Called the “Father of Modern Science” by some, Galileo’s introduced improvements in the use of the telescope, was among the first to argue the Earth revolved around the Sun and earned the title as the preeminent astronomers of his time.
In a way David Dundee, astronomy program manager at Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville, can relate to Galileo, though their lifetimes are several centuries apart.
“I know the science behind what he was doing,” Dundee said. “I understand Galileo’s perspective in history, so that’s pretty cool.”
When Night at the Museum returns to Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville Aug. 4 from 6 to 10 p.m., Dundee will channel his inner Galileo as one of more than 40 characters, including the Wright Brothers, Marie Curie, Dr. Who, characters from Star Wars and Star Trek who will walk the halls of the museum for the annual event.
Donning “poofy” hat, stockings, slippers and all, Dundee as Galileo will spend the evening mixing education and entertainment for those who want to learn more about science and science fiction.
And he, along with the other actors, made up of Tellus staff, Pumphouse Players actors, and volunteers who are donating their time, skills and costumes, will be handing out autographs as well.
Tellus Director of Marketing Joe Schulman said Night at the Museum continues to get bigger and better every year.
“This event grows every year,” Schulman said. “That’s what’s exciting about it.”
Schulman said about 1,600 people attended last year and a larger crowd is expected this year.
New to the event this year are a new planetarium show and a costume contest for children ages 12 and under.
Children are invited to dress up as either a person from science or science fiction. Awards will be presented in the science and science fiction categories for different age groups.
Admission to Night at the Museum is $10 for members and $20 for nonmembers.
Schulman said preordering tickets is recommended to avoid lines at the door.