October 22, 2019
RCMP HERITAGE CENTRE LAUNCHES BLACK MUSEUM EXHIBIT IN TIME FOR HALLOWEEN
REGINA—Just in time for Halloween, the RCMP Heritage Centre is bringing back one of its most popular exhibits: The Black Museum: Stories from the RCMP Crime Collection.
“It’s been a few years since we’ve had the Black Museum exhibit up at the Centre and we are excited to have it back in time for Halloween this year,” RCMP Heritage Centre Executive Director Dan Toppings said. “The exhibit includes a number of unusual artifacts from the crime collection – items that you normally wouldn’t see out on display.”
Curated by the RCMP Historical Collections Unit, the Black Museum exhibit features items from some of Canada’s most famous historical criminal cases including the Mad Trapper, the Benito Bandits, and ‘Bloody Jack’ Krafchenko to name but a few. Artifacts include death masks, weapons seized from criminals, revolvers and other items used in these and other notorious crimes.
RCMP Historical Collections Unit Curator Jodi Ann Eskritt notes the exhibit is based on what is known as the Black Museum or Crime Museum at New Scotland Yard, the headquarters of London’s Metropolitan Police.
“Sometime in 1874, the Metropolitan Police began collecting criminal memorabilia, mainly for police training and study purposes. The Black Museum continues to this day, although it is not open to the public,” Eskritt said.
The RCMP Heritage Centre’s Black Museum feature exhibit is open to the public from October 15 to 31, 2019 during regular operating hours, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven day a week. Regular admission charges apply.
NOTE: Viewer discretion is advised. Some of the material in the exhibit may be upsetting, particularly for small children.
OTHER OCTOBER EVENTS
Monsters & Mounties, Sunday, October 27, noon to 3 p.m.
Monsters & Mounties is a family event featuring costumes, carnival games, mini escape room and haunted house, a scavenger hunt, movies, crafts, and an outdoor ghost ride (weather dependent!). Regular admission applies.