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Royal B.C. Museum brings natural history pop-up tents to Colwood

Tents were set up at Juan de Fuca Library, Esquimalt Lagoon, Royal Beach Park
Kim Gough, the learning program developer at the museum, said the event presented an opportunity to bring the museum to Colwood. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

The Royal B.C. Museum held research pop-up tents in Colwood on Saturday, Sept. 25 to bring awareness to the museum’s programs, collections and exhibitions.

Kim Gough, the museum’s learning program developer, said that the outreach program is for those who can’t always make it to the museum itself.

“We wanted to reintroduce ourselves to Colwood and let folks know about our new collections and research building that is coming to the area,” said Gough in an interview with Black Press Media.

Gough and her colleagues set up one of the three white tents at Esquimalt Lagoon, bringing items such as birds and turtles from their handling collection to the noon pop-up. The theme was ‘Birds and More – fascinating facts and answers to visitors.’

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There was also a historical mystery set up outside of Juan de Fuca Library and a mammoth discovery tent at Royal Beach Park, complete with a mammoth tooth replica and a piece from a real tusk.

At all three locations, visitors were invited to play museum and archives trivia, and earn prizes.

“We are looking forward to introducing, or in many cases re-introducing, Colwood residents to all of the fun activities that take place at the museum,” said Hanna Cho, head of learning and community engagement at Royal B.C. Museum, in a release. “We are excited to get to meet our new neighbours and learn about the Colwood community.”

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