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Two New Exhibits at the MCE: Pulling Back the Curtain and Our Changing PNW


The Museum of Culture and Environment (MCE) at Central Washington University starts fall quarter with two new exhibits:  Pulling Back the Curtain and Our Changing Pacific Northwest. Both exhibits open Thursday, September 28, with a 5:30 p.m. reception.

Why can’t you touch the artifacts in museum exhibits? And why do museums hide most of the objects they own? Pulling Back the Curtain is an interactive exhibit that explores the mysterious rituals that take place behind the scenes at museums.

Take a look behind the curtain from September 28 to December 9, 2017.

Our Changing Pacific Northwest, brings into focus a central concern: how climate change is caused by humans—by asking, “How will climate change impact our region?” To answer this, the exhibit features the work of two CWU professors--Susan Kaspari of geology and Megan Walsh of geography--whose research into the past helps uncover what the future may hold.

This year-long exhibit is in a window display called “Window on Central,” facing the public hallway.

All are invited to attend the reception at 5:30 p.m. in the Dean Hall lobby, in front of the Museum of Culture & Environment.  Refreshments will be served. Students and curators will also be present to discuss their work and explain how they created their exhibitions.

Museum Background
The Museum of Culture and Environment is located on the first floor of Dean Hall. Admission is always free and regular visitation hours, during the academic term, are Wednesday through Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Parking on the CWU campus is free on weekends and after 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information, email or, or visit the MCE website at

Media Contact: Dawn Alford, Public Affairs, 509-963-1484,