The Manitoba Museum, Planetarium & Science Gallery Are Sooo Cool … and Open Late!

(Winnipeg, MB July 12, 2018): Manitoba is experiencing the highest temperatures of the year right now and the Manitoba Museum has just the answer for dealing with the heat, humidity, and thunderstorm warnings. Chill at centre ice in our Hockey: The Stories Behind Our Passion exhibit. Stay dry exploring the Museum Galleries – be sure to visit the renewed Nonsuch Gallery and experience all kinds of virtual weather. Check out the hottest in music and light combinations while keeping your cool with Laser Shows ­–  Stranger Things-inspired 80s music is very refreshing. No need to risk heat stroke running around outside – why not “play” and learn in the air-conditioned Science Gallery? Remain cool, calm, and collected at the Manitoba Museum every day between 10 am and 5 pm. And, to create a breeze on those hot summer nights, the Planetarium is open late on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings for Laser Shows. The Museum Galleries and the Hockey exhibit are open Fridays until 9 pm.

Media are invited to contact Jody Tresoor (204-988-0614, 204-228-2374, jtresoor@manitobamuseum.ca) for interviews, access to theHockey exhibit, and media passes to Laser Shows.

Hot on the heels of the Jet’s playoff run, the Manitoba Museum is hosting the travelling Hockey: The Stories Behind Our Passion exhibition developed by the Canadian Museum of History. As chill as we Canadians usually are, you are invited to learn why hockey is a national obsession that brings us together in a power play of an exhibit. Showing until January 13, 2019, this wide-ranging exhibition of artifacts, player profiles, iconic images, memorabilia, interactives and more, will shine a light on the origins of the game, its evolution as a sport, and its enduring power as a cultural phenomenon. It will also reveal what our passion for hockey says about us as a people.

Don’t get hot about planning a party for the kids. For a special experience of the Hockey exhibit, Manitobans are invited to get their “teams” together for Hat Trick Parties. These parties combine hockey, history, pizza, team building and interactive fun for everyone. Hockey All-Star Birthday Parties are also available to make every birthday kid feel like an MVP. For party information, contact partyinfo@manitobamuseum.ca or call 204-988-0696.

Laser Shows are back at the Planetarium until September 9. We have family-friendly matinee shows during the day and longer louder evening shows on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturday. Matinee laser shows are priced the same as regular Planetarium shows. We take some awesome music – classic rock, electronic, retro – play it loud and shoot lasers at the dome in all sorts of amazing patterns, from hypnotic abstract patterns to animated characters. Evening shows are $15 per seat per show ($12 for Museum members). Tickets are available at the box office and online.

Also celebrating the Planetaroun’s 50th anniversary, the Museum is presenting Saturdays in Space is a speaker series featuring cosmic conversation about current space-related issues in the Auditorium. You’ll learn about the latest advances in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and get inspired to dream the big dreams that shape our modern world! This event is included with paid admission to any Museum Area. Come out to FREE Telescope Observing Evenings and have a look at the sky with the guidance of our Science Communicators and the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. Visit ManitobaMuseum.ca for details, dates, and times.

A Sailor’s Life for Me is a Family Program offered every Saturday, Sunday, and holiday between 1 and 4 pm. Try some of the navigational tools that helped keep the Nonsuch on its course. Learn how the sailors managed all of those rigging lines and sails with their knowledge of knotting and then practice making your own knots. This program is included with paid admission to Museum Galleries.