This weekend marks an important milestone in Surrey’s journey as an evolving, thriving city – the September 29th grand opening of Museum of Surrey located at 17710 56A Ave is a bash you will want to bring the whole family to! This fun-filled day is an opportunity to become acquainted with the 36,000 sq. ft hub that is proudly accessible for all who wish to explore, engage or simply relax in an inviting space. The dynamic exhibits, the TD Explore Zone and the Indigenous Hall set the stage for hands-on learning and connection through storytelling. A long-awaited, cultural space like this is sure to enhance your experience as a Surrey resident – so join the celebration!
The space will officially open at 11 am when the ribbon will be cut and an Indigenous welcome given by Mayor Linda Hepner and Surrey City Council members. Visitors will be treated to performances by popular children’s artists Bobs & Lolo, as well as cultural dances by Van City Bhangra, Shao Lin Hung Gar Lion Dance, and Ache Brasil. The performances and ceremonies will wrap up by 3 pm.
At some point during the day, be sure to visit the Textile Centre where fall programming is already scheduled for children and adults who wish to learn the arts of sewing, rug hooking, weaving and more, taught by industry experts. You can also witness the unveiling of the Photo Mural Project with approximately 2000 photos provided by Surrey residents, like yourself.
And of course, you’ve likely already heard about the blockbuster exhibit: Dinosaurs Unearthed! Exciting and interactive, this exhibition showcases a range of feathered and fierce dinosaurs from the Jurassic and Cretaceous Periods. But they’re only around for a limited time so make it a point to stop by this fall or winter before they go extinct! Don’t miss this chance to hear the roars of dinosaurs, dig in the dirt pit, slide out of a T-Rex skull and touch fossils. If you like the extra thrill of an after-dark behind-the-scenes tour of the Dinosaurs Unearthed exhibit (featuring live music and alcoholic/non-alcoholic refreshments), circle November 15 on your calendar and register online, by phone or in person. (Details below).
To get you egg-cited over this exhibit, you may have noticed giant dinosaur eggs resting outside of recreation centres across Surrey. Did you know that if you take a photo of yourself with one of the eggs, post it online tagging @MuseumofSurrey and #MoS, you’ll be entered to win $500? You have to be quick, though. The eggs are going to hatch this weekend. Friday September 28 is the deadline to post your pics. The winner will be announced on Saturday at the grand opening. You can find the eggs at Cloverdale Recreation Centre, Guildford Recreation Centre, Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre, Newton Recreation Centre, North Surrey Recreation Centre and Surrey Sports & Leisure Complex.
The events calendar at Museum of Surrey is already teeming with vibrant drop-in programs that are always free (thanks to sponsorship by the Friends of the Museum & Archives Society). Be sure to grab their brochure at the grand opening to find what appeals to you. With such offerings as Sketching with Dinosaurs to a Latin Fiesta to A Very Vintage Christmas there is sure to be something for everyone.
In addition to the exhibitions, drop-in events and programming, Museum of Surrey is a public space available for rentals and special events. Situated in Heritage Square which includes the Anderson Cabin, the 1881 Town Hall and Anniedale School, it really is a special part of our city, and a fitting space for moving forward as a community.
Whether you are a student looking for an inspiring place to study (with free WiFi and a café onsite), a parent hoping to foster wonder and imagination in a child, or simply a proud Surrey resident eager to enjoy a world-class facility in your own backyard, we hope you join the Museum of Surrey in welcoming this special part of your story.
Museum of Surrey Grand Opening:
Saturday September 29, 2018 from 11 am – 3 pm
17710 56A Avenue, Surrey BC
Admission is FREE!
For more information, check out www.surrey.ca/museum
To register for programs, visit www.surrey.ca/register, call 604-592-6956 or visit any Surrey Parks, Recreation & Culture facility.