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Museum of Nature's Open House still a go with online video series

The museum usually hosts the in-person event, but because of COVID-19, they're going virtual.
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The Museum of Nature won’t let COVID-19 stop them from carrying on an October tradition, it says. 

That tradition: the museum’s annual open house. This year, it says, things will be a little different as visitors won't be allowed to attend in-person; instead, they’re moving their event online. 

Every year, the museum’s open house — which showcases millions of specimens ranging from fossils, animals, plants, minerals, nature are and more — attracts more than 3,500 visitors for the free, one-day event at its national research and collections facility in Gatineau. 

But because of restrictions put in place due to the pandemic, the museum has decided to do a video series of 25, three-minute episodes that will be posted on the museum’s YouTube channel over the next two months. 

The stories kicked off on October 17, and new videos continue to be shared every Wednesday and Saturday to the museum’s YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. 

The Virtual Open House, as it’s called, will give glimpses of areas not accessible during the in-person event. These include the bird collection with its eggs and nests, the rare book room and the scanning electron-microscope lab. 

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