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Curators offer deductive challenge at museum event

Like a dinner party murder mystery, an upcoming event features lies and intrigue, but without the morbid element.

The Royal B.C. Museum’s Artifact or Artifiction event returns for the seventh instalment, with party-goers squaring off against museum curators, collections managers and archivists, to decide whether stories told about 20 of the museum’s strangest items are true or false.

“Fibbing doesn’t come naturally to our scientists and historians, but this is all for a good cause,” museum CEO Pauline Rafferty said in a release.

“This is a fabulous event, and the financial support from the community is essential in helping us share the B.C. story with all British Columbians.”

Proceeds from the evening, which includes a roving buffet and cash bar, go toward developing educational programs, exhibits and research, as well as expanding and conserving collections.

Last year’s event raised $90,000.

CBC Vancouver and CHEK News anchor Tony Parsons will emcee the Oct. 6 event. Tickets, $150, are available at www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/gala or by calling 250-387-7222.

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