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New traveling exhibit Innovation by Imitation – Biomimicry now at The Exploration Place

The Exploration Place Museum and Science Centre is now home to a fascinating exhibit looking at the inspiration humans have found in nature as we have developed technologies to solve challenges.

Innovation by Imitation – Biomimicry helps us reconnect with our innate need to live in harmony with nature.  The development of ingenious, biomimetic design solutions for complex problems have been used in everything from jet propulsion in planes to navigation systems in autonomous vehicles.  This interactive and entirely bilingual exhibit opened, for the first time in Canada, here in Prince George on Friday.

“Supporting partner institutions from across Canada has allowed us to access significant savings to host exhibits like Biomimicry,” said Tracy Calogheros, CEO of the Exploration Place Museum + Science Centre. “For the simple price of a support letter, the Sherbrooke Museum was able to access funding from Canadian Heritage which allows them to create these world class exhibitions and share them with Canadians from Coast to Coast to Coast.”

This exhibit was developed in partnership with Musee de l’Ingeniosite J. Armand Bombardier, the Sherbrooke Museum of Nature and Science and the Granby Zoo.  It opened at the Exploration Place in Prince George, beginning a tour that will take it across the country.

“We are the first stop on the national tour for this exhibit,” said Alyssa Leier, Curator. “It’s great to be able to bring such an interesting and timely topic to Prince George in an affordable way.”

This exhibit will be on display in the George Phillips Exhibit Gallery at the Exploration Place until September 2.  There is no extra charge to explore this exhibit as it is included in regular admission to the museum.  Programs tailored to the exhibit are available for school and community groups and will be featured during our Science Alliance and Fort George Explorers Summer Day Camps; contact Rocheall at the Museum to book.

“You know, if you are going to be traveling this summer you should just buy one of our family memberships,” said Leier, “not only is Biomimicry included in your membership fees, but you get free access to science centres across Canada and the U.S. It’s the best deal going in town and on the road.”

What’s next at your Museum? Stay tuned in mid-September for another National Launch for VibraSound.

“It isn’t every day we get to be the very first community to explore a brand new traveling exhibition,” said Calogheros, “and this year we get to do that twice.”

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