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Story last updated at 12:53 PM on Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Pratt Museum

The museum reopens Friday. Regular hours for February are Tuesdays through Sundays, noon to 5 p.m. Free Winter Wednesdays with free admission to the museum are held during the months of February and March.

From 5 to 7 p.m. Friday is the opening reception for Encounters: Whales in Our Waters, featuring the display of the Pratt s new fully articulated gray whale skeleton. The first exhibition of 2013 is the culmination of an effort that began in 1999 to salvage a juvenile gray whale that washed up on the beach in Halibut Cove. The bones were preserved, prepared and assembled to create the fully articulated skeleton which forms the centerpiece of this new exhibit. A total of 140 people gave 2,200 volunteer hours to the Gray Whale Project. The whale is now swimming through the Pratt s Special Exhibits Gallery.

Starting Tuesday, every Tuesday and Friday at 4 p.m. in the Marine Gallery come help feed the intertidal creatures in the aquaria. Fish feeding is fun, free and all are welcome.

The museum s annual meeting is at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at the museum. Scott Bartlett, curator of exhibits, and Ryjil Christianson, director of education, give a presentation, Pratt 2.0: Envisioneering a New Museumization, or, Down By the Way, Where the New Pratt Grows. The annual meeting also includes board of directors election results, a business meeting and announcement of volunteer awards.