The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have teamed up to create the museum’s largest permanent exhibition, the Sant Ocean Hall, which debuts this Saturday, Sept. 25.
As part of the opening festivities, Alaskan and Hawaiian musical and dance performers will perform in the rotunda on the first floor from 11 a.m.-noon from two Native communities will regale visitors with music and dance. “The Tlingit Native Community will kick off festivities with a drum ceremony. Then, the Aloha Boys from the Halau O’ Aulani, a nonprofit school dedicated to the preservation of the multi-faceted cultures of Hawai’i celebrated through dance, language, art, history, music, and custom, will perform live music for the crowd gathered for the Hall’s unveiling.”
The unveiling takes place at noon, and there will be book signings 11 a.m.-1 p.m. by Susan Stockdale, who wrote and illustrated the children’s book, Fabulous Fishes.