Unique new exhibits featured at king farm dairy mooseum Re-opening for the 2013 season on may 4

May 01, 13 Unique new exhibits featured at king farm dairy mooseum Re-opening for the 2013 season on may 4

CONTACT: Paul Weller, President • 202-785-6710, pweller@agriwashington.org

GERMANTOWN, MARYLAND – Three new exhibits will be on display at Montgomery County, Maryland’s unique King Farm Dairy MOOseum, as it re-opens for the 2013 season on Saturday, May 4. The historic dairy barn museum showcases the history of local dairy farming when more than 350 dairy farms operated in the county serving the national capital region.

The special new exhibits include a historic century-old restored milk wagon, a unique robotic milking unit with video, and an inter-active dairy nutrition display to test all ages’ knowledge of healthful dairy foods. Also on display is a life-size replica of Astronaut, one of the world’s most famous dairy bulls purchased by local agricultural interests in 1968, a milkable replica of a Guernsey cow, and a barn full of equipment actually used by local dairy farm families. A carefully researched map shows the name and location of each former dairy farm. A separate children’s craft room provides educational materials for young peoples’ creativity.

The MOOseum is located in the South Germantown Recreational Park, at 18028 Central Park Circle, off Md. Route 118. Its educational exhibits have been designed to be of interest for all ages, and include life-size replicas of major dairy cows, a scale model replica of the King farmstead, as well as exhibits and tours related to the production, processing, and marketing of milk and milk products. The collection includes milk coolers, cream separators, milk bottles and cans, butter churns, milking machines, and other dairy industry artifacts.

Open hours for the MOOseum are 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM on each Saturday during the summer months, and from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM on the fourth Sunday of each month. The Sunday afternoon programs feature members of former county dairy farm families to greet visitors, and discuss their dairy operations.

The MOOseum sits in the South Germantown Regional Park, where more than a million visitors now participate annually in sports, and can picnic amid rolling fields and meadows. Prior to the 1990’s, the area was covered by family dairy farms like the King family farmstead. Now only the King dairy barn remains, and has been carefully turned into a major public attraction. Admission is free, although contributions are welcome.

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