Museum celebrates elasmosaur’s birthday

On Nov. 12, 1988 the Courtenay elasmosaur was discovered on the banks of the Puntledge River.

On Nov. 12, 1988 the Courtenay elasmosaur was discovered on the banks of the Puntledge River.

To celebrate this important date, the Courtenay Museum will host a birthday party.

This year’s celebration will feature dinosaurs from Western North America. The Courtenay Museum has recently acquired, on loan, a collection of dinosaur replicas which are now on display.

The casts, taken from actual dinosaurs feature a complete juvenile lambeosaur, and the skull casts of an adult lambeosaur, corythosaur, chasmosaur, gryposaur and iguanadon.

The elasmosaur’s birthday  party is open to the public this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Birthday cake, juice, cookies, popcorn and fossil experts will be on hand to celebrate the occasion. Dinosaur movies will be played on the big screen in the Rotary Gallery.

Admission to the museum is by donation year round. The museum is at 207 Fourth St. in the former post office building.

— Courtenay and District Museum