HALIFAX – Nova Scotians will have an opportunity to learn about the incredible story of exploration and discovery in the Canadian Arctic that began a century ago.
The travelling exhibition, Expedition: Arctic, produced by the Canadian Museum of Civilization in collaboration with the Canadian Museum of Nature, will visit the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax from April 30 to July 21. It features dozens of artifacts of the Arctic Expedition's years of travel on sea, ice and land.
"The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic helps Nova Scotians build an appreciation of our marine history, our continuing role in exploring and mapping the oceans and the development of innovative research and technology," Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leonard Preyra said in a news release. "Bringing this artifact-rich exhibition to Nova Scotia gives visitors a chance to explore the life, culture, heritage and landscape of the Arctic.
The voyage of discovery revealed in this exhibition coincides with a time when the museum ship CSS Acadia surveyed waters of the Eastern Arctic on its inaugural mission.
"Expedition: Arctic is an excellent complement to CSS Acadia's 100th anniversary celebration this year," said Mr. Preyra.
The exhibition revisits the triumphs and tragedies of the Canadian Arctic Expedition of 1913-1918, which claimed the lives of 17 men, most of whom were lost to exposure, mishap or starvation. It also helps people understand Canada's Western Arctic and the cultures of its First Peoples.
"We are very pleased to share the story of one of the greatest voyages of discovery and exploration in the North with the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic," said Mark O'Neill, president and CEO of the Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation. "Through our travelling exhibitions, we broaden our audiences, and reach Canadians wherever they live so that we can share the stories that have helped to shape our country."
Expedition: Arctic is the first of four exhibits that the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and Museum of Natural History will host this summer that explore the north and include northern themes. For More information, go to http://museum.gov.ns.ca/mmanew . Follow the Nova Scotia Museum on Twitter @ns_museum.