Highlights of the special exhibits happening at our national museums and gallery.
Until March 23, 2014 at the Canadian Museum of History (formerly the Canadian Museum of Civilization), see how the St. Lawrence River has threaded its way through some of the founding moments of Canada’s history over the centuries in an exhibition developed and produced by Parks Canada. The exhibition retraces the river’s historic path with the Iroquois' thousand-year presence on the land, Franco-Aboriginal alliances, growth of a French settlement in the St. Lawrence Valley and multiethnic European immigration for which Québec served as a gateway.
Created to mark the 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain’s journey up the Ottawa River, this new display focuses on the Aboriginal peoples who inhabited the region long before the coming of Champlain; the journey of the French explorer in the Ottawa Valley in 1613; and the impact of his arrival on the First Peoples. On at the Canadian Museum of History (formerly the Canadian Museum of Civilization) until April 27, 2014, visitors will see approximately 50 artifacts, some dating from 5,000 years ago, others from the time of Champlain, and afterwards. The display includes the astrolabe attributed to the founder of New France.
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!
John Netherton © Clyde Peeling's Reptiland
Until September 28, 2014 at the Canadian Museum of History (formerly 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.
On from May 3 – November 9, 2014 at the Canadian Museum of Nature, this amazing exhibition explores the extraordinary organisms that produce light—from flickering fireflies to strange deep-sea fishes. Visitors will wander through a series of immersive environments, from the familiar to the extreme, to explore the diversity of organisms that glow and how they do it. Exciting and informative, the exhibition shows how light is used to attract a mate, lure unsuspecting prey, or defend against a predator.
World War 1 was called the “war of the camera”. While many earlier wars fought after photography’s invention were documented by the medium, WW1 represented a turning point in several regards, not the least of which was the way in which both the Allied forces and the Central Powers chose to use photography as a tool with which to develop strategy, to spy, to provoke, and to persuade. From June 6 – September 1, 2014 at the National Gallery of Canada, come see a diverse selection of photographs drawn from national and international collections in an attempt to illustrate the important role that photography played during World War I.
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.