July 29, 2016

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“Bats” at the Missouri State Museum Aug. 3

Guests of the Missouri State Museum are invited to the program on “Bats,” an extension of the “Museum after Hours” series. The event will begin at 7 p.m. on Aug. 3 in the History Hall of the east wing of the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City.

Bats are the only flying mammal and are very shy. They prey on many insects, saving Missouri’s crops and woodlands from millions of dollars of damage each year. “Bats” offers details about the 14 different bats that live in Missouri and presents insight to the public on different ways to protect them.

The Missouri State Museum hosts “Museum after Hours” events the first Wednesday of every month. During this series, guests can take part in the special programs offered and have the opportunity to view the museum’s old and new exhibits. The galleries are open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on event nights and evening guests should enter through the carriage entrance on the south side of the building under the grand staircase.

The Missouri State Museum, part of Missouri’s state park system, is located on the first floor of the Missouri State Capitol. For more information about the event, call the museum at 573-751-2854. Missouri State Parks is supported by the one-tenth of one-percent Parks, Soils and Water Sales Tax, which accounts for approximately 75 percent of the budget to repair, improve and maintain state parks and historic sites. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit