Located just off Route 11 is Curie Hall, named for famous French scientist Marie Curie, and home to the Radford University Planetarium and the Museum of the Earth Sciences. Each year from August to May, the Planetarium offers a series of free shows appealing to a wide range of audiences. One show features the traditions associated with the sky that were important to Native American peoples. Radford City and the surrounding area were well known as a hunting ground for several Indian tribes, including the Shawnee, at the time of the region's settlement. The museum helps children and adults alike understand the earth, its past, present and future and its relationship to mankind. The facility is open during the academic year and for group tours at other times by special appointment.
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Explore the heritage of Radford and the New River Valley in this 19th-century Victorian home on the banks of the New River. Elegant furnishings, photographs from Radford's past, an old-time woodworking shop,Native American artifacts, one room school house and more, make Glencoe a place where memories come alive. Call or visit the website for more information.