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Canadian Museum of Nature Unveils Stellar 2013 Season

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Highlights Include the Museum's Renewed Vale Earth Gallery, an Ant Invasion, and Celebrations about Canada's Arctic

Ottawa, November 7, 2012—The Canadian Museum of Nature's 2013 season reveals a year of discovery. Whether exploring the depths of the Earth or the hidden world of ants, viewing the thought-provoking photos of Edward Burtynsky or celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first Canadian Arctic Expedition, there will be lots to experience at the museum in the coming year.

The new season will also present more nature-art exhibitions, see the launch of a new monthly series for adults called Nature Nocturne, and offer nature-themed festivals in April and November.

"We have a top-notch line-up for visitors to explore, connect with, and be inspired by our natural world," says Meg Beckel, CEO and President of the Canadian Museum of Nature. "In addition, we are launching new programmes for both adults and children that reflect the museum's role as not only a national visitor destination, but also as a community gathering place."

Visitors to the Canadian Museum of Nature can look forward to eight new exhibitions as well as new events at the museum's historic Victoria Memorial Museum Building in downtown Ottawa:

  • November 30, 2012: The reopening of a renewed and expanded Vale Earth Gallery. This permanent attraction will sparkle with more than 1000 rocks and minerals (many from the museum's collection), provide hands-on activities that reveal the relevance of geology and minerals to everyday life, and offer unique experiences—among them, making granite from magma, building a volcano, and exploring a limestone cave.
  • January 2013: Nature Nocturne, a new monthly series will transform the traditional museum experience into an energetic evening featuring artists, great food, music and more. Held on the last Friday of each month, the museum will become a unique "date night" venue for adults.
  • June 1 to September 2, 2013: Edward Burtynsky: Oil, produced by the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., U.S.A., and made possible with the support of Scotiabank, features over 50 photographs by the internationally renowned Canadian photographer. Oil captures the impact of petroleum's development on people, cities and the environment and presents a social and ecological message that is both disturbing and thought-provoking.
  • July 25, 2013, to January 5, 2014: Explore the world of ants with Farmers, Warriors, Builders: The Hidden Life of Ants, from the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. Adventurer Mark W. Moffett captures the complex lifestyle of ants—how they hunt, communicate, and tackle agriculture— in a collection of images that will captivate adults and kids alike.
  • September 21, 2013, to May 14, 2014: Frogs – A Chorus of Colours, returns from Reptiland in Pennsylvania, U.S.A. This colourful show is notable both for its riveting species of amphibians and the beautiful mini-habitats in which they're displayed.

Returning to the museum as part of the museum's Nature Art series will be two popular exhibitions developed with community partners:

  • March 21 to 24, 2013: Ikebana: Horizon features the botanical creations of the Ottawa Chapter of Ikebana International. This annual show is now in its 29th year at the museum.
  • May 15 to July 7, 2013: Award-winning photos from Canadian Geographic's national photo contest will grace the museum's walls in the Canadian Wildlife Photography of the Year exhibition.

In 2013, to celebrate the centennial of the first Canadian Arctic Expedition, the museum will launch Extraordinary Arctic, a year-long programme of events and activities. Highlights include:

  • February 2013: The museum will kick off its Arctic theme with some evening events to explore hot topics and trends during Ottawa's world-famous Winterlude festival.
  • April 2013: A festival throughout the month will feature a series of lectures, films and family and adult-focused activities presented in collaboration with partners including the National Film Board, Students on Ice and the National Arts Centre (as part of its Northern Scene performance series). The museum will also showcase large-format photographs of 100-year-old plant specimens acquired during the Canadian Arctic Expedition of 1913–1916.
  • July 2013: For Canada Day, an installation of spectacular Arctic images called Pathway to the Arctic will be installed outdoors at the museum.
  • November 2013: Tales from the Field will put the work of the museum's scientists and experts front and centre with presentations about their research in the Arctic and other locales around the world. As well, a unique Open House will offer behind-the-scenes visits to the museum's collections, housed in the museum's research and collections facility in Gatineau, Quebec.

Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disasters, a colourful and information-packed exhibition about earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes and volcanoes, continues at the museum until May 5, 2013. It was developed by The Field Museum in Chicago, U.S.A., with Allstate Insurance Company of Canada as the tour sponsor.

The Canadian Museum of Nature is located at 240 McLeod Street, Ottawa. Until May 1, the museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, with extended hours on Thursday until 8:00 pm. (Also open Mondays during holiday periods). From May 1 to Labour Day, the museum is open seven days a week. A surcharge applies for entry to the Nature Unleashed, Burtynsky and the Frogs exhibitions. For details, including fees and hours, visit nature.ca.

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Elizabeth McCrea
Director, Marketing and Communications
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Dan Smythe
Senior Media Relations Officer
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