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Royal BC Museum: Behind The Scenes

The Royal BC Museum is inviting visitors to take a peek behind the scenes, exploring all things natural in its latest exhibition.

Royal BC Museum: Behind the Scenes is a multi-year project that includes an original exhibition, special events, interactive website and tours to the museum collections areas.

Designed to give visitors an insider’s look at the museum’s 124-year history of scientific research, part one of Behind the Scenes continues to fall 2011 and showcases the work of the natural history department.

“Since 1886, the Royal BC Museum has been collecting specimens relating to BC’s natural history,” says RBCM CEO Pauline Rafferty. “The specimens you see in our galleries are a small fraction of what’s actually in our collections. The goal of this exhibition is to show visitors a side of their museum they’ve probably never seen before, and give a sense of how exciting – and varied – this province’s biodiversity really is.”

The 929-square-metre (10,000-square-foot) exhibit features thousands of natural history specimens, ranging from preserved sea cucumbers, clawed frogs and pythons to a 225-million-year-old fossilized Saurichthys (reptile fish).

In a hands-on activity space, explorers 10 and younger can go wild in three activity tents packed with biodiversity-themed games. Kids can break out their stripes by dressing up like a skunk, channel their inner marine biologist by trekking through a kelp-garden or perform scientific research by studying a bug’s innards through a microscope.

As an approved 2010 UNESCO International Year of Biodiversity project, Behind the Scenes also features an extensive special events program for all ages.

To take in the Behind the Scenes interactive exhibition online, visit www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca. For more information on the latest activities, events and exhibitions at the Royal BC Museum call 1-888-447-7977.

— Jennifer Blyth

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