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Mailed 6/14/96

FREE SUMMER SUNDAY TOURS OF
BROOKHAVEN LAB START JULY 14

Special emphasis on environment added; tours every Sunday until August 25

Upton, NY -- This summer, the hands-on family fun at Brookhaven National Laboratory's Science Museum will share the spotlight with serious, but still entertaining, environmental themes.

On seven Sundays, from July 14 to August 25, visitors of all ages are invited to take in all the sights and sounds of Brookhaven's Summer Sunday tours. The guided tours run continuously, departing roughly every 15 minutes between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 344-2345 during weekday business hours.

Responding to the community's growing interest in its environmental impact, the world-renowned scientific research laboratory has created new exhibits, demonstrations, nature walks and multimedia presentations. These eco-minded additions cover everything from chemicals and radiation to pine barrens protection and Superfund cleanup.

As in the past, a video introduction to the Lab's research, a bus tour of the site and a visit to the Science Museum are all on tap for visitors.

The following new features are planned for the Summer Sunday tours:

The eco-minded additions will take their place in the reception center and in the three-story museum, alongside more than 20 interactive science-oriented displays and activities that entrance children and adults alike.

Also at the museum, visitors with a bent for history will be particularly interested in the Camp Upton Historical Collection. This special section of the museum features an extensive collection of photos and memorabilia from World Wars I and II, when the Brookhaven site was the Army's Camp Upton. A video, "From Basic Training to Basic Research," describes the early history of the site.

Refreshments and rest rooms are available, and a souvenir shop located at the Science Museum is stocked with science-related toys and other fun items.

For information about Brookhaven's free Sunday tours, call the Lab's Public Affairs Office, at (516) 344-2345. Brookhaven Lab is located on the William Floyd Parkway (County Road 46), one-and-a-half miles north of Exit 68 of the Long Island Expressway.

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