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July 9, 2013

Museums join forces to present STAR WARS™ Identities party - Next 'Nature Nocturne' to feature hit sci-fi pop culture theme

OTTAWA, July 9, 2013—Calling all Jedi, Star Wars™ fans, and people who love to have a good time. The Canadian Museum of Nature (CMN) and Canada Aviation and Space Museum (CASM) are joining forces to present a Star Wars - themed Nature Nocturne party on Friday, August 9. The event combines two hot offerings in Ottawa – the STAR WARS™ Identities blockbuster exhibition currently on view at CASM until September 2nd – and the CMN's popular Friday night parties for adults.

"The Star Wars Identities exhibit has been the talk of the town all around the National Capital Region," says Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation Acting President and CEO Fernand Proulx. "We are extremely happy to work with the Canadian Museum of Nature to bring the Star Wars universe at such an innovative and dynamic venue as the Nature Nocturne."

Produced by X3 Productions and made possible by Lucasfilm Ltd., the STAR WARS Identities exhibition is a sensational event that explores the amazing nature of human identity through the magic of the Star Wars universe and its legendary characters. Its presentation at CASM until September 2nd, 2013 will be the last opportunity to see the exhibition in North America.

"We're thrilled to collaborate with the Canada Aviation and Space Museum on this exciting event," says Meg Beckel, CMN President and CEO. "We had originally planned a summer break for Nature Nocturne after its amazing début in January and successful first four evenings. The considerable public enthusiasm for a summer Nocturne, and this wonderful opportunity to link with the STAR WARS Identities exhibition, is undeniably a winning combination."

The August 9 Nature Nocturne will take place from 9:00 PM to 1:00 AM at the CMN, which is located at 240 McLeod Street in Ottawa.

Tickets are $20 each (tax included) and do not include food and beverages, which will be sold separately.

For updates about Nature Nocturne and to buy tickets, visit nature.ca/nocturne.

Tickets for the Star Wars Identities exhibition are on sale now, reserve in advance. For complete schedule and box office information, visit http://www.aviation.technomuses.ca or call 1-855-897-6919.

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About the Canadian Museum of Nature:
The Canadian Museum of Nature is Canada's national museum of natural history and natural sciences. The museum provides evidence-based insights, inspiring experiences and meaningful engagement with nature's past, present and future through scientific research, a collection of 10.5 million specimens, education programmes, signature and travelling exhibitions, a dynamic web site, nature.ca, and social media. A founding member of the Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada, the Museum is working with partners to expand its national service and presence.

About the Canada Aviation and Space Museum
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum (aviation.technomuses.ca) houses the most extensive collection of aircraft in Canada, and one of the most remarkable such collections in the world. The museum also features iconic artefacts representing Canada's contribution to space exploration. This national museum is highly esteemed by aerospace enthusiasts and experts from around the world. It engages thousands of families and children each year, delivering fascinating, memorable and educational experiences to all visitors.

About X3 Productions
X3 Productions is made up of three prominent Montreal-based creative companies that joined forces and combined their extensive expertise to offer turn-key project solutions to museums around the world. GSMPRJCT (gsmprjct.com), established as a pioneer and key player in the field of exhibition design and production for over 50 years, is composed of four teams which have produced numerous exhibitions for a variety of museums around the world. Équipe Spectra (equipespectra.ca) is one of Canada's leading cultural event organizers and is famous for its many world-class projects. Bleublancrouge (blueblancrouge.ca) has been voted one of Canada's best creative agencies every year since 2008 by developing local, national and international integrated communications campaigns which have received worldwide acclaim.
X3 Productions is committed to redefining the modern museum experience by developing and promoting blockbuster touring exhibitions. Through innovative concepts, gathering unique collections and producing content-driven interactive events, X3 provides a new kind of museum experience that engages, educates and entertains visitors in innovative ways. For more information, visit x3productions.ca.

About Star Wars
The May 25, 1977 theatrical debut of Star Wars – on a scant 32 screens across America – was destined to change the face of cinema forever. An instant classic and an unparalleled box office success, it was equal parts fairy tale, western, 1930s serial and special effects extravaganza, with roots in mythologies from cultures around the world. From the mind of visionary writer/director George Lucas, the epic space fantasy introduced the mystical Force into the cultural vocabulary, as well as iconic characters such as evil Darth Vader, idealistic Luke Skywalker, feisty Princess Leia, lovable scoundrel Han Solo and wise Obi-Wan Kenobi. Since its 1977 debut, Star Wars has continued to grow, its lush narrative expanding from modest beginnings into an epic, six-film Saga chronicling the fall and redemption of The Chosen One, Anakin Skywalker.

About Lucasfilm Ltd.
Lucasfilm Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is a global leader in film, television and digital entertainment production. In addition to its motion-picture and television production, the company's activities include visual effects and audio post-production, cutting-edge digital animation, interactive entertainment software, and the management of the global merchandising activities for its entertainment properties including the legendary STAR WARS and INDIANA JONES franchises. Lucasfilm Ltd. is headquartered in northern California.
Lucasfilm, the Lucasfilm logo, STAR WARS and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. TM & © 2013 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners.

About the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum
The Lucas Cultural Arts Museum will be a first-of-its kind institution, designed to serve as the country's premiere venue for understanding the connections and lineage of illustrative and visual art. Conceived by George Lucas, the museum is based in the filmmaker's passion for education and the role art can play in inspiring young people. The museum will offer state-of-the-art facilities and unparalleled programming for children, families, schools, scholars, and visiting artists. The Lucas Cultural Arts Museum's collection ranges from fine art to animation, from fashion to cinematic design and is comprised of works of the great masters of the Golden Age of Illustration through today's digital artists, showing the ways culture is reflected in the popular art of any given time.

INFORMATION:
Laura Sutin
Marketing and Media Relations
Canadian Museum of Nature
613-566-4793
(cell) 613-698-7142
lsutin@mus-nature.ca

Olivier Bouffard
Media relations
Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation
613-949-5732
obouffard@technomuses.ca

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