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With so many museums in the Bryan/College Station area, you can keep the kids engaged for the summer. Many local museums are opening new and exciting exhibits, hosting summer camps, and extending summer hours. Take the kids on a learning adventure through time and culture while also having a good time for yourself.

ARTMuseum of Natural History. Courtesy of B:CS Convention & Visitors BureauThe Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History will display the Capturing Time exhibit until May 30. Capturing Time showcases early photography, including vintage cameras and production materials. The museum will open the History of Tarzan exhibit on June 16. The museum is open from 10am to 5pm Tuesday through Saturday. General Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for children 4-17, senior citizens and university students. Children under age three are free with an adult. For more information, visit www.brazosvalleymuseum.org.

The Brazos Valley African American Museum is featuring the 150th Anniversary exhibit for the City of Bryan. This exhibit will showcase the African American activities in Bryan as well as the history of African American education at Kemp High School, according to Oliver Sadberry, museum curator. The exhibit will be on display through the end of August. The Brazos Valley African American Museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 1pm to 5pm and Saturday from 10am to 4pm. General admission is $5, seniors are $4 and students are $2. For more information, visit www.bvaam.org.

The Museum of the American GI will be hosting summer camps starting in July. Send your upcoming first through fourth graders to the World War II Experiences Camp for the last weekend in July or the Junior GI Camp for the second week of August. Kids will learn about different branches of military, both historical and modern military, as well as participate in arts, crafts, and physical activities. For more information, visit www.americangimuseum.org.

A new exhibit called “Spring in Aggieland” has opened at the Benjamin Knox Gallery and will continue to showcase through the fall. The gallery will also have some new original artwork and custom framing on display throughout May and June, according to Museum Director Clay Kosh. The Benjamin Knox Gallery is free for the public and open from 12pm to 8pm Monday through Saturday. For more information, visit www.benjaminknox.com.

The Sam Houston Sanders Corps of Cadets Center has several exhibits all year long displaying the various traditions at Texas A&M University. Topics include Reveille, Silver Taps, Muster, Cadet Life, Ross Volunteers, and more. There are also exhibits about the Medal of Honor Recipients, as well as General Rudder ’32, and General Hollingsworth, the most decorated Aggie and the fifth most decorated United States Serviceman, according to Lisa Kalmus, the Museum Curator. The museum is open Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm and is free to the public. For more information, visit www.corps.tamu.edu/corpscenter.

The Hall of Champions, located on the west side of Kyle Field, has a new digitalized showcase featuring all the trophies ever won by Texas A&M University sports. The interactive display allows guests to rotate pictures of the trophies 360 degrees and provides information about each award. The Hall of Champions is free to the public and open Monday through Friday from 10am to 4pm. For more information, visit www.12thman.com.

The Bonfire Memorial is a memorial site for the 12 Aggies who lost their lives when the bonfire collapsed in 1999. The Spirit Ring around the site represents the Aggie Spirit and shows where the bonfire once stood in 1999. The 12 portals are positioned toward the hometowns of the fallen Aggies and each one gives guests an insight to that fellow Aggie. The Bonfire Memorial is open 24/7 and free to the public.

The Kyle House, located at 800 S. Bryan Ave. in Bryan, will showcase “Vibrant, Timeless Scenes,” by Bets Davis. The exhibit will run through July 28. For more information, visit www.acbv.org.

ARTForsyth Galleries at Texas A&MThe Forsyth Galleries, located in the Memorial Student Center at Texas A&M, will continue to showcase “The Glass of Stevens & Williams” through June 12. The exhibit features decorative English glass art from the late 19th century. Additionally, Forsyth’s “Painting the Four Seasons” exhibit will continue until June 12. The galleries are located on the second floor of the MSC and exhibits are free to visit. For more information, call (979) 845-9251. While visiting the MSC, stop by the Stark Galleries on the first floor and visit the permanent collection on display.

The SEAD Gallery, located in Downtown Bryan, combines elements of art, science, and technology in the exhibits presented and has multiple exhibits slated for the summer. Finnish printmaker Inari Krohn will present at SEAD on May 21 as the guest of honor for the annual Wood Engravers Network Workshop in Downtown Bryan. Two local abstract painters, Thomas Cavaness and John Krajicek, will exhibit a joint show at SEAD opening June 16. Kristine Kainer, an oil painter from Central Texas with featured exhibits all over the country, will display her work of food and landscape scenes beginning July 21. For more information and a full listing of events and exhibits, visit www.seadgallery.com.

Visit www.InsiteBrazosValley.com/events-calendar for more events and exhibits.