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Manitoba Museum Has Record Setting Weekend with New World’s Giant Dinosaurs Exhibit

Winnipeg, MB (May 24, 2017):  The Manitoba Museum set a new attendance record for the opening of a new exhibit this past weekend.  Over the long weekend, there were more than 7,000 visits to the Museum during the opening of the new exhibit, World’s Giant Dinosaurs located in the newly expanded Alloway Hall.  This is the first blockbuster exhibit to be featured in Alloway Hall since it was reopened in March, 2017. World’s Giant Dinosaurs pulls together reconstructions, animatronics, and sculptures of some of the largest dinosaurs found from around the world including a duo of sauropods. The largest animatronic dinosaur, Brachiosaurus, measures 24 feet high and the longest animatronic dinosaur,…

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Think BIG this Summer with World’s Giant Dinosaurs at Manitoba Museum

For Immediate Release (May 18): The Manitoba Museum presents the never-before-seen World’s Giant Dinosaurs exhibit May 19 to September 4. With enormous plant-eating sauropods joining the meat-eating T. rex, this exhibit is sure to leave a BIG impression! The Manitoba Museum recently reopened Alloway Hall; with twice the square footage and even higher ceilings, the Museum was ‘Thinking Big’ when it engaged the services of Jurassic Park advisor and excavator of the world’s largest dinosaurs, “Dino” Don Lessem for its inaugural blockbuster exhibit. World’s Giant Dinosaurs is an all new exhibit custom made for the Manitoba Museum. Inspired by the grand new dimensions of the Hall, Lessem worked with the…

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Museum Kicks off New Friday Night Hours with Friday, May 19 Talk: Get the Scoop on Jurassic Poop with Dino Don Lessem

For Immediate Release (May 15): Fact or fiction? Learn the truth about dinosaurs in the media. Get the scoop on the latest discoveries about hot-blooded, living and strange-looking dinosaurs, huge and tiny, from Jurassic Park advisor, author, and World’s Giant Dinosaurs exhibit creator, Dino Don Lessem on Friday May 19 at 7pm. This event kicks off the Museum’s new hours for the run of World’s Giant Dinosaurs which includes being open to the public on Fridays until 9pm. Dino Don’s claim to fame is his role as on the set of Jurassic Park, acting as an advisor for Steven Spielberg as Michael Crichton’s bestselling book Jurassic Park was brought to the…

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Manitoba Museum Celebrates Manitoba Day with a Full House

Winnipeg, MB (May 12): In an early birthday party celebration, the Manitoba Museum welcomed 8,434 Museum visits on Saturday May 6 as the province of Manitoba turns 147 years on May 12, 2017! Line-ups coursed through the lower level as hundreds of families took in Planetarium shows and stood in line to get their turn in the Science Gallery. Steady streams of Museum-goers filled through the nine Museum Galleries pausing to line up at the Nonsuch and Proscenium Theater in the Urban Gallery. This free event is made possible through the generous support of Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries. As part of the Access for All community initiative, Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries…

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DinoSnores – Museum offers First Public Sleepover

Spend a Night at the Manitoba Museum! DinoSnores – Museum offers First Public Sleepover For Immediate Release (May 10, 2017): When the doors close, and the lights go down, what kind of adventures await you at the Manitoba Museum? Does the pliosaur come alive in the Earth History Gallery? Will the Mamenchisaurus run from the T. Rex in World’s Giant Dinosaurs? There’s only one way to find out – with DinoSnores: A Night at the Museum! In its first publicly offered sleepover, the Museum invites families for an exciting overnight experience on June 3. Travel back in time and learn how dinosaurs grew to be so big, investigate Manitoba’s history…

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The Manitoba Museum Moves Closer to Reaching Fundraising Goal

Winnipeg (May 4, 2017): The Manitoba Museum continues its drive to raise $19 million towards the Bringing Our Stories Forward Capital and Endowment Campaign, with the announcement of another lead gift of $250,000 from James Cohen and Linda McGarva Cohen. The campaign will fund the Museum’s renewal of 42% of its Galleries by 2020, in time for a landmark year that will celebrate the Province of Manitoba’s 150th anniversary, the Museum’s 50th, and Hudson Bay Company’s (HBC) 350th. Over the last 50 years, the Manitoba Museum has told the story of Manitoba’s natural and human history. During this period, we’ve learned more about Manitoba’s Indigenous Peoples, waves of immigrants that…

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Explore the Power of Ideas at the Manitoba Museum

Innovation150

Winnipeg, MB (April 27, 2016): .Making a stop in Winnipeg on its tour across the country, Innovation 150 brings an exhibit and hands-on programming to the Manitoba Museum in celebration of Canada’s 150th. The Innovation 150 project includes three distinct experiences: an exhibit entitled The Power of Ideas, presentations on innovation, and a Maker Space workshop. Coordinated by the Canadian Association of Science Centres this exciting opportunity is only at the Museum from May 1 to 4. (Entry to The Power of Ideas exhibit is included with regular admission May 2 to 4.) The Power of Ideas exhibit in Festival Hall is open to the public and focuses on the process of…

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From the Red River Settlement to Outer Space – Go on and Adventure at the Manitoba Museum this Weekend

Winnipeg, MB (April 20, 2017): The Manitoba Museum can take you many places – back in time or across the known universe! This weekend, travel back in time to learn about the lifestyle of the heroic Sarah Ballenden of the Red River Settlement , or explore outer space in celebration of International Astronomy Week! Museum Galleries Tour: The Era of Sarah Ballenden The Manitoba Museum has partnered with the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre for a special pre-theatre guided tour that explores what life was like for the heroine of their upcoming play, Sarah Ballenden. About the Play: Against the landscape of the developing Red River Settlement, Sarah Ballenden has developed a…

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Manitoba Museum Wins Award for the Fourth Time in Five Years at Canadian Museum Association’s Award Ceremony

Pliosaur Fossil

Winnipeg, MB (April 7, 2017): The Manitoba Museum once again took home a Canadian Museums Association (CMA) Award of Outstanding Achievement, this time in the Exhibitions, Science and Technology category (for Museums with annual operating budgets over $1M). On Friday, April 7, at the 2017 CMA National Conference in Ottawa, this excellence was recognized during an awards gala. The winning Pliosaur Exhibit features a 90-million-year-old fossil and a full-scale reconstruction of the marine reptile, a type of plesiosaur – extinct reptiles that were at the top of the food chain in the Cretaceous seas. The jury was unanimous in its decision, noting that this project was nationally significant and exceeded…

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Expanded & Renewed Alloway Hall – Manitoba Museum’s Canada 150 Capital Project – Opens Doors

Jeoff Chipman, Chair of the Capital & Endowment Campaign (far left) and Claudette Leclerc (far right) with project funders (l to r): Rick Frost, CEO, The Winnipeg Foundation; The Honourable Rochelle Squires, Minister of Sport, Culture and Heritage; Brigitte Gibson, Regional Director General – Prairies & Northern Region,  Department Canadian Heritage. Winnipeg, MB (March 24, 2017): After $5.8 million investment, the newly expanded and remodelled Alloway Hall opened its doors for the first time on Thursday, March 23, 2017. Completed on time and on budget, the Museum welcomed 400 funders, project partners, sponsors, donors and friends to celebrate the opening of the 9,750-square-foot exhibit space. Elders Clarence & Barb Nepinak offered a…

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