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Marching through the Gainesville museums for a festival
Four facilities celebrate their unique contributions
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Youngsters pan for gems during a youth summer camp at Elachee Nature Science Center.

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History, art, science and hands-on activities are the focus of four separate museums celebrating their unique and similar qualities in a single day in one city.

The Festival of Museums will commemorate the contributions of four venues in Gainesville. All four facilities — Elachee Nature Science Center, Interactive Neighborhood for Kids, the Northeast Georgia History Center and the Quinlan Visual Arts Center — will have free or discounted fees from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 3.

Each venue will feature live demonstrations, interactive events, guided tours, free craft projects and prizes as part of the day’s activities.

The Northeast Georgia History Center, at 322 Academy Street NE, will have ongoing demonstrations of blacksmithing, mule power/cabin building, and outdoor cooking. Hands-on activities include churning butter, cranking homemade ice cream, candle-dipping and tornado tube experiments.

Other participating museums are:

* Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive Gainesville, 770-535-1976, elachee.org.

* Interactive Neighborhood for Kids, 999 Chestnut St., 770-536-1900, inkfun.org.

* Quinlan Visual Arts Center, 514 Green St. NE, 770-536-2575, qvac.org, info@qvac.org.

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