Museum round-up What’s shakin’ in Ottawa’s museums?
Nature Nocturne is a brilliant new promotion at the Canadian Museum of Nature. Once each month, on a Friday night, the museum is transformed into a nightclub, with music, dancing, food & drink, and interactive exhibits. Next dates are April 25 and May 23. After a summer hiatus, the fun will return in September.
Also at the museum, catch Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence between May 3 and November 9, 2014. Meet a variety of unique, bioluminescent organisms found on land and under the sea, and discover how and why different animals produce light, from flickering fireflies to alien-like deep sea fish.
Bytown Museum: From April 9, 2014 to January 18, 2015, you can catch Ottawa Answers the Call: The Capital and the Great War to learn more about the local response to World War I.
National Gallery of Canada: Gustave Doré (1832-1883): Master of Imagination showcases more than 90 works—including prints, drawings, paintings and sculptures—to illustrate the career of one of the most renowned illustrators of all time. Doré’s imagination has also inspired many 20th- and 21st-century filmmakers. June 13 – September 14, 2014. Meanwhile, The Great War: The Persuasive Power of Photography runs June 6-September 1, 2014.
Canadian War Museum: Continuing the World War I theme, visit two exhibits running April 10-September 21, 2014. Witness –Canadian Art of the First World War shows how Canadians depicted their First World War experiences in art, both at home and overseas. See the perspectives of official war artists and soldiers in the field while Transformations: A.Y. Jackson and Otto Dix compares the brutal horrors witnessed by Group of Seven painter A.Y. Jackson and German artist Otto Dix as soldiers on the front lines of the First World War.
Canadian Museum of History (formerly Canadian Museum of Civilization): Don’t miss the exhibit Snow to discover more about how the white stuff has influenced Canada and Canadians. More than 250 artifacts—from snow goggles to snowmobiles, from snowshoes to hockey sticks—explore the fascination. The exhibit runs until September 28, 2014. And from May 29, 2014 through June 4, 2015, visit Canada’s Titanic –The Empress of Ireland. In May 1914, two ships collided in the St. Lawrence River and the Empress of Ireland sank in just 15 minutes, taking 1,032 souls with her.
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