Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum Partners with National Geographic
In May 2015, even prior to opening, the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum became the only museum in Canada to hold a partner agreement with National Geographic for their theatre. In addition to showing great films, this partnership will enable the museum to implement National Geographic programs and resources at a local level. The Aykroyd Family Theatre in the museum will host over 600 screenings a year, commencing in September 2015 when the museum opens its doors to the public.
“We are excited to have the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum on board as a National Geographic partner theatre,” says Mark Katz, President of Distribution for National Geographic Studios based in New York. "In addition to helping us bring more of our engaging 2D and 3D films to a larger audience, their immersive educational approach helps us further our mission of inspiring people to care about the planet.”
In preparation for opening, the museum is producing its own documentary film about the museum and the palaeontology education treasures it houses. Currently, the theatre is being dressed in a custom mural that evokes the bone-beds.
“We are thrilled to be a National Geographic partner because it enhances our ability to entertain and educate the public about science. This world-class facility in Wembley northern Alberta is situated minutes from one of the densest dinosaur bone-bed sites in the world so visitors can understand the process from field to finish,” says founding President & CEO, George Jacob.
Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum is an international institute for experiential learning dedicated to Alberta’s palaeontological heritage through research, collection, preservation, exhibition, public programming, publications and innovative outreach. For more information: www.dinomuseum.ca.
The National Geographic Society has been inspiring people to care about the planet since 1888. It is one of the largest nonprofit scientific and educational institutions in the world. Its interests include geography, archaeology and natural science, and the promotion of environmental and historical conservation.