There are many new and exciting items arriving at the museum gift shop.
Just in is a delivery from the UK-based “Elite” tins. A favourite from amongst their giftware is the Emma Bridgewater designed children’s dishes. Each set consists of a dinosaur themed plate, bowl and cup – all contained within a matching carry case. An adorable pattern and very high quality item.
This would be a terrific gift for any young dinosaur fan. Easter is coming and if you are looking for something a bit different than the usual candy or rabbit stuffy here is a great alternative.
You might have heard that the museum is popular with students interested in our fossil programmes. After all, almost 7 000 pupils from near and far took part in palaeontology classes during the 2015/2016 school year. But did you know that we offer everything from Early Settlement to Courtenay Riverway Walks?
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This March is “Silver Sale” month at the museum gift shop. We have a limited amount of silver plated and pewter items discounted a whopping 50% off the original ticketed price. These items are perfect for a wedding or anniversary, or a very “west coast” gift for visitors from aboard.
Items available at time of publication include: salmon or frog design servers, cheese knife, frog design bowl, cake server, napkin rings, bottle stoppers, and jewellery boxes.
As the saying goes “hurry in while supplies last!”
Excitement is building for the Spring Fling and Easter Things event held here at the museum on Saturday, April 1 from 11 am to 2 pm.
Please join us for a petting zoo courtesy of the Shamrock Gumboots 4H Club as well as games, crafts, mascot visits and more.
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Did you know that the Courtenay and District Museum offers children’s birthday party packages? Two different options are available and both include a 15% discount for museum members.
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By CDM Board Member Rick Ross
It is with much sadness we note the passing of Dr. Rolf Ludvigsen on December 10, 2016.
Rolf was an amazing person, a world renowned trilobite Paleontologist, a teacher, an author, and to many, a friend.
I first met Rolf in the early 80’s in the old Paleo Hut across from the current Courtenay Museum. He was sorting through fossils and holding court to many and all who came by. As avid amateurs, he patiently answered our questions and with dry wit pushed us to know more about fossils and their science.
He will be remembered fondly by many volunteers who assisted him in excavating the Elasmosaur found by Mike and Heather Trask on the banks of the Puntledge River. He was a resource and mentor to many who attended the British Columbia Palaeontological Association (BCPA) symposia and edited the BCPA newsletter. Rolf was a founding member of the BCPA giving a voice to the province’s fossil heritage.
As an author, Rolf published numerous scientific papers on his favorite subject–trilobites. Rolf also produced a newsletter for various trilobite researchers around the world from his home on Denman Island. His popular book, West Coast Fossils, co-authored with Graham Beard, is still sought after by worldwide collectors. Rolf also wrote Life in Stone: A Natural History of British Columbia’s Fossils.
The museum will be closed over the holidays. Last day open: Friday, December 23, 2016. First day back: Tuesday, January 3, 2017.
As the festive season approaches, the Courtenay and District Museum board and staff would like to extend wishes to all for a wonderful and safe holiday.
Season’s Greetings and Happy New Year to you and yours!
Time and Date: 1-4pm, Saturday, October 22, 2016
Location: Rotary Gallery of the Courtenay and District Museum
Drop by to enjoy cake and coffee with birthday girl Judy Hagen and friends. No gifts please but contributions to the museum’s endowment fund would be welcomed.
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The museum is now operating on our winter hours schedule. Please note that we are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm.