Morning at the museum for seniors

LAUNCESTON seniors received insight into unique treasures and artefacts within the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery yesterday.

Two groups of seniors were guided through the Launceston City Council-run facility after refreshments from a morning tea put on by the council.

The groups ventured through the John Lees Atrium, the Launceston Planetarium, and got exclusive access to the natural sciences part of the museum.

Launceston City Council community projects officer Theresa Sutczak said that the morning tea served two purposes: to bring together the community's seniors for a casual get-together, and to inform them of the services and facilities available to them.

Representatives from the council's community development and parking departments, and Launceston Aquatic, fielded questions during information sessions.

Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten said the morning tea was something special that the council could offer seniors.

``It allows people, some of whom might be lonely, the opportunity to socialise and the chance to find out more information on new services,'' he said.

Norwood residents John and Sue Reimers visited the John Lees Atrium for the first time yesterday.

Mrs Reimers said the couple were so impressed with the dinosaur collection that they would visit again soon with their grandchildren.

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