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Special Exhibits


Image Credit: Susanne Miller / USFWS

Arctic Voices

December 5, 2014 – April 30, 2015
Canadian Museum of Nature

On from December 5, 2014 – April 30, 2015, journey to the Arctic and challenge your perceptions at the Canadian Museum of Nature. Interactive experiences, photos, videos and real specimens convey that the Arctic is more than just snow—it is land, water, and ice. This exhibition is a forerunner for a new permanent Arctic gallery at the museum to open in 2017 in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary.

M.C. Escher: The Mathemagician

M.C. Escher, Sky and Water I, June 1938 (detail), National Gallery of
Canada, Ottawa. M.C. Escher’s “Sky and Water I” ©2014 The M.C.
Escher Company-The Netherlands. All rights reserved., Photo © NGC

M.C. Escher: The Mathemagician

December 20, 2014 to May 03, 2015
National Gallery of Canada

Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898–1972) was a skilled draughtsman, book illustrator, tapestry design and muralist, but he is best-known for his prints that reflect his fascination with order, symmetry and spatial logic. Featuring 54 works drawn from the Gallery’s extensive collection of M.C. Escher prints, this exhibition presents the various themes that fascinated this unique artist. On from December 20, 2014 – May 3, 2015 at the National Gallery of Canada.

Image Credit: Alex Colville, To Prince Edward Island (detail), 1965. NGC, Ottawa. Photo © NGC

Image Credit: Alex Colville, To Prince Edward Island (detail), 1965.
NGC, Ottawa. Photo © NGC

Alex Colville. A Canadian Icon

April 23 – September 7, 2015
National Gallery of Canada

From April 23 to September 7, 2015 at the National Gallery of Canada Alex Colville. A Canadian Icon offers a fresh perspective on Colville’s work, as he is considered to be one of Canada’s most celebrated artists. Featuring nearly a hundred paintings along with various student works and prints, this exhibition explores the breadth of Colville’s practice. The exhibition also includes pairings with filmmakers, authors, artists, graphic novelists and composers. Alex Colville aims to celebrate the artist’s legacy and attest to the continued relevance of his work. This exhibition is organised by the Art Gallery of Ontario.

400x224-Gladiators-and-the-Colosseum-Death-and-GloryGladiators and the Colosseum – Death and Glory

June 13 – September 7, 2015
Canadian War Museum

From June 13 to September 7, 2015, see this fascinating exhibition in Ottawa on its only North American stop! Developed by the Italian firms Contemporanea Progretti and Expona, Gladiators and the Colosseum – Death and Glory presents remarkable artifacts such as actual pieces of the legendary Colosseum in Rome, Italy, as well as rare weaponry and armour from the gladiator barracks in the ancient city of Pompeii. Covering four thematic zones – The Roman Empire, Rome and the Colosseum, Who are the Gladiators? and A Day at the Arena – this exhibition looks at the lives of these brave athletes who often met their death while entertaining and inspiring the people of ancient Rome. Gladiators were seen as models of courage and military prowess in ancient times!


Marc Chagall, The Trampled Flowers / Les fleurs saccagées,
(detail / detail) c. / v. 1956–1961, printed / tirée en 1961. NGC /
MBAC, Ottawa. Gift of / Don de Félix Quinet, Ottawa, 1986, in
memory of / à la mémoire de Joseph and /
et Marguerite Liverant. © Daphnis & Chloé, Acc. 29763.37;
Mourlot 342. © SODRAC 2015 and / et ADAGP 2015, Chagall ®.
Photo © NGC / MBAC

Chagall’s Daphnis & Chloé

May 28 – September 13, 2015
National Gallery of Canada

Through fanciful compositions and bright hues, the artist illustrates the pastoral idylls of the goatherd Daphnis and the shepherdess Chloé on the island of Lesbos as recounted in a semi-erotic second-century Greek tale.

18671867 – Rebellion and Confederation

November 28, 2014 – September 13, 2015
Canadian Museum of History

On July 1, 1867, Confederation was proclaimed. It marked the birth of today’s Canada and the culmination of a process that took nearly thirty years. This exhibition invites visitors to explore the journey of a society in transition and of people who fought, negotiated, and made compromises to better coexist. By presenting the pivotal moments that led to the drafting of the British North America Act, the exhibition helps visitors recognize a legacy that is still echoed in our identity, our values and our institutions. On from November 28, 2014 – September 13, 2015 at the Canadian Museum of History.

Body-Worlds-Animal-Inside-OutAnimal Inside Out

May 1 – September 20, 2015
Canadian Museum of Nature

A Canadian premiere! On at the Canadian Museum of Nature from May 1 to September 20, 2015, this unforgettable exhibition will lead you on a unique exploration of what lies beneath the surface of many amazing animals, large and small. The intricate biology of more than 100 specimens—from goats to giraffes, bulls to birds, and octopi to ostriches—is revealed, thanks to a process called plastination. It was invented by BODY WORLDS’ creator, anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens.

The-Greeks-Agamemnon-to-Alexander-the-GreatThe Greeks – Agamemnon to Alexander the Great

June 5 – October 12, 2015
Canadian Museum of History

From June 5 – October 12, 2015, at the Canadian Museum of History, take an extraordinary journey through more than 5,000 years of Greek culture, from the Neolithic era to the age of Alexander the Great. Featuring over 500 exquisite artifacts — many that have never been exhibited outside Greece — from 21 Greek museums, this is the most comprehensive exhibition on Ancient Greece to tour North America in a generation.

exhibition-living-in-spaceLiving in Space

Canada Aviation and Space Museum

Through 2015 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.


Image credit: © Gail Harvey, La Fondation Terry Fox /
Terry Fox Foundation

Terry Fox – Running to the heart of Canada

April 3, 2015 – January 24, 2016
Canadian Museum of History

Thirty-five years later, relive Terry Fox’s heroic Marathon of Hope in the largest exhibition of its kind. Through a wide array of artifacts, share Terry Fox’s daily experience during his 147 days and 5,000 km long journey from St. John’s to Thunder Bay. On from April 3, 2015 – January 24, 2016 at the Canadian Museum of History.

Exhibition tickets and packages available here.