Museum staff Sandra Parrish and Tona McMurran pose for a selfie with Mr. Tyee. 

Local celebration set for International Museum Day

Every year since 1977 the International Council of Museums has coordinated events around the world to celebrate International Museum Day on May 18.

The objective of these celebrations is to raise awareness of the fact that, “Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among people.”

The Museum at Campbell River saw almost 28,000 visitors in 2015, which shows just how relevant it remains to the community.

“Museums today are not just about collecting artifacts.  We use the term ‘living history’ at the Museum at Campbell River to stress the importance of keeping the stories of the past alive and meaningful for today” says Executive Director Sandra Parrish.

This year, to celebrate International Museum Day, there will be free admission from 10-5 as the museum begins to open early for summer hours.  In addition, guests will get a small gift from the Museum Gift Shop, and from 3-5 p.m. there will be refreshments.  Making a special appearance in the afternoon will be Campbell River’s favourite mascot – Mr. Tyee, who will be happy to pose in selfies.

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