Highlights of the special exhibits happening at our national museums and gallery.
Until September 28, 2014 at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, explore how Snow has shaped the Canadian identity at this special exhibit. You’ll develop a deeper appreciation for the coldest season through the passion and ingenuity of the Aboriginal Peoples and arrival of Europeans to North America as they learned to live and adapt to the snow. Snow not only inspires artists but from it developed creative and continuously evolving winter sports. With over 250 culturally historic artifacts to discover, you won’t want to miss Snow.
The National Gallery of Canada is featuring the Artists, Architects and Artisans: Canadian Art 1890–1918 exhibit until February 2, 2014. Optimism and national pride marked the peek boom years following the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1886. Dramatic population growth created urban demand for new buildings. Artists, architects and artisans worked together in cooperative ventures, introducing painting into architecture and the design and fabrication of furnishings. Through more than 320 objects from painters, photographers, sculptures and architects, explore how architecture, monumental sculpture, urban planning, mural and decorative painting, graphic design, decorative arts and photography came together.
Until February 23, 2014. Canadian Museum of Civilization. This Haitian Vodou exhibit showcases more than 300 artifacts, documentary films, and first person accounts by Vodouists from Canada’s Haitian community. Come learn about this spiritual tradition, its beliefs and rituals.
Through 2014 at Canada Aviation and Space Museum. Created by the Canadian Space Agency this exhibit features great hands-on interactive activities for the kids including a computerized game that lets you assemble a space meal. Place your hand on an astronaut’s hand print surrounding a giant rotating globe to learn more about them and other fun facts from space. Find out how able you would be at working in a weightless environment. Check out the various objects, replicas and components used daily by astronauts during a mission. Fun for the family and kids of all ages.
Until January 5, 2014. Canadian Children's Museum at the Canadian Museum of Civilization. MR. POTATO HEAD needs you to join his tater team for some fun, educational expeditions. Meet amazing creatures on a jungle safari. Help repair the S.P.U.D. space station and search for life on the planet Neptato. Explore the ocean with Jacques Coustato. Join an archaeological dig to solve the secrets of King Tato’s lost vegetable kingdom. You’ll have a spudtacular time!
Until December 15, 2013. Canada Agriculture and Food Museum. Baking an apple cake seems simple, but what if you had to produce all of the ingredients yourself? The production of flour, eggs, maple syrup, apples, milk, and butter takes a lot of hard work as well as the right tools. Take a peek inside the Museum’s cupboards to see the tools needed to prepare these ingredients. See artifacts in action, and you may even be there to see newly-hatched chicks in the incubator. We can be grateful that we don’t need to do more than visit the grocery store!
Until January 5, 2014. Canadian War Museum. A clock retrieved from the rubble of Hiroshima. A blue beret from the first United Nations Peacekeeping mission. A First World War Victoria Cross medal awarded to a stretcher-bearer. These and over 300 other artifacts from Peace – The Exhibition, vividly illustrate peace has always been part of the Canadian story. Yet, how we have defined, made and kept peace at home and around the world is diverse and continually evolving. Come experience how generations of Canadians have negotiated, organized, and intervened for peace.
On at the Canadian Museum of Nature until May 11, 2014, this exhibit features a rainbow of frogs from around the world. See over 70 live frogs in action, many are species that we might otherwise not get the chance to view. Meet the colorful Poison Dart Frogs and learn how their poisonous biology can be altered! Marvel at Jabba the African Bullfrog who weighs almost 1 kg! This is an exhibition that is visual, active and interactive for children and mesmerizing for adults. Fun for the whole family!
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