The Exploration Place Museum and Science Centre - Prince George, BC
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member T0SHEA
N 53° 54.309 W 122° 44.124
10U E 517383 N 5973000
Quick Description: A Museum, a children's learning centre and a research centre, not to mention a sports hall of fame, this centre has the proverbial "something for everyone".
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date Posted: 7/29/2019 3:14:18 PM
Waymark Code: WM111GG
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Alfouine
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Long Description:
Today known as the The Exploration Place Museum and Science Centre, this was the Fort George Museum when opened May 22, 1972. After a fire in 1975 the museum was reopened as the Fraser-Fort George Regional Museum. It remained essentially a history museum and research centre until reopening in 2001 as a museum and science centre. Highlights of the centre include:
  • A Paleontology Gallery which includes full-size dinosaur models and fossils from the area over 70 million years ago.
  • The Children's Gallery featuring a reconstruction of the paddleboat “Conveyor” that plied the rivers around Prince George in the early 1900s, a water-table where visitors can make their own river and a grove of Tree Tables with games and activities.
  • Hodul’eh-a, a gallery telling the story of the local Lheidli T’enneh First Nations people.
  • The Ted Williams History Hall, containing several interactive spaces; an actual billiards hall, a history of prisons in Prince George dating back to 1821 and a photo and map display telling the story of the three different Georges that make up the City of Prince George.
  • The Biome, a natural history gallery with an interactive floor, a revamped Nature Exchange, Wenzscope, and more.
  • Children's Programs, including Integrated Learning, Children's Camps, School Field Trips, Preschool Field Trips, Heritage Fair and Homeschooler Mondays.
As well as the "brick and mortar" museum it also offers Online Exhibits and an Online Research Database. Much of the centre is even available to rent. Groups may hold an event in the midst of live exhibits, under the dinosaurs, surrounded by Prince George's regional history or sports memorabilia. The museum will host meetings, press conferences, weddings, receptions, dinner parties, Christmas parties or other events.
Fort George Museum
The Fraser-Fort George Regional Museum, formerly known as Fort George Museum, was built in 1971 and opened on May 22, 1972 by Governor General Roland Michener. The museum was centrally located in the beautiful backdrop of Fort George Regional Park. Fort George Museum experienced a major fire in 1975 losing the three-year old building. Reconstruction of the museum was started in 1977. The official opening of the newly constructed museum was July 15, 1981 by Governor-General Ed Schreyer.

The museum acquires records relating directly to the human and natural history of the Fraser-Fort George Regional District from the first known post-European exploration by Alexander Mackenzie in 1793 until the end of World War II (with notable exceptions). Holdings include: personal papers, diaries, scrapbooks, and other documentation of the development of the Fraser-Fort George Regional District, one of the largest and most complete photographic collections in the Central Interior. L.C. Gunn collection (1895-1946), Northwood Pulp and Timber Corporate Archives (circa 1940-1980), Prince George and vicinity cemetery records, fire insurance maps, and regional aural history transcripts.
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Hours of Operation:
Open 9am to 5pm every day.
Closed on Christmas Day and New Years Day.

Admission Prices:
Family (2 adults + 4 children, 18 years & under) - $25.00
Adult - $11.00
Child (up to age 12; under 2 are free) - $8.00
Senior/student (60 years & over + must present valid ID) - $9.00
Person with Aide (Aide is free) - $8.00
All rates are subject to taxes

Approximate amount of time needed to fully experience the attraction: Half of a day (2-5 hours)

Transportation options to the attraction: Personal Vehicle or Public Transportation

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