Woolly the Mammoth comes with his own selfie station!
Photo by the Royal BC Museum

The Royal BC Museum’s largest attraction is celebrating a big birthday milestone. 

Woolly the Mammoth debuted in Victoria 40 years ago in December 1979, and the museum is celebrating with a mammoth-sized celebration for the furry fan favourite. 

The four-hour party takes place on January 26th, 2020, from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. The party will have music, crafts, and educational animation station, and an hourly chance to win one of five stuffed Woollies!

Woolly’s journey began in the mid-70s, when the museum set out to build a “significant and dramatic” introduction to the new Living Land, Living Sea gallery. 

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The model, which stands 3.2 metres tall at the shoulder, was completed after a museum curator studied a woolly mammoth skeleton housed in Nebraska. 

On the museum’s website, you can read more about Woolly’s introduction to the museum, including the journey of how workers managed to replicate the skeleton with paper and styrofoam. 

Woolly’s fur was made from nine muskox pelts, and his tusks were forged from fibreglass. 

Along with the first phase of the museum’s Natural History gallery, Woolly was revealed in December 1979 and has since welcomed over 10 million visitors to the exhibit and the museum. 

The Royal BC Museum’s Mammoth Birthday Party

  • When: January 26th, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Where: Royal BC Museum, 675 Belleville Street