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Last Chance to Visit the Snakes at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum

Released on May 15, 2017

The hugely successful Royal Saskatchewan Museum (RSM) exhibit Snakes Alive closes in one week, on May 22, 2017.

The exhibit aimed to connect people with nature and it was successful with more than 139,000 visitors to the museum.  All of the nine species of snakes native to Saskatchewan were on exhibit.  By all accounts, they have been happy in their temporary homes over the past year, including one of the Plains Garter Snakes who gave birth to eleven babies.  At the close of the exhibit, the snakes will be returned to the wild at their original place of capture, including the babies with their mother.

Before they go, programming staff at the museum have planned a going away party.  The RSM is open 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. throughout the May long weekend, and guests will have a final opportunity to visit the RSM’s scaly friends.  Drop-in Snakes Alive stage shows will occur at 2:30 p.m. on both Sunday, May 21 and Monday, May 22.  Following the stage show on May 22, families can enjoy a slice of a goodbye “snake cake”.

“Snakes Alive has been a great exhibit at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Ken Cheveldayoff said.  “The exhibit was both visually stunning, educational and it attracted a huge number of new and repeat visitors to the museum.  I look forward to seeing the RSM’s next temporary exhibit, 150 for 150.”

Replacing Snakes Alive will be a new temporary exhibit; 150 for 150 will open on July 1, 2017.  The exhibit recognizes Canada 150 by displaying 150 items from the provincial natural history and fossil collections.  This exhibit features a special fundraising component, Adopt an Artifact.  Until December 31, 2017, the public can adopt one of the 150 species on display.  The names of those who adopt by June 21, 2017 will be featured in the exhibit.  Every adoption supports the 150 for 150 exhibit and the Friends of the Royal Saskatchewan Museum.

The RSM, located at 2445 Albert Street, is open daily from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.  Visit or call 306-787-2815.  Admission is by donation.


For more information, contact:

Jill Sveinson
Parks, Culture & Sport
Phone: 306-527-8152
Cell: 306-527-8152

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