The New Planetarium: A Project in Line with the Mission of the Montréal Nature Museums Foundation

    MONTREAL, Dec. 10 /CNW Telbec/ - The Montréal Nature Museums Foundation
is tremendously pleased to announce that an agreement with a private-sector
partner, the city of Montréal and the federal and provincial governments will
now make it possible to relocate the Planetarium near Montréal's other Nature
Museums, which make up Canada's largest natural science museum complex.
    The city of Montréal began making plans for a new planetarium in the
early 2000s. At the joint announcement today, Pierre B. Meunier, President of
the Montréal Nature Museums Foundation, explained how "after a few meetings
and discussions with the municipal administration, the Board members began
dreaming. We were so enthusiastic that we managed to interest an initial
business partner, Alcan. By June 2003, the company had confirmed that it would
invest about $4 million in this promising project."
    "I am convinced that bringing together Montréal's Nature Museums in this
way will improve our drawing power for visitors and help us attract more
funding from donors," he concluded.

    The Montréal Nature Museums Foundation is a charitable organization whose
mission is to support the education, conservation and research activities of
the Montréal Biodôme, Insectarium, Botanical Garden and Planetarium. It does
so by raising funds to allow the Nature Museums to carry out their priority
development plans. In this way the Foundation contributes to advancing the
natural sciences and scientific literacy and encouraging public interest in
the environment, sustainable development and the preservation of biodiversity.

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For further information: Manon Landry, Executive Director, Cell: (514)

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