PETRA and Clash of Empires – Each exhibition attracts over 100,000 visitors

October 4, 2006

PETRA and Clash of Empires – Each exhibition attracts over 100,000 visitors

Gatineau, Quebec, October 4, 2006 — Two major exhibitions at the region’s two national history museums have both passed the 100,000 visitor mark: PETRA: Lost City of Stone, at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, and Clash of Empires: The War that Made Canada, 1754–1763, at the Canadian War Museum. Each of these exhibitions tells a compelling, three-dimensional story through artifacts, expert research, storylines and presentation methods that bring history and people to life.

“Public response has clearly shown that both exhibitions are not to be missed,” said Dr. Victor Rabinovitch, President and CEO of the Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation. “I think this should come as no surprise. These are two first-rate exhibitions: one showing beautiful objects from one of the ancient world’s most intriguing cities, and the other exploring a conflict that defined Canada as we know it today.”

Clash of Empires — which ends on November 12, 2007 — brings together the largest collection of Seven Years’ War artifacts ever assembled. It tells the story of the historic struggle for North America by the French, the British and First Peoples some 250 years ago. This struggle triggered the Seven Years’ War, considered the world’s first global conflict.

PETRA offers a rich portrait of the city and its inhabitants. This ancient city — once a thriving metropolis — stood at the crossroads of two of the greatest trade routes of all time. As the exhibition is being extended to February 18, 2007, the public now has an extra six weeks to see the 170 sculptures, reliefs and ceramics that illustrate the architectural and cultural wonder that was Petra over the centuries.

PETRA was organized by the Cincinnati Art Museum and the American Museum of Natural History, New York City, under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Air transportation is generously provided by Royal Jordanian.

CLASH OF EMPIRES is organized by the Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, in partnership with the Canadian War Museum. The exhibition is supported by the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Canada Travelling Exhibitions Indemnification Program.

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