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Einstein: New exhibition coming to
Canadian Museum of Nature

April 12, 2006-- For Immediate Release

OTTAWA - Mention the Theory of Relativity and one name instantly comes to mind: Einstein. An acclaimed international exhibition about this brilliant 20th century scientist will be opening on October 20, 2006 at the Canadian Museum of Nature, its only Canadian venue.

"We're excited to be presenting this exhibition about this fascinating man who made immeasurable contributions to science," says CMN President and CEO Joanne DiCosimo.

The exhibition offers manuscripts, personal items, and interactive exhibits that demonstrate Einstein's revolutionary theories. Along with learning about the scientific genius who revolutionized the concepts of space and time, visitors will meet the complex man actively engaged in the social and political issues of his era. The exhibition was organized by the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Since its dÉbut in New York City in late 2002, it has travelled to other U.S. cities: Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles and Birmingham.

The installation of Einstein at the CMN comes on the heels of the 100th anniversary of his annus mirabilis (miracle year). In 1905 at only 26 years of age, Einstein published several groundbreaking scientific papers. He explained light as both particles and waves, the tremendous energy unleashed by atoms and, of course, his Special Theory of Relativity which includes the famous equation E=mc.

Einstein will be part of the exciting wave of new offerings at the Museum later this year. The entire newly-renovated west side of the Museum will have a much-anticipated public reopening on October 20. Four floors of exciting new galleries and exhibitions will await visitors, including a spectacular fossil gallery that will dramatize the last few million years of the dinosaurs and the rise of mammals.

For more information on the Renewal of the CMN's Victoria Memorial Museum Building, visit http://nature.ca/reno .


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Laura Sutin Media Relations/Communications Officer
(613) 566-4793 lsutin@mus-nature.ca

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