Fossil Discovery Centre in Morden Receives Provincial Status

Fossil Discovery Centre in Morden Receives Provincial Status

Morden CFDC
Left to Right: Dr. Kevin Campbell, CFDC board president; Morden mayor Ken Wiebe; Cameron Friesen, MLA for Morden-Winkler and Manitoba Minister of Finance; Rochelle Squires, Manitoba Minister of Sport, Culture & Heritage; Peter Cantelon, CFDC executive director; and Colin Ferguson, president and CEO of Travel Manitoba, in Morden, Man. on Saturday, August 27, 2016. (CHRIS LEACH PHOTO)

MORDEN, Man. — The Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre has joined Manitoba’s Signature Museum grant program.

The museum is home to Canada’s largest collection of marine reptile fossils, including the largest mosasaur on display in the world, named Bruce.

“We have worked hard to achieve signature museum status and we’re thrilled to have reached this milestone,” said executive director Peter Cantelon.

“With this support, we look forward to increased national and international awareness about who we are and what we have to offer.”

The CFDC joins six other Manitoba museums with its entry into the program, meant to showcase destinations with unique collections and exceptional programming for visitors.

Status in the program is achieved by maintaining a year-round operation with full-time staff, an average annual visitation rate of 20,000 or more, and showing potential for future growth.

Other signature museums include the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum in Brandon, New Iceland Museum in Gimli, Mennonite Heritage Village in Steinbach, Manitoba Agricultural Museum in Austin, Musee de Saint-Boniface and the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada.