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Explore Gaithersburg during Heritage Days

The Community Museum & Observatory Park are participating in Montgomery County Heritage Days on June 29 & 30.
Post Date:06/07/2019 12:55 PM

The Community Museum & Observatory Park are among the many historical sites participating in Montgomery County Heritage Days, June 29 & 30, 2019. The annual event celebrates and showcases the County’s rich history, culture and natural beauty with activities, exhibits, demonstrations, and live music and performances for all ages. Explore all countywide events here. All Heritage Days events are free.

The following is taking place in Gaithersburg:

Community Museum, 9 South Summit Avenue
Saturday, June 29, Noon – 4 p.m.

The Community Museum will be open with fun activities and vintage-style toys and games in the Museum & Olde Towne Plaza. Due to expected heavy traffic with SummerFest taking place at Bohrer Park, we recommend visiting the Museum before 3 p.m.

Housed in the 1884 Freight House, the Community Museum is part of the rail complex in Olde Towne Gaithersburg. Explore a caboose and RDC rail car, take a photo with the 1918 steam locomotive, shop for train-related items in the gift shop, and discover the hands-on learning centers in the Museum. You might even catch the sights and sounds of the actual CSX and Amtrak trains that rumble by frequently. Free parking is available in the nearby public garage on Olde Towne Avenue.

Observatory Park, 100 DeSellum Avenue
Sunday, June 30, Noon – 4 p.m.
Skywatching – Latitude Observatory Turns 120

Gaithersburg’s International Latitude Observatory turns 120! Celebrate with activities related to the geodetic science that was conducted at the Observatory and enjoy a special birthday cake at 1 p.m. Participate in tours of the Park and Observatory at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. and take part in hands-on activities and more. The National Geodetic Survey (part of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the agency that first had oversight of the Observatory) will be on site with educational displays and hands-on activities.

* Field parking at St. Martin’s is not available during this event. Parking is available in Olde Towne and at the Activity Center (about ¼ mile away). Please be considerate of street parking within the neighborhood.

Built by Edwin Smith for the International Geodetic Association in 1899 as one of six around the globe, the Observatory played an important role in the efforts of scientists to determine the wobble of the Earth on its polar axis to aid in navigation. Ground markers are still used for GPS purposes today.  Self-guided tours of this interpretive park and national historic landmark are available year round. Please note that the park has no restroom facilities.

For more information call contact the Community Museum.

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