The Grande Prairie Museum, Heritage Discovery Centre, Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum and Veterans Memorial Gardens & Interpretive Centre invite all members of the community to join in free events and activities on Sunday, August 29 to commemorate International Museum Day.
Each facility is featuring free admission and activities from 10: a.m. – 5: 00 p.m. Free shuttle service is available between all locations with service every 40 minutes.
Leading up the event, a virtual scavenger hunt is also taking place with all locations participating from August 20- 29. Participants can play at their own pace competing challenges to earn points and enter for a chance to win great prizes.
For full event details, visit cityofgp.com/IMD2021.
The following are some of the feature exhibits that will be on display for the event:
“Recycling Then & Now” at the Grande Prairie Museum to show how people have recycled since ancient times to now for a variety of reasons from saving the environment or out of necessity during wartimes
“And They’re Off: A History of Sport in Grande Prairie” at the Heritage Discovery Centre to trace the history of sports in the community, including the first baseball game in Grande Prairie that took place in 1910- a year before the City was even founded!
“The Burgess Shale Quilts” at the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum showcasing a series of quits inspired by the strange creatures of the Burgess Shale
“Species at Risk” at the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum about species at risk in Alberta
“Operation Northwest Alberta Soldier” at the Veterans Memorial Gardens for visitors to explore what life was like for soldiers during WWII
The International Council of Museums (ICOM) chose the theme “the Future of Museums: Recover and Reimagine”, International Museum Day 2021 invites museums, their professionals and communities to create, imagine and share new practices of (co-)creation of value, new business models for cultural institutions and innovative solutions for the social, economic and environmental challenges of the present.
The ICOM has celebrated International Museum Day since 1977 to raise awareness about the importance that museums have in promoting cultural connections, understanding and community. In 2017, more than 37,000 museums participated in the event in over 150 countries. Grande Prairie has participated since 2014.