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Canadian Museum of Nature announces support for Nature After 5 – free general museum admission on Thursday evenings

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Ottawa, March 7, 2019 – Access to the Canadian Museum of Nature on Thursday evenings is getting a boost from some special partners. Both Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life and Ashbury College, are now supporting Nature After 5, the Museum’s ongoing free Thursday evenings. This free general admission offering allows the public to visit the museum’s permanent exhibitions showcasing dinosaurs, mammals, minerals and other natural history treasures every Thursday from 5 pm to 8 pm.

“Natural history museums serve an important role in introducing people of all ages to the wonders of the natural world through exhibitions and programs anchored by our scientific research”, says Meg Beckel, President and CEO of the Canadian Museum of Nature. “We’re delighted to welcome Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life and Ashbury College in supporting our mission to inspire Canadians about the importance of nature and the sustainability of our planet.”

“Supporting charitable organizations across the country is one of the ways our company gives back to Canadians,” says Debbie Down, Director, Community Relations, Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life. “The Canadian Museum of Nature’s Nature After 5 program is a great example of how providing a free opportunity for community members to visit the museum has the potential to enrich their lives, and we’re proud to be a part of this project.”

Ashbury College is an Ottawa-based, independent school. Norman Southward, Ashbury Head of School, says: “With over one third of our graduating students heading into science or engineering programs, we understand the need to support innovative lines of discovery and critical thinking, including those inspired by natural history.”

Museum visitors on Thursday evenings can enjoy free access to the:

  • Fossil Gallery, with hundreds of fossils and several complete dinosaur skeletons
  • Mammal Gallery, with beautiful historical dioramas of iconic Canadian animals
  • Water Gallery, with a 19-metre real Blue Whale skeleton
  • Earth Gallery, with dazzling rocks and minerals, unique interactives about geological forces
  • Nature Live, with terraria of live creatures
  • Bird Gallery, featuring the more than 450 species that are found in Canada, and the
  • Canada Goose Arctic Gallery, about the ecosystems, geography, climate, and people of the Canadian Arctic. (A fee applies for Special Exhibitions).

The museum welcomes around 900 visitors each Thursday evening. Many families beeline for Nature Trade, a popular program that’s been running for more than 30 years. Personally-collected fossils, rocks, empty shells, plants or other natural-history treasures can be brought for identification, information, points rewards, or to trade for another item.

Visitors can also pop into the museum’s Theatre to take in an awe-inspiring nature movie. Until April 4, 2019, there will be screenings of BBC Earth: Dynasties, narrated by renowned naturalist and filmmaker, Sir David Attenborough. On other Thursdays, nature-documentary enthusiasts can catch quality productions, such as The Wild Canadian Year*, from the creators of the acclaimed Wild Canada series (*four screenings on Thursday evenings: two in English, two in French).

The museum is located at 240 McLeod Street, Ottawa. Hours until June 1 are Tuesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursday until 8 p.m. (Also open Mondays during holiday periods). From June 1 to Labour Day, the museum is open daily. For details, including fees and hours, visit nature.ca. Follow the Museum on Twitter (@museumofnature), Instagram (museumofnature) and Facebook.

About the Museum
The Canadian Museum of Nature is Canada's national museum of natural history and natural sciences. The museum provides evidence-based insights, inspiring experiences and meaningful engagement with nature's past, present and future. It achieves this through scientific research, a 14.6-million-specimen collection, education programs, signature and travelling exhibitions, and a dynamic web site, nature.ca.

About Great West Life, London Life, Canada Life
Great-West Life, together with London Life and Canada Life, are leading Canadian insurers focused on improving the financial, physical and mental well-being of Canadians. Our customers across Canada have trusted us to provide for their financial security needs and deliver on the promises we have made. Together, we serve the financial security needs of 13 million people across Canada. As an Imagine Caring Company supporting the principles of corporate citizenship and benchmarks for community investment established by Imagine Canada, our companies contribute at least one per cent of pre-tax profit in support of the communities where our employees and customers live and work. This includes $13.3 million in charitable contributions in 2018.

About Ashbury College
Founded in 1891 Ashbury College is an independent IB World school for boys and girls in Grades 4 to 12. It works with community and educational organizations that align with the school’s mission of engaging students in a dynamic learning environment and inspiring them to become intellectually curious, compassionate, and responsible citizens.


Information for media:

Laura Sutin
Canadian Museum of Nature

Dan Smythe
Canadian Museum of Nature
613-566-4781/ cell: 613-698-9253

Liz Kulyk
Great West Life, London Life and Canada Life