Royal BC Museum in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
"It's a privilege to join the American Museum of Natural History in bringing this thrilling—and tragic—tale of exploration to the forefront," says Royal BC Museum CEO Pauline Rafferty. "In 2013, this exhibition will stir the imaginations of all British Columbians, since our province's own story is populated with its share of adventurers and trailblazers."
The Royal BC Museum (RBCM) holds British Columbia's history and heritage in its hands. To become the province's leading cultural centre is a natural fit for the RBCM. To accomplish this, the RBCM takes steps to connect more deeply with all British Columbians—on-site, off-site and on-line. The RBCM explores programs that bridge cultures, engage generations, and put the institution solidly on a path to become a centre for debate, reflection, and knowledge. The Royal BC Museum contributes to the entire province by preserving a provincial legacy, expressing the British Columbia identity through research and collections and mounting exhibitions that draw visitors from far and wide. Beyond British Columbia, the RBCM galleries have been emulated around the globe; and RBCM experts are world renowned in areas such as climate change, anthropology, botany, zoology and entomology. Today, the Royal BC Museum is dreaming big—to reach more British Columbians; forge stronger connections in communities and classrooms; exhibit and share British Columbia's stories; and inspire the people of British Columbia and visitors from all corners of the world.
Musée des Confluences, Lyon, France
"Through its questioning on science and society, the museum opens its doors to the world and wishes to get involved in national and international projects,” says Michel Côtè, director of the Musée des Confluences. “The collaboration with the AMNH for the Race to the End of the Earth exhibition gives the Museum of the Confluences the opportunity to present to its visitors, as soon as the museum opens, the question of climate change and the study of biodiversity on a preserved continent dedicated to science: Antarctica. This exhibition, written like an immersion tale about a poignant human adventure, also offers a diversity of programming to which the Museum of the Confluences is committed."
Already renowned for its archaeological heritage, the Rhône Dèpartement decided to establish the Musée des Confluences as an institution devoted to the relationship between science and society that will place Lyon among the world’s leading capitals of art and culture. Located at a superb, one-of-a-kind site at the confluence of the city’s two rivers, this museum will be a place where today’s major issues can be explained and debated—a place for coming together, thinking, debating, sharing, learning, and more. It will open its doors between the end of 2013 and the middle of 2014.