TV WILDLIFE presenter Kate Humble was at the Boat Museum in Ellesmere Port yesterday morning for a special wildlife day to celebrate the completion of a £2m redevelopment scheme.
She opened the third new gallery, which tells the story of life on the waterways, as well as taking part in wildlife activities.
Steve Maris, general manager, said: 'To have Kate Humble come and open the gallery was fantastic. Our waterways are very important to wildlife, providing essential habitats and food for a wide range of creatures and plant life.
'As well as falconry displays there were wildlife activities going on throughout the day. With three new galleries, new exhibitions, a new café and shop, the visitor experience at the museum has been transformed and we are looking forward to showing off the new facilities.'
The seven-acre site has under-gone an extensive redevelopment programme successfully merging the old with the new.
New exhibitions feature a host of computer-based exhibits and interactive displays.
The refurbished entrance pavilion provides a warm and welcoming reception and the full height windows in the café command views across the site.
The open-air museum brings to life the many elements which were essential to a successful canal port in the 19th century.
In the Pump House visitors will find the steam-driven pumping engines which supplied the power for the hydraulic cranes and capstans around the dock and the Power Hall houses a range of engines that supplied the power for a variety of boats and other canal-related activities.
The Island Warehouse, built in 1871, now incorporates 'How to build a boat', an exhibition exploring the construction of boats from the Iron Age, through the 1800s up to the present day.
On the upper floor of the warehouse visitors can find out more about those who lived and worked on the canals through interactive displays and recordings of surviving members of old canal families.
The refurbishment of the museum was made possible by funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, North West Regional Development Agency, the European Regional Development Fund, the borough council and Waste Recycling Environmental Ltd (WREN).