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Robson, Diana Bizecki [1].

Connecting Students with Collections.

The greatest assets of Museums are their rich and varied collections of natural history specimens and historical artefacts. Visitor demand to see new things and a need to communicate the importance of collections for scientific research and conservation has driven The Manitoba Museum to engage the public in new ways. Since 2007 the Museum has been creating temporary exhibits featuring rarely seen specimens and artefacts. Behind-the-scenes tours have enabled University students, day camp children and the general public to see our collections rooms first hand and learn more about why they are important. Blogs now enable Curators to talk in an informal way about the exhibit creation process, interesting collections and experiences doing field work. Lastly, a new virtual exhibit called Prairie Pollination ( allows visitors to view specimens from the Museum’s plant and pollinator collection through the internet, along with information to put those collections in their environmental context. Five educational lesson plans using digital resources from the virtual exhibit were prepared that complement provincial curricula. All these endeavours have been positively received in the community and have helped us retain interest in our facility.

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Prairie Pollination
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The Manitoba Museum blogs

1 - The Manitoba Museum, Research, Collections & Exhibits, 190 Rupert Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3B 0N2, Canada

virtual exhibit

Presentation Type: Oral Paper:Papers for Sections
Session: 34
Location: Salon 9/The Shaw Conference Centre
Date: Tuesday, July 28th, 2015
Time: 8:30 AM
Number: 34003
Abstract ID:118
Candidate for Awards:None

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