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About The Exploration Place

Temporarily CLOSED due to COVID-19.

Stay tuned, as we have some sneak peeks planned for you as we work towards our grand reopening.

For information related to our closure, including updates on the Living Evolution Adaptation & Expansion renovation project, reopening dates, and memberships: 

>>> “WHY IS THE MUSEUM STILL CLOSED?” 

Past, Present and Future

Making History Together

On March 13, 2020, The Exploration Place Museum & Science Centre closed to the public due to COVID-19.

Since we opened as The Exploration Place in 2001, we have welcomed over 2 million visitors, hosted countless events and exhibits, and have won awards at all levels for our programming. We have built deep and meaningful relationships with the Lheidli T’enneh Nation, the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George, the City of Prince George, and most importantly, with all of you. 

We are taking the unexpected opportunity offered by this closure to renovate our building…

Our
Mission

To provide learning opportunities that foster an understanding of significant past and current issues shaping our community by linking experiences within the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George to the world in a unique, participatory Museum of regional history, science, and technology.

Our ‘Core Values’ are expressed as follows

  • Community is central to an individual’s understanding of themselves and their relationship with the world.
  • “Pride of Place” is necessary for an individual to embrace their community.
  • A Community is defined by its inclusiveness, fairness, intercultural, and environmental respect.
  • A life-long relationship with the Arts is important to personal identity, self-expression, and quality of life.
  • Such a relationship begins at birth and should encompass all aspects of arts, culture, and heritage.

Our Commitments

The Museum identifies the following commitments as priorities for its activities:

  • Youth
  • Respect for natural environment of the region
  • Institutional self-sufficiency
  • Community identity
  • Regional economic development
  • Life-long enjoyment of museums
  • Inclusiveness, fairness, intercultural respect
  • Excellence in museum services

Leadership Team

The Exploration Place Museum + Science Centre is owned and operated by the Fraser-Fort George Museum Society, a non-profit society and registered charity.

Tracy-Calogheros

Tracy Calogheros

Chief Executive Officer

250.981.5910

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Lisa Connor

Lisa Connor

Chief Operating Officer

250.981.5917

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John Calogheros

John Calogheros

vp – Facilities

250.981.5912

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Barb Laass

Barbara Laass

Vp – finance

250.612.8209

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Robyn Curtis

Robyn Curtis

VP – Development & Partnerships

250.981.5915

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Alyssa Leier

Alyssa Leier

Curator

250.981.5913

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Meet the Team

The faces of The Exploration Place, Origins Kitchen, Elements Retail and our on going events and programs. We can’t wait to meet you! 

Chad Hellenius

Chad Hellenius

Manager – BioCultural Collections

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Jeni Arnott

Jeni Arnott

Manager – Food Programs & Services

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Jaclyn Baxter

Jaclyn Baxter

Manager – Virtual Community Programs

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Carlos Hernandez

Carlos Hernandez

Manager – In-Person Community Programs

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Zayn Bismeyer

Zayn Bismeyer

Sabrina Paterson

Elizabeth Schoenthal

ASSISTANT CURATOR – PALEO/GEOLOGY COLLECTIONS

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Brook Pearson

Marketing & Communications Assistant

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Darcy O'Carroll

Administrative Clerk

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Bailey Holloway

Programming Assistant

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Drew Gilchrist

Frank Vander Lans

Exhibit Technician

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Jake Calogheros

Facilities Assistant

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Josh Seymour

ASSISTANT CURATOR | INDIGENOUS CONTENT

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Kaitlyn Liukaitis

Shailina Sarrazin

Early Explorers Instructor

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Taylor Bateman

Early Explorers Instructor

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Board of Directors

Peter James

Peter James

President

Helena Trudel

Helena Trudel

Vice President

Shauna Harper

Shauna Harper

PAST PRESIDENT

Clarisse Halbert

Clarisse Halbert

Treasurer

Elissa Gagnon

Elissa Gagnon

TRUSTEE

Kathryn Lauro

Kathryn Louro

TRUSTEE

Brittany Smith

Brittany Smith

Trustee

Chris King

Chris King

Trustee

Susan Kelly

Susan Kelly

Trustee

Chuck Nisbett

Chuck Nisbett

Trustee

Dr. Todd Witcombe

Trustee

Craig Vannevel

Trustee

Timeline + History

Of the Exploration Place

The Exploration Place Museum + Science Centre is an anchor in the cultural stream of our community. Steeped in ancient history, the north-central interior of British Columbia has stories to tell of its ancestors, geology, flora, and fauna; stories that have shaped who we are today and what our community will look like in the future.

Our Museum is a waypoint on our collective journey, a place to revisit our past and share our successes while we dream about tomorrow. Our youngest visitors are first carried through the front doors by parents and grandparents, returning over and over as they explore the world around them and find their place within it.

Land Acknowledgement

The Exploration Place sits on a place of great historical and cultural significance.

We gratefully acknowledge that the Museum is located on the traditional unceded territory of the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation.

Lheidli T’enneh means “the people who live where the two rivers flow together,” a name that emphasizes the deep connections between Lheidli T’enneh culture and place…

DEIA Statement

The Exploration Place’s mandate includes the priorities of inclusiveness, fairness, and intercultural respect. The Exploration Place acknowledges, honours, and celebrates the diverse and unique range of communities, ideas, experiences, approaches, and perspectives.