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Museum Exhibit to Focus on Saving Lake Winnipeg

March 17, 2014 8:01 AM | Entertainment

Lake Winnipeg (HANDOUT)

Lake Winnipeg (HANDOUT)

To mark World Water Day on March 22, the Manitoba Museum is launching an exhibit to ask visitors, “How would you fix Lake Winnipeg?”

Lake Winnipeg: Shared Solutions is the first $1 million exhibit to be built in the museum’s Science Gallery.

The centerpiece of the interactive exhibit is a high-tech computer simulation of the Lake Winnipeg watershed, allowing visitors to make decisions which affect the health of the lake. As lake stewards, visitors must decide which problems to tackle, and which solution has the desired effect.

“It’s not only about improving the lake,” said Scott Young, project leader for Shared Solutions. “Every decision has a cost, both in terms of economic impacts but also in the ‘social capital’ of the province — how happy people are with your choices.”

Visitors will also be able to see a live aquarium/terrarium to meet some of the animals that live in the lake. The story of the lake is rounded out with a series of specimens, maps, historical images, and videos.

Admission to the exhibit is included in the Science Gallery admission. Tickets are $9 for regular admission, $7.50 for youth, students and seniors and $30 for families.