Randall Museum Closes for Renovation and Live Animal Exhibit and Visitor Programs Move to Mission Art Center

Media Contact:
Genevieve Antaky, Randall Museum Friends
510-435-8092
gantaky@comcast.net
Public Info: 415-554-9600

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: (SAN FRANCISCO, May 5, 2015) – The Randall Museum, San Francisco Recreation & Park’s one-of- a-kind interactive community learning center that celebrates art, science, and nature, is undergoing a great revitalization thanks to a grant from the State of California along with generous donations from the philanthropic community. The renovation work will begin at the Corona Heights facility in the summer/fall of 2015 with the grand re-opening scheduled for early 2017. While under renovation, the Randall Museum will move the Live Animal Exhibit and some of the public programs to Mission Art Center, located at 745 Treat Avenue, in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission district. The Randall Museum building will be closed to daily drop-in visitors beginning June 1, 2015. Select Randall Museum programs for drop-in visitors will resume at Mission Art Center beginning July 1, 2015.

The Randall Museum’s Live Animals Exhibit is home to more than 100 animals that can no longer survive in the wild. From legless lizards and giant water bugs, to a Manky mallard and a great Swainson’s Hawk, all of the Randall’s animal ambassadors are packing up their pens, perches, cages and aquariums and moving to the Mission. Some of the Randall’s animals are injured so they cannot hunt for food or protect themselves from predators. Others were born in captivity or kept as pets so they never learned how to live in the wild. Now these animals help visitors learn about and appreciate California’s diverse and disappearing wildlife. Beginning in July, the Randall’s Live Animal Exhibit will be open at Mission Art Center to drop-in visitors and the docent-led live animal presentations will be offered on Saturdays. “Meet the Animals” presentations allow visitors to view the animals up-close. Children can meet rodents and amphibians, check out a Barn Owl, and maybe even touch a tortoise.  

The Saturday Drop-in Art & Science Workshops will also continue at Mission Arts beginning in July 2015. “Saturday Science” is a morning workshop designed to explore the wonders of science with a different activity each week and the “Afternoon Art” workshops get young artists creating new works through a variety of hands-on art and craft activities. A new ceramics studio installed at Mission Arts will host mini-summer camps for kids and offer ceramics classes for children and adults. For more information and schedule details please visit www.randallmuseum.org.

“The Randall renovation gives us the once in a lifetime opportunity to bring the live animals and amazing programs from the Randall to Mission Arts, we are thrilled to be able to keep the animal exhibits going during the renovation.” —Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager

The relocation also provides the opportunity to make improvements to the facilities and develop programming at Mission Art Center that will have a lasting impact. The new state-of- the-arts ceramics studio will become a permanent fixture at the Center and Randall staff will implement art and science programming that will continue on after their residency.

About the Randall Museum & the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department:

The Randall Museum, located at 199 Museum Way at Corona Heights Park, is owned and operated by San Francisco’s Recreation and Park Department with a mission to inspire creativity, curiosity, and a love of learning about the world around us. In fulfillment of this mission, the Museum offers an integrated program of arts and sciences to children, youth and adults through opportunities for hands-on learning and recreation, focusing on the cultures and environment of the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information about the Randall Museum the public may call 415-554-9600 or visit www.randallmuseum.org.

The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department’s Mission is to provide enriching recreational activities, maintain beautiful parks and preserve the environment for the well-being of our diverse community. For more information about SF Rec and Park please visit www.sfrecpark.org.

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