The Penticton Museum and Archives will reopen Aug. 18, 2020 after being closed for months due to COVID-19. (Google maps photo)

Penticton Museum and Archives prepares to reopen

Current exhibit explores the historical relationship between sports and military

The Penticton Museum and Archives will soon reopen to the public after a months-long closure due to COVID-19.

The museum today (Aug. 12) announced a limited reopening will begin on Tuesday, Aug. 18.

The museum will be open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. While open, the museum will adhere to all COVID-19 protocols governing public spaces.

The archives will remain closed but will reopen in the near future, stated the organization in a news release.

The museum’s current exhibit Play Hard, Fight Hard: Sport and the Canadian Military was originally scheduled to close in mid-July but the museum was able to extend the exhibit through to mid-fall.

The exhibit features a variety of sports from the 1880s to the present, represented through art, artifacts and photos. The exhibit is designed to explore how sports are used to reinforce militarily useful concepts such as teamwork, leadership, fitness, and tactical planning.

The exhibit also demonstrates how many athletes naturally gravitated towards the military, and how military training allowed many to have a successful athletic career after their service.

“The Penticton Museum strives to deliver professional and innovative exhibits, programs, archival services, and resources in order to coordinate heritage programming, both at the museum and within the City’s environs, with the goal of ensuring cultural and natural heritage management is a vital component in the development of Penticton’s physical identity and community character,” reads the museum’s news release.

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