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Manitoba Museum Participates in the Best in Heritage Conference in Croatia

Winnipeg MB (September 23, 2016): The Manitoba Museum’s award-winning exhibit, Lake Winnipeg: Shared Solutions, will be presented at the Best in Heritage Conference in Croatia on Saturday, September 24, 2016 by Adèle Hempel, Director of Research, Collections and Exhibits at the Museum. The Best in Heritage is an international, annual survey of award-winning museum, heritage and conservation projects. More than twenty projects from around the world, proclaimed to be the best on a national or international level, were invited to the conference to present their success stories and celebrate excellence in the field of museums and heritage. The conference takes place in September each year in Dubrovnik, Croatia. The Lake Winnipeg: Shared Solutions exhibit qualified by winning three prestigious national awards: the Canadian Museums Association award for Best Large Exhibit in 2015;  Canadian Association of Science Centres Award for Best Exhibit (Large Institution and Museum Program); and the Gold Award at the 2014 Summit Creative Award competition for the creative work on the exhibit.

Working in partnership with the International Institute for Sustainable Development, the design team of AldrichPears & Associates and NGX Interactive (Vancouver, BC), and a local advisory committee of stakeholders, the Manitoba Museum produced Lake Winnipeg: Shared Solutions, which opened in 2014, with the goal of presenting current scientific research on Canada’s second-largest watershed in a format that encourages young people to learn about water stewardship. By playing the interactive computer “Watershed Simulator” game, participants are confronted with problems for which they select one of three solutions and then watch to see the impact of that solution The exhibit includes a water table, aquarium, and action station where visitors are invited to make a personal commitment to take an action that will help save Lake Winnipeg.

Lake Winnipeg: Shared Solutions was the very first integration of virtual reality/video simulation technology and pure water science in Canada. A totally new type of museum exhibit and online adventure, it is a one-of-a-kind experience where visitors’ imaginations, intelligence and ingenuity meet the realm of sustainable development,” says Scott Young, Manager, Science Gallery and Planetarium, and the project leader.

“Working on the Lake Winnipeg: Shared Solutions exhibit with the Manitoba Museum was a great opportunity to teach the public about both science and sustainable development in the context of our watershed,” said Dimple Roy, Director of the Water program at the International Institute for Sustainable Development. “The exhibit demonstrates how all of the sustainable development factors – social and economic, as well as environmental – contribute to the wellness of our beloved lake, and lakes around the world.”

About the Manitoba Museum – The Manitoba Museum is the province’s award-winning heritage and science centre, unique in its combination of human and natural history themes and renowned for its vivid portrayal of Manitoba’s rich and colourful history, Planetarium shows, and Science Gallery exhibits. The Museum features immersive dioramas, multi-dimensional interpretation, science and astronomy education, and quality of school and community programs. The Museum has collected and protects over 2.8 million artifacts and specimens, including the Hudson’s Bay Company Museum Collection. The Museum’s industry-leading Alloway World Exhibits (AWE) program provides financial support for world-class temporary exhibits to come to Manitoba.

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