Gus-Con Sci-Fi-Con

Museum of Natural History marries knowledge and obsession

Gus just wants to sit here for a second, OK
Gus just wants to sit here for a second, OK

"I've been calling it a 'love letter to Comic-Con,'" says the Museum of Natural History's Jeffrey Gray. "It's things you would usually find in a museum but squeezed into one weekend of fun." Running in conjunction with the Out of This World costume exhibit, seen all over your Facebook feed---"There has never been this kind of online interest in anything we've ever done"--- Gus-Con is three days of lectures, demonstrations, tours and Gus celebrations, plus a costume gala on Saturday night. The idea is to infuse regular museum fare with a bit of sci-fi. "It's one thing to see our curator of botany giving a talk about poison ivy," says Gray, "but another to see our curator of botany giving a talk about poison ivy dressed as Poison Ivy." The event is named after the museum's most famous resident, who turns 90 this August. A book published by Nimbus---Gus the Gopher Tortoise Takes A Walk; author Erin Arsenault will sign copies on Sunday at 2:30---and a comic strip are among the Summer of Gus celebrations. "He's doing great," says Gray. "He's out for his walk every day at 3:30."

Friday June 1-Sunday June 3, Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer Street, $29 pass/$19 gala, museum.gov.ns.ca/mnh

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