The Hidden Treasures of Ethiopia displays the original fossilized remains of the 3.2 million-year-old hominid known as Lucy. With 40 percent of her skeleton intact, Lucy remains the oldest and most complete adult human ancestor fully retrieved from African soil. In addition, the exhibition explores other paleoanthropological discoveries as well as Ethiopia’s recorded human history. More information about the exhibition is available at www.lucyexhibition.com

Lucy’s Legacy: The Hidden Treasures of Ethiopia is an international exhibition organized by The Houston Museum of Natural Science in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and the Ethiopian Exhibition Coordinating Committee.

National funding for Lucy’s Legacy: The Hidden Treasures of Ethiopia is provided by Ethiopian Airlines and The Smith Foundation. Local funding is provided by METRO, BP, The Hamill Foundation and the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation.

Tickets for the special exhibition are $22 for adults; $15 for children (3 – 11), seniors (62+), and college students with a valid ID; $9 Museum members; $6 school groups; and $10 for groups of 20 or more. For tickets, or more information, visit www.hmns.org or call 713-639-4629.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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