Kids to get their very own meteorite at the opening festivities of the Maine Mineral & Gem Museum
The Maine Mineral & Gem Museum will be giving away pieces of meteorites – rocks that fell to Earth from outer space – along with a certificate of authenticity to the first 200 school aged children, accompanied by a guardian, as part of its Grand Opening weekend festivities. The giveaway will occur on Saturday, Dec. 14, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Museum, which is located at 99 Main Street in Bethel, ME.
“What better way to celebrate the opening of our unique Museum, home to the largest piece of the Moon on Earth, than to hand out to kids free meteorites that came from the asteroid belt,” declared Museum Director Barbra Barrett.
Adults can win something, too! Those who visit the museum on Dec. 14 will automatically be entered in MMGM’s raffle for a chance to win a $500 gift certificate to the Museum Store.Adults can also double or triple their odds by becoming a member of the Museum. The higher the level of membership, the better the chances are of winning.
The MMGM is home to the five largest pieces of the Moon on Earth, the largest piece of the asteroid Vesta on Earth, meteorites with extraterrestrial gemstones, and the oldest igneous rock in the solar system (4.56 billion years old), as well as singular terrestrial offerings
The MMGM features nearly two dozen interactive exhibits; a world-class research laboratory; hundreds of gems and minerals including the largest cut gemstone from Maine and a Tiffany necklace made of Maine tourmaline.
The Great Meteorite Giveaway
Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m.
Maine Mineral & Gem Museum
99 Main St., Bethel, ME