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The World Comes to the Royal BC Museum

The Glance, Jami Tarris (USA),
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012 exhibit

While the Royal BC Museum does a fantastic job of preserving and presenting British Columbia’s rich history, the internationally renowned facility also strives to bring the world to Victorians through a variety of special programs and exhibitions.
This winter, the global picture is diverse indeed.
Through January 27, the museum presents Envisioning the World: the First Printed Maps, exploring the fascinating world of maps and how more than 300 years of exploration challenged the long-established visions of the world. This exhibition from the Wendt Collection features more than 30 of the earliest printed maps of the world, including the first printed map, more than 540 years old.
One of last year’s favourite exhibits returns to the museum with Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012, November 30 to April 1. With new photos, this exhibit presents the wonders of nature like you’ve never seen them: through the lenses of prize-winning photographers from around the world. This visually striking exhibition from The Museum of Natural History showcases more than 100 new photographs in 18 categories (including Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Endangered Wildlife, One Earth and Photojournalist of the Year), chosen from thousands of international entries. Each photo and accompanying caption tells the inspirational, astonishing and sometimes humorous stories of our fascinating natural world.

Signal Flag Hoist, painted by David Cameron MacKay,
from the Canadian War Museum exhibit
The Navy: A Century in Art, Beaverbrook Collection of War Art, CWM

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Canadian navy and explore its legacy with The Navy: A Century in Art, November 6 to January 27. Produced by the Canadian War Museum, this exhibition features 46 paintings from Canada’s leading war artists including Arthur Lismer, Alex Colville, Anthony Law and many more. From dramatic depictions of the Battle of the Atlantic to intimate portraits of life at sea and ashore, these works vividly reveal this rich heritage and look at the human side of these stories.
For a more local perspective, For Valour – The Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary’s), 100 Years of Service in War and Peace is on exhibit through December 2. Presented by the Canadian Scottish Regiment and the Royal BC Museum, this special exhibition tells the stories, some a century old, of this distinguished infantry, through artifacts, personal accounts and archival footage.
The exhibition will feature six Victoria Crosses, the highest military decoration for bravery and courage.

Taste the bounty with BC Bites and Beverages

If your interests lean a little more to the culinary arts, check out the Royal BC Museum’s BC Bites and Beverages, an exploration of all things tasty in the province.
Coming up this winter is Food from the Home Front, November 8 and Rich in Food: Revitalizing traditional food on the Northwest Coast, January 17. Looking ahead, additional subjects include Victoria’s Sweet Secret: 100 years of Confectionery History, March 21, and Uncorked: The Teenage Years of the BC Wine Industry, May 23.
The sessions run from 7 to 9pm at the museum. Registration is limited – visit the Royal BC Museum box office or online at sales.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca

Hot Dates: Anchors Aweigh!

The "Hello Sailor" exhibition explores "gay life on the open wave."

It’s a side of nautical history that hasn’t gotten much attention in local museums, up until now. Adapted from an exhibition created by National Museums Liverpool (U.K.), Hello Sailor explores “gay life on the ocean wave.” The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic on Lower Water Street hosts the exhibit throughout the summer. Additional displays present a Canadian and Nova Scotian perspective.

Hot Dates: In the Navy…

Adapted from an exhibition created by National Museums Liverpool (U.K.), Hello Sailor explores “gay life on the ocean wave.” The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic also highlights a Canadian and Nova Scotian perspective from May 19 to November 27.