RANGELEY — Orgonon, the Wilhelm Reich Museum on Dodge Pond Road, will open for the season on Thursday, July 1.
Orgonon is the home of one of the 20th century's most controversial figures, Austrian born physician-scientist Wilhelm Reich.
Now maintained as The Wilhelm Reich Museum, Orgonon is an historic site and nature preserve comprising 175 acres of fields and woodland, a system of trails, a Conference Center and the Orgone Energy Observatory.
The observatory is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors to the observatory can view biographical video about Reich and then tour the building, view Reich's scientific inventions and equipment, his study, library, sculptures, vivid paintings and his personal memorabilia. Children can explore a hands-on Discovery Room. The observatory roof provides vistas of the region's open skies, lakes and surrounding countryside.
Reich's tomb, with its dramatic bronze portrait bust, is in a forest clearing nearby. A bookstore and gift shop gives access to all Reich's published work.
The observatory will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday in July and August.
During September, it is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Special tours are available year-round by appointment. For more information, call 864-3443, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.wilhelmreichmuseum.org.