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New Exhibit at Royal Saskatchewan Museum Opens Canada Day

Released on June 28, 2017

A brand new exhibit, 150 for 150, is opening July 1, 2017 at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum (RSM).

Museums like the RSM collect and study specimens to better understand the life around us and to preserve them for generations to come.  150 for 150 recognizes the 150th year of Confederation by displaying 150 items from the provincial natural history and fossil collections.  With more than 54,000 fossils, and 185,000 plants, animals and fungi to choose from, curators selected 150 species for guests to see up close.

“The Royal Saskatchewan Museum staff have brought to life an exhibit that tells a Saskatchewan and Canadian story,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Ken Cheveldayoff said.  “Featuring specimens from the caribou to the Saskatoon berry to the tooth of a Tyrannosaurus rex, this exhibit will educate and inspire.  150 for 150 is sure to be a great experience for all visitors.”

Visitors will have an opportunity to view rarely-seen specimens and learn about how RSM curators know when a new species is discovered, how species get their names and why their names are important.  The exhibit features invasive, extinct, newly discovered and common species.  Visitors will see a variety of organisms, from very tiny insects to large mammals and dinosaur fossils.  In addition, guests can get their picture taken with a caribou beautifully framed in giant 150 numbers.

There is also an opportunity to submit suggestions to name a recently discovered and as-of-yet unnamed 99 million-year-old ant that was trapped in amber.  150 for 150 also features a fundraising component.  Until December 31, 2017, the public can adopt one of the 150 species on display through the Adopt an Artifact fundraiser.  Every adoption supports the 150 for 150 exhibit and the Friends of the Royal Saskatchewan Museum.

Throughout the season, the RSM will provide ongoing 150 for 150 programming in addition to regular summer programming.  The RSM, located at 2445 Albert Street, is open daily, including Canada Day, from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Visit www.royalsaskmuseum.ca or call 306-787-2815.  Admission is by donation.

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For more information, contact:

Jill Sveinson
Parks, Culture and Sport
Regina
Phone: 306-787-5781
Email: jill.sveinson@gov.sk.ca
Cell: 306-527-8152

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