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Cape Fear Museum Awarded Grant for Bloodsucker Exhibit

Cape Fear Museum has been awarded a $5,000 grant from Landfall Foundation, Inc. to help host Attack of the Bloodsuckers!  This skin-crawling exhibition will come to the Museum in the summer of 2013. Attack of the Bloodsuckers! is geared towards a family audience.  Visitors will be able to sit on a giant inflatable tick, spin their way through the mosquito’s life cycle, examine their own veins and the bodies of bloodsuckers with scientific instruments, and play a bloodsucker matching game.  As Museum Director Ruth Haas explains “This exhibit explores the science of sanguinivores [creatures that eat blood] in a fun and interactive way.”  When visitors leave the Museum, they will have learned why mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, leeches and other parasites are important to our ecosystem.
Haas adds, “We’re grateful to Landfall Foundation for the opportunity to provide a fun and educational experience for the community.”  
Attack of the Bloodsuckers! is produced by the Environmental Exhibit Collaborative and made possible by grants from Jane's Trust, Cabot Family Charitable Trust, and the U.S. Institute for Museum and Library Services.
Cape Fear Museum of History and Science is open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sunday; Labor Day through Memorial Day. General admission is $7 for adults; $6 for students with valid ID and senior citizens; $6 special military rate with valid military ID; $4 for children 3-17; and free for children under 3. Museum members are admitted free. New Hanover County residents’ free day is the first Sunday of each month. The Museum is located at 814 Market Street in historic downtown Wilmington, N.C.  More information: www.capefearmuseum.com.