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Over 500 years ago John Cabot and his crew set sail for Asia aboard the original Matthew hoping to trade goods and commodities with the people who lived there.

However, he finally arrived on the coast of Newfoundland and therefore was the original discoverer of North America, not Christopher Columbus as most people believe.

Today the replica of the Matthew sits proudly in Bristol harbour for all to see. The general public are able to board the Matthew as well as embark on trips around the harbour.

In 1997 the replica Matthew followed the same course as John Cabot in 1497 and sailed across to Newfoundland. It carried the same number of crew members as the original and took the same and used the same amount of time to complete the crossing.

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Global Experience Specialists, Inc. produced the exhibition in partnership with Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media. Based on the blockbuster film series and C.S. Lewis’ beloved fictional books, the 5,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art entertainment and educational experience offers visitors the opportunity to tour scenes from the famed literary world of Narnia. Through authentic costumes, props and set dressings from the magical Narnia films, visitors will enter a three-dimensional world that combines the wonders of science with aspects of fantasy.

“This exhibition is a truly captivating and entertaining experience for all ages,” said GES EVP and Chief Creative Officer Eddie Newquist. “From the scene displays and props seen in the Narnia films, to the scientific and educational aspects of the exhibition that stimulate the senses and the mind, guests will be transported into another world to experience Narnia like never before.”

Once inside Narnia, visitors will view artifacts from C.S. Lewis’ personal study, including the original walk-in wardrobe that started it all. Other interactive and instructive elements include:

  • An area featuring King Miraz’s Castle from The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian where visitors have the opportunity to build an arch while learning about the architectural structure and strategy involved in the design.
  • A replica of the frozen waterfall from The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, where visitors can be hands-on with the frigid structure. A nearby display describes the impact of climate change on our planet and investigates whether our planet could be frozen for 100 years like the world of Narnia.
  • An area highlighting the mythical creatures of Narnia, which allows visitors to create their own creatures featured in the film. Three stacks of rotating, square blocks stand in three-, four- and six-foot configurations, each level featuring different aspects of a creature. By rearranging the different levels, visitors can create well-known characters from the Narnia films or mix and match the squares to create new characters.

With hands-on, interactive elements and original film artifacts, guests encounter topics like geography, archeology, engineering, humanity’s impact on nature and environmental changes. The Exhibition inspires visitors to learn more about the science behind The Chronicles of Narnia.

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Operation Narnia was a partnership with the Samaritan’s Purse program, Operation Christmas Child, to bring the joy of Christmas to kids all over the world! This is the perfect opportunity for your family and friends to spread cheer and hope to needy boys and girls in over 130 countries. With your help, our goal is to deliver more than 8 million shoe boxes, filled with items that will be meaningful to a child – toys, stuffed animals, school supplies, hard candy, and hygiene items. These boxes are then delivered to local collection centers around the country and shipped in time for the Christmas season.

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