SPONSORED: The Orange County Regional History Center will be celebrating its new exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution, Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code, on Saturday, October 13 with an all-day grand opening featuring free admission and special activities for families.

The exhibition examines the complexities of the genome – the set of a living organism’s genetic or hereditary material – through cutting-edge interactive displays, looking at humanity as individuals and as members of a family and species, and as a greater part of life on the planet Earth.

Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code contains a special area, custom designed by History Center staff, that explores three genomic ties to Central Florida – in the fascinating findings at the Windover Bog archaeological site in Brevard County, in the development of citrus, and through the family histories of some well-known Central Floridians, including Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer; Jorge Estevez, WFTV Channel 9 news anchor; our very own Brendan O’Connor of Bungalower.com; Toni Pressley, Orlando Pride soccer team defender; and Geraldine Thompson, former state representative and senator and founder of Orlando’s Wells’Built Museum.

On the opening day of Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code, admission to the museum will be free during regular museum hours, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A drop-in “DNA & Me” workshop from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. includes free take-home activities for families.

Genome continues at the History Center through January 6. To learn more about the museum and its many programs, including future events linked to Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code, visit thehistorycenter.org or call 407-836-8500 or 800-965-2030.

Bungalower editor, Brendan O’Connor, opens a DNA testing kit with Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and History Center Chief Curator , Pamela Schwartz.


Brendan O'Connor

Editor in Chief of Bungalower.com

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