"A museum can be an important part of a healthy community, a place where people of all ages and origins can take short refuge and contemplate the incredible pace of change that we all must cope with these days."
For those of you who didn't have the opportunity to know George Phillips, he was the Museum's Executive Director from 1992 - 2003. It was George's exceptional vision that guided the Museum through its major expansion and rebranding in 2001.
George Phillips was a key figure in the history of the Exploration Place Museum + Science Centre. His arrival as Executive Director in 1992 heralded the beginning of our transformation from a small, local history museum to the world-class, multidisciplinary organization we are today. He believed passionately that the future of collecting institutions depended on their relevance to their communities; a relevance that was built one-on-one, beginning as early as possible. He often said words to the effect that someone doesn't just wake up at 18 years old and decide to be an engineer; that an affinity for the arts and the sciences grows over a lifetime of experiences. Museums are one place where those experiences can originate. Dedicating our temporary exhibit space to George is both to honour his memory and the impact he had on this Museum, as well as to imbed that philosophy of discovery and inspiration in the culture of our organization. The George Phillips Exhibit Gallery will play host to traveling and in house exhibits, embracing a vast array of topics. It is a perfect legacy for a man who brought the world to our community by inviting us to look closely at our history while dreaming about our collective future.
See More of our Past Exhibits:
- 2015 Fall: In the Money!
- 2015 Summer: First on the Scene - 100 Years of the Prince George Fire Department
- 2015 Winter/Spring: Ice Age Mammals
- 2014 Spring: 1913-1918 Experdiation Arctic
- 2013 Winter - Kids Celebrate!
- 2013 Fall - Cultural Expressions of the Lheidli T'enneh
- 2012 Let's Go! Animals in Motion
- Profit and Ambition
- Defining BC Design
- Sila: Clue in to climate change
- Common Language
- History Hall
- Pacific Great Eastern Railway
- and the bride wore white... in the best possible light