Ravalli County Museum opens exhibit, “Harry Potter’s World – Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine”

What is a unique and interesting way to look at the Renaissance era? Through Harry Potter, of course. Beginning tonight (the 20th) at 6:00 p.m., the Ravalli County Museum in Montana is opening a new exhibit called Harry Potter’s World – Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine. This exhibit was put together by the National Institute of Health (NIH), taking months of preparation by staff and volunteers. The main goal of the project was to understand what the Renaissance was about by showing how the different aspects of science, magic, and medicine were presented by J.K. Rowling in the Potter series.

The executive director of the museum, Tamar Stanley, said: “We really want student to come away with knowledge of the Renaissance, and Harry Potter is a way in.”

The opening night will serve as a reception with activities for all ages that will include a science-based, interactive magic show, Renaissance-era madrigals, and Tarot and Rune/Numerology readings. What could be better? The gift shop of the museum has been decorated to look like Diagon Alley, and the staircase landing decorated to resemble Platform Nine and Three Quarters. A second-floor gallery has even been turned into Professor Dumbledore’s office. Upon arrival, guests will receive a Marauder’s Map to help them navigate all areas of the exhibit. Additionally, specific NIH panels examine ethical aspects of the Renaissance in the series as well as effects of prejudice and the responsibilities of power.

The cost of admission is $1 for children, $3 for adults, and $6 for a family. The exhibit runs until May, providing plenty of opportunities for those wishing to attend. For further details, you can visit the Ravalli County Museum website or give them a call at (406) 363-3338.

This looks like a great way to learn about the Renaissance while incorporating something well-known and loved like Harry Potter to get the public excited. It should be a fun experience for all! What are your thoughts? Do you plan on visiting the exhibit? Share in the comments!

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