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Museum honours Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with special exhibit

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Platinum specimens in the exhibit.

OTTAWA, March 9, 2022 – In celebration of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 70th anniversary on the throne, the Canadian Museum of Nature has created a special exhibit of Canadian currency, postage stamps, and platinum specimens from the museum’s mineral collection. The Platinum Jubilee display opened to the public on March 2 and will remain on view throughout 2022.

On February 6, 1952, Queen Elizabeth ascended the throne, following the death of her father, King George VI. For decades, her image has been represented everywhere in the Commonwealth and her presence has graced many venerable institutions, including the Canadian Museum of Nature.

“Our Queens’ Lantern—the beautiful glass tower gracing the front of our museum—was named in honour of both the current Queen and her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria”, explains Meg Beckel, President and CEO of the museum. “We’re delighted to have this new exhibit in our Lantern, and we offer congratulations and good wishes to Her Majesty on the occasion of her Platinum Jubilee.”

The Canadian Museum of Nature was originally named the Victoria Memorial Museum, and visitors can still see those words carved in the stonework above the main doors. In 1903, not long after Queen Victoria’s death, the Canadian government commissioned architect David Ewart to design a national museum building. The handsome edifice is Canada’s first purpose-built national museum.

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The Queens’ Lantern replaced the original stone tower, which had to be removed in 1915 due to its heavy weight and the problem of the building’s slow sinking into the clay soil underneath. Queen Elizabeth and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, were present for the official naming of the Queens’ Lantern in 2010. The guestbook they signed during this momentous event is featured in the exhibit.

Also on display are newly-released commemorative pieces: beautiful collector coins from the Royal Canadian Mint and a special stamp from Canada Post.

The Platinum Jubilee display was made in partnership with—and artifacts are on loan from—the Bank of Canada Museum, Canada Post Corporation, and Royal Canadian Mint. It is part of several activities taking place across Canada. Learn more at: canada.ca/platinum-jubilee

The exhibit is included with museum admission. Timed-ticketing is in effect. Advance tickets are recommended and can be purchased on nature.ca.

The museum is located at 240 McLeod Street in Ottawa, and is open from Wednesday to Sunday. For information about hours, consult nature.ca/en/plan-your-visit/hours.

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Fun facts about platinum:

  • Platinum is among the rarest elements in the Earth’s crust, about as rare as gold (Au).
  • It is referred to as a noble metal for its tendency to be chemically unreactive and impervious to corrosion.
  • Platinum is almost always associated with other elements, such as ruthenium (Ru), rhodium (Rh), palladium (Pd), osmium (Os), and iridium (Ir). Together, these are known as the Platinum Group Elements, or PGEs. Canada is the third largest producer of PGEs, after South Africa and Russia.  

About the Canadian Museum of Nature 
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

For more information:
Dan Smythe
Media Relations
Canadian Museum of Nature
613-698-9253
dsmythe@nature.ca

Laura Sutin
Media Relations
Canadian Museum of Nature
613-698-7142
lsutin@nature.ca