Gallery Named for Man who Celebrated Exploration Place
George Phillips' sons, Charles and Marty, at the entrance of the gallery named after their father – photo 250News
Prince George, B.C. – A triple celebration at the Exploration Place in Prince George.
A full house was on hand last evening to see the two new exhibits; the new sturgeon tank (show at right) the Kids Celebrate exhibit and to officially open the George Phillips Exhibit Gallery.
The late George Phillips was the catalyst for changing a stagnant museum with a handful of members, into the Exploration Place that has become home to interactive, educational exhibits and an ever increasing membership.
He was hired in 1992, and was successful in securing funds for the construction of the current facility. Although he would later move his family to Markham Ontario to tackle another museum in need of rejuvenation, his impact on the Exploration Place in Prince George would be his legacy to the community of Prince George and the Regional District of Fraser Fort George.
The first exhibit in the newly named gallery, is the “Kids Celebrate” exhibit from the Canadian Museum of Civilization.
( at left, two young folk explore one section of the Kids Celebrate exhibit)
The interactive exhibit explores how children and their families from across the country celebrate a variety of occasions. The National Museum of Civilization describes the exhibit as one that will “help children discover both commonalities and differences among various celebrations and realize that the tradition of celebrating is something everyone shares. The exhibition Kids Celebrate! shows them how celebrations are more than just fun and games — they are community and family rituals derived from ancient traditions”.
To welcome the exhibit, Exploration Place celebrated by welcoming the Lheidli T’enneh Khast’an Drummers, a First Nations Jingle Dress Dancer, a classic Thai dancer and the Raqqaset Al Qamar Dancers.