The Exploration Place has missed its visitors just as much as the community has missed walking through its doors to experience exhibits, participate in programs, and interact with the Animal Ambassadors. The museum closed in March 2020 at the onset of COVID-19 and has remained closed as the building goes through a major renovation.
Construction continues, but an exciting new partnership between The Exploration Place and Pine Centre has just launched. The shopping centre has donated one of its for-lease spaces to the non-profit museum for a pop-up location from the end of November until mid-April.
The scaled-down museum includes exhibits, fun and educational programming for school-age kids, and a gift shop section with merchandise, including the well-loved Mr. PG plushies. The popular KEVA program will also be on site. All programs will require pre-registration, and COVID-19 protocols are in place.
The featured national travelling exhibit in the museum gallery was slated to be Trailblazing: Women in Canada since 1867 from the Waterloo Region Museum. This exhibit explores how women have transformed Canadian politics, work and everyday life. The exhibit was on schedule to arrive in time for the pop-up’s grand opening, but the tragic flooding and infrastructure damage in the Lower Mainland has delayed its arrival until early 2022.
In the meantime, enjoy a festive Christmas display (perfect for a photo op) with a rideable replica of Champ, the Northern Hardware horse, and trees decorated with ornaments from The Exploration Place’s Heritage Tree. Like a traditional family tree, the Heritage Tree houses a collection of community memories from Prince George citizens that are part of the museum’s permanent collection. There is still plenty of room for memories, and you are invited to come and take your place in the growing history of the museum family tree.