As another year comes to a close, I want to thank the community of Tumbler Ridge, our visitors, and partners throughout the Peace Region for your continued support and belief in our vision – it’s what keeps us going through challenging times. As we reflect on the last several months, we have had much to celebrate this year.
Visitor numbers have held strong, and our summer tour guide single-handedly delivered 51 Cabin Pool and 30 Lantern Tours throughout July and August. Two new temporary exhibits were installed in the main gallery space, and several research projects were undertaken.
We continued to deliver drop-in programs and offered many of our services to the best of our ability while facing down an ongoing pandemic, an active wildfire season, heat waves, and recruitment challenges. I admire the resiliency and flexibility of museum staff and their determination to “make it work”.
We are also incredibly excited to finally move from planning to doing on several major projects, both for the Museum and in close collaboration with the Geopark. To date we have secured investments of over $500,000 in support of a major upgrade to the Dinosaur Discovery Gallery, a heavy collections storage and display upgrade, a contribution to the construction of the Geo Interpretive Centre, a new state of the art collections database with public portal, an online exhibition with Digital Museums Canada, and the development of virtual tours. These projects will begin to roll out in late 2022 and continue over the next four years.
And so - on behalf of the board and staff of the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation, I wish you all light and laughter this holiday season!
Thank you again for all your support - we'll see you soon.
Executive Director, TRMF
In an unprecedented and remarkable example of collaboration between industry and science in Tumbler Ridge, 112 million-year-old crocodylian swim traces have a home in the Tumbler Ridge Museum.
We've had a productive year and have exciting insights to share... We can't wait to tell you about what has been going on behind the scenes at the museum!
Linuparus qualitus is on display now in the Dinosaur Discovery Gallery.