“Epic is how I sum up our new exhibition season,” said Royal BC Museum Chief Executive Officer, Professor Jack Lohman. “Our museum team has assembled a world class line-up for visitors, featuring acclaimed international touring exhibitions and others newly created by the Royal BC Museum in collaboration with community partners to celebrate important provincial milestones.”
1. The new season opens Oct. 4 with Envisioning the World: The First Printed Maps, a stunning collection of rare maps, dating from the late-1400s, that portray early attempts to come to grips with the shape, size, and nature of the Earth and our solar system.
2. November 11, 2012: Two exhibitions that tell the stories of valour and service open in time for Remembrance events at the Royal BC Museum. The Navy – A Century in Art makes its first British Columbia appearance as part of a cross-Canada tour organized by the Canadian War Museum. To mark this year’s centennial of The Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary’s), the Royal BC Museum and the regiment will present For Valour – The Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary’s) 100 Years of Service in Peace and War
3. The wildly popular Wildlife Photographer of the Year from London’s Natural History Museum returns Nov. 30 with the winning entries from the 2012 world competition. The striking exhibition features 100 large-scale, back-lit photographs chosen from more than 48,000 international entries from 98 countries in 19 categories, including Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Gerald Durrell Award for Endangered Wildlife, World in Our Hands and Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year.
4. Opening Feb. 7, 2012, Tradition in Felicities – Celebrating 155 years of Victoria’s Chinatown tells the remarkable story of the growth and development of Canada’s first Chinatown and the cultural ties that continue to bind it inextricably to the Greater Victoria community. The Royal BC Museum is working to conserve the oldest-known Chinese lantern, an artifact that exemplifies the endurance of Chinatown’s heritage. A multi-media exhibition will share personal vignettes from elders who helped build Chinatown into the vibrant community it remains today.
5. The season finale opens May 17, 2013 for a five-month summer engagement. Race to the End of the Earth
recounts one of the most stirring tales of Antarctic exploration: the epic quest to be the first to reach the
South Pole in 1911-1912.
NOTE: The museum is three blocks from our hotel and complimentary shuttle service is available on request for house guests.
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