The newest Belton Area Museum Association exhibit is now open for visitors at the historic Belton train depot.
Expedition: A Natural History Adventure Around the World features fossils, gemstones, and minerals from across the globe and animal mounts from three continents.
Come face to face with the world’s 5th largest lion to come out of Africa. Look at the various adaptations of squirrels from North America. Marvel at the markings and sharp teeth of fish caught in the Amazon River. See gemstones gathered from quarries all around the world. Ponder fossils that are millions of years old.
“There’s something for everyone to enjoy,” said Belton Area Museum Association executive director Abigail Burden. “It’s amazing to see how majestic and varied these creatures are, and the beautiful gemstones and interesting fossils help us all to learn about the vast biodiversity our world has contained.”
The exhibit is open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 9 am to 2 pm, and Saturdays, 10 am to noon until May 29, 2021 in the North End Gallery of the historic Belton train depot.
Special group tours can be arranged by contacting executive director Abigail Burden at 864-338-7400 or email@example.com.
All guests are encouraged to follow safety guidelines such as wearing protective masks and practicing social distancing.
As a special tie in activity, each fourth Saturday, BAMA members can take an adventure to Diamond Hill Mine and dig for amethysts. Charge per person is usually $20 to dig, but with a BAMA membership card, visitors will receive a $5 discount each. Check out all that Diamond Hill Mine has to offer at https://diamondhillmine.com/. Dates for special discounts for BAMA members are Sept. 26, Oct. 24, Nov. 28, Dec. 26, Jan. 23, Feb. 27, Mar. 27, and Apr. 24.
Thanks to Sportsman’s Warehouse, special backpacking and nature themed items will be given away throughout the exhibit to visitors who sign in and win the bi-weekly drawing.
And the annual Turkey Shoot at Toney Creek Plantation is planned for November 21 as an additional event tied to this exhibit.
Admission is free of charge to the exhibit because of the patronage of the following companies: Sportsman’s Warehouse, Home Instead Senior Care, S and M Auto Parts, Friddle’s Orthopedic Applicances, Inc., City of Belton Hospitality Fund, Anderson County ATAX Fund, and Diamond Hill Mine.
Come join us as we take a natural history adventure around the world!