Ithaca, NY—The Johnson Museum of Art and the Discovery Trail invite the community to participate in the first New York State Museum Week—May 31 to June 6, 2012. Enjoy the culturally rich resources of the Discovery Trail and preview exhibits to plan summer outings with friends and family.

If you are an active-duty military personnel, receive a free Museum catalogue when you visit the Johnson Museum from May 28 to September 3 as part of the Blue Star Museums program. You and your family may visit some of the Discovery Trail sites for free during this period; inquire for details at participating sites.

Here is a sampling of events and exhibits during Museum Week and into the summer at our eight locations.

Enjoy free admission, great views, and a world of art at the Johnson Museum! See the new wing and six special exhibitions, including a look at the importance of the train to the Cornell student experience in the first half of the 20th century.

Cayuga Nature Center will offer a Night Hike at 8 pm on Friday, June 1 and National Trail Day activities on Saturday, June 2. The Butterfly Garden will be open for the summer beginning June 10 with a ribbon cutting at 1 pm. Visit for more summer activities.

Saturday and Sunday from May-September come to Sapsucker Woods at the Lab of Ornithology for a leisurely walk through the Sanctuary to look for birds. These 90-minute walks are aimed at beginner bird watchers and begin at 7:30 am.

Cornell Plantations has miles of trails to explore in their many gardens, arboretum, and Nevin Welcome Center. Macro Images and Photo Montages by Nancy Ridenour are on exhibit May 1-June 30 plus Sunday wildflower walks in Sapsucker Woods, and Friday morning bird walks at the Plantations.

During the month of June, The History Center in Tompkins County quilt exhibit commemorate the Village at Ithaca’s 10th anniversary. You can also visit the research library, Eight Square Schoolhouse, and Living History Program. Learn more at

The Museum of the Earth has two exhibits this summer: Whales: From the Depths of the National Geographic Collection (through June 4) and Mote Marine Laboratory presents Sanctuary Reef and Sea Monsters from June 22-September 3.

Through the summer the Sciencenter is featuring their Ocean Bound! exhibit, plus a Nano Mini-Exhibition. Every Saturday at 2 pm see science in action with a special interactive presentation during Showtime! May 26 features Snake Feeding Frenzy and June 2 Coral Reefs: The Rainforests of the Sea. Plus May 29 bring your toddler or preschooler to hear the story Caves: Mysteries Beneath Our Feet by David L. Harrison and create their own cave art.

Come to the Tompkins County Public Library for Game Time on May 31 from 3 to 5 pm. Children ages 6-13 are welcome to join in on Thursday afternoons for family-friendly board games! Visit for more library information.