Museum Round-Up What’s shakin’ in Ottawa’s museums?
- Canada Aviation & Space Museum: until September 2, 2013: Star Wars Identities. A blockbuster exhibit explores the concept of identity as it relates to the characters of Star Wars. Visitors see how factors such as parents, culture, mentors, personality and values influence their identity. Find out which Stars Wars character you most resemble.
- Canadian Museum of Nature: until September 2, 2013: Edward Burtynsky : Oil presents beautiful and provocative large-format photographs by this Canadian artist that capture the effects of oil on our lives, depicting landscapes altered by its extraction and the urban sprawl resulting from its use.
Also watch for a special edition of Nature Nocturne (when the museum is transformed into a nightclub, with music, dancing, food and drink and interactive exhibits) on Friday, August 9. Nature Nocturne returns Sept. 20, Oct. 25
and Nov. 22.
- Canadian Museum of Civilization (to be renamed Canadian Museum of History by 2017): until February 23, 2014: Vodou: Travel through a showcase of over 350 Haitian cult objects, all witness to the power of belief over destiny.
- National Gallery of Canada: until September 2, 2013: Sakahàn, a huge survey of contemporary Indigenous art from around the world. Even without visiting, you can admire the giant “iceberg” artwork by Greenland artist Inuk Silis Høegh that covers scaffolding that’s being used to replace the windows in the
Gallery’s Great Hall.
- Canadian War Museum: until January 5, 2014: Peace: The Exhibition explores the concept of peace, and how we achieve it. It is the story of how Canadians have understood and acted for peace, from street protest to humanitarian service, and from the conference table to the battlefield.
- Bytown Museum: until February 17, 2014: Mexico Fantastico shows the beauty of Mexican culture and the significance of the relationship between Canada and Mexico.
- Diefenbunker, Canada’s Cold War Museum: until August 30, 2013: Cold War Cartooning. The Cold War era (1947-1989) offered endless inspiration for cartoonists.
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