Museum Of Coastal Carolina

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The Museum of Coastal Carolina
The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina. A man by the name of Stuart Ingram had a vision of sharing his knowledge of the nature and science of the coast of North Carolina. Mr. Ingram turned that into a reality and in May of 1991, the Museum of Coastal Carolina was opened to the public. The organization added a planetarium, a separate museum from the Coastal Carolina museum, focusing on aspects of the earth and the universe surrounding it, at another location in May of 2002. With many donations and help from his family, friends, and the community, both museums began to flourish. Today the Museum of Coastal Carolina provides the public with exhibits of the natural science, environment,
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“Museum of Coastal Carolina Ingram Planetarium”, Website Factory, 2015, Accessed on August 26, 2016,
My personal experience of the museum was a particularly positive one. The atmosphere of the museum was very calming, clean, and organized, a perfect learning environment. The museum was laid out in a way where everything was accessible and easy to find your way through. Each exhibit was interesting and designed to draw the visitor’s eye. Nothing was too overwhelming or clustered. I was quite impressed with the museum and thoroughly enjoyed my visit there. Since my visit to the museum was a pleasant one, I decided to reach out, through email, to the executive director. The executive director of the Coastal Carolina Museum is Terry Bryant. In the email, I mentioned my recent visit to her museum and told her about how much I enjoyed my experience. I requested to have an interview with her, over email. She responded to my email very attentively and was happy to provide me with all the information I needed. Bryant even asked my permission to use my positive feedback about the museum in the museum’s marketing, which of course I, with no hesitation, agreed to.
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Interning, volunteering, or shadowing in a museum setting will help the person get a true glimpse of what the position entails and how a museum functions. Receiving a degree in museum studies along with taking classes or even minors in grant writing and accounting may be very beneficial.

Virginia Museum of Natural History The Virginia Museum of Natural History is located in Martinsville, Virginia. Their mission is to interpret Virginia’s natural heritage in ways that are relevant to all citizens of the Commonwealth. They possess a mass array of collections and exhibits. The museum focuses on subjects pertaining to Paleontology, Archaeology, Mammalogy, and Geology. The museum primarily focuses their educational standpoint on Virginia and the Southeastern United States. However, the museum also has collections and research programs that span the world.2
2. “Virginia Museum of Natural History: In Association with the Smithsonian Institution”. Accessed on September 7, 2016.

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