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The Exploration Place remains closed, ‘pauses’ memberships

Tracy Calogheros

The Exploration Place Museum and Science Centre, which closed March 13 due to physical distancing guidelines, remains closed.

“While all of us hoped to be able to announce a re-opening date for the museum, we are not yet at that point,” said Tracy Calogheros, CEO, in a news release. “Our decision-making is being guided by the data-driven recommendations of Canada’s top medical professionals and scientists. Right now all we know for sure, is that it is not yet safe for us to reopen.”

As a result, the museum will “pause” all existing museum memberships, effective from the date it closed on March 13.

“We wanted to make sure that our members know that they are on our minds as we work through this crisis together,” said Calogheros. “Essentially, regardless of the existing policy that says that memberships are non-refundable, we decided to modify that during this crisis. Therefore, if you have a membership to the museum we will extend your expiry date by the same amount of time that we are closed down.”

The Exploration Place has made the decision to have over 90 per cent of its staff work from home and encourages all of its visitors and members to do the same if they possibly can.  Staying home now is the best way to help not just your own families but the community as a whole.  The museum would also like to thank all who are going into work to serve your neighbours in all essential areas.

“We really do miss everyone in our galleries and we are doing our best to connect with all of you on-line, through our various social media channels,” said Calogheros. “Our daily, 10 a.m. Facebook Live broadcasts on the Hell Yeah Prince George Facebook Page, are featuring both our Animal Ambassadors and our Collections Vault, with staff experts on hand to answer questions in real time.” Follow us or just search #ExPlace on Facebook to find our various posts from videos to ThrowBack Thursdays and more.

At this time, no decisions have been made about the Summer Science Alliance or Fort George Explorers Camps.

“Stay safe at home,” said Tracy Calogheros, “the data shows that we are making headway collectively and I believe that we will beat this together.”

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