Record 35 000 People Attend Grand Reopening of Canadian Museum of Nature

More than 35 000 people came through the doors of the Canadian Museum of Nature during its grand reopening celebrations on the May 22–24 (Victoria Day) weekend.

“This was an extraordinary response and a strong indication of the public’s interest in nature and the environment, as well as their love for this venerable national historic site,” says Joanne DiCosimo, President and CEO of the Canadian Museum of Nature. “We look forward to welcoming many thousands more during the summer tourism season and beyond.”

The museum reopened its historic public exhibitions site, the Victoria Memorial Museum Building, following an extensive six-year, phased renovation. Special reopening events included a huge parade, an assortment of musical entertainment, a nature festival, haunted walk tours, a colourful lighting ceremony in the new glass lantern (a tower), and the launch of a commemorative dinosaur coin with the Royal Canadian Mint.

New galleries include the RBC Blue Water Gallery, the Vale Earth Gallery and Animalium. These join the Talisman Energy Fossil Gallery, the Mammal Gallery, the Bird Gallery and the Discovery Zone, which opened in 2006. The museum also unveiled new visitor amenities, including the Nature Café, boutique, group entrance and the outdoor PCL Plaza.

Three special exhibitions are offered until September 6: Frogs – A Chorus of Colours, Aqua (a multimedia show about water) and Canadian Wildlife Photography of the Year.

Until Labour Day (September 6), the museum is open seven days a week from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (Monday to Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday), and from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM (Thursday and Friday). Admission is free on Thursday evenings from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

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