SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and Randall Museum Friends (RMF) proudly announce Bug Day, the Randall Museum’s annual celebration of insects, with hands-on science and art activities, games, entertainment, and more. The free event will take place on Saturday, April 18th from 10AM to 3PM. Kids can join in the insect-inspired fun and learn how important these little creatures are to the earth and to human survival. They also can make their own fabulous bug-related crafts to take home, see and touch live exotic insects, take a scientific look at insects through microscopes, compete in the Insect Olympics, and perhaps even eat a bug or two! Moreover, the San Francisco Beekeepers Association will have a hive of live honeybees on display. Kids can watch beekeepers at work and can decorate containers of freshly made beeswax lip balm to take home, plus there will be honey collected from hives all over the city and other bee-made products for sale. Bug Day serves as the Randall Museum’s last big public celebration before it closes its doors while undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation. Randall Museum classes and drop-in workshops will continue through May 2015. The Randall Museum will be closed to daily visitors on June 1, 2015, with a grand reopening scheduled for early 2017.
“The Randall Museum is a place that fosters the love of science, natural history and the joy of the arts for all our San Francisco families and youth to enjoy and learn,” said Mayor Ed Lee. “Started in 1951 with the support from Josephine D. Randall, the Museum will receive a much-deserved renovation so that it can continue to provide memories and experiences for generations to come.”
“Randall Museum has always been a fun and safe place for kids to explore and learn many interesting facts about science and humanity,” said Supervisor Scott Wiener, who represents the neighborhood on the Board of Supervisors. “We want to rally our communities to support the museum renovation, which will make the Randall Museum an even more fun environment to nurture our kids’ curiosity for learning.” “Bug Day provides a great send off for the Randall Museum before it has to close down for renovation,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager. “We look forward to welcoming everyone at the newly renovated and greatly improved Randall Museum in 2017.” Currently, SF Rec and Park in partnership with the Randall Museum Friends (RMF), is undertaking a renovation of the Randall Museum facilities with the help of more than $5.5 million of grant from the California State Parks’ Nature Education Facilities Program. The RMF is in the midst of a fundraising campaign to raise up to additional funding to increase project amenities, equipment and furniture. The renovation project comprises new geology and zoology exhibits, a new science lab, a new elevator, as well as the renovation of the live animal exhibit, classroom, restrooms, first floor lobby, and concession area. Sustainable design techniques will be implemented as per the grant requirements. Grant funding will also be used to seismically upgrade those portions of the facility that are funded by the grant and bring them up to ADA standards. The interior renovation will include the consolidation, and rearrangement, of interior rooms and ADA compliance measures. A concession area will be added to allow visitors to extend their stay at the facility. Building systems such as mechanical, plumbing and electrical, including low voltage systems, will be modernized. Interior equipment, materials and finishes will be upgraded. Any changes to the building exterior will be historically sensitive. Grant funding will also be used to make grant-funded portions of the facility more sustainable and diminish its carbon footprint. The renovation is now going through a design process, and the construction is expected to begin this fall. And to ensure that the Randall provides the richest possible visitor experience when its doors re-open in 2017, RMF is leading a multi-million dollar philanthropic effort to supplement the guaranteed public funds. Philanthropic community support will be used to further enhance and expand exhibits, add distinctive architectural features, refurbish highly trafficked areas, and – importantly – create new and enlarged programmable spaces to serve greater numbers of visitors and provide additional revenues for the Randall in years to come. About the Randall Museum & the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department: The Randall Museum 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 <http://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 <http://www.sfrecpark.org> .