What’s shakin’ in Ottawa’s museums?
The newly renovated and integrated Canadian and Indigenous Galleries opened on June 15, 2017 at the National Gallery of Canada. Our Masterpieces, Our Stories (until September 4, 2017), a celebration of art in Canada, features close to 1,000 works of art. Also check out PhotoLab 2: Women Speaking Art (until September 10, 2017), Photography in Canada: 1960-2000 (until September 17, 2017), and Canadian and Indigenous Art 1968 to Present (until April 30, 2018).
Experience life in Canada’s vast northernmost region at the Canadian Museum of Nature’s new permanent Canada Goose Arctic Gallery (opened June 21, 2017). See the history and culture of Northern communities through their own perspective starting with Inuinnauyugut: We are Inuinnait, the inaugural exhibition. Dance the night away on the last Friday of most months at Nature Nocturne.
On July 1, 2017, the Canadian Museum of History unveils its new Canadian History Hall, telling the story of Canada through 18 “chapters” of artifacts in three galleries. You can also check out Hockey (until October 9, 2017), which explores Canada’s historic love of the sport and its impact on Canadian identity and Canada: Day 1 (until January 8, 2018) to discover the stories, first steps, first impressions, and first experiences of immigrants from Confederation in 1867 to the present day.
At the Ottawa Art Gallery, social practice artist Carmen Papalia highlights objects from his practice-based research on the topic of organizing for accessibility and mutual aid with the exhibition Open Access: A Demonstration (until August 13, 2017).
At the Canadian War Museum, the 100th anniversary of the pivotal Battle of Vimy Ridge is commemorated with the exhibition Vimy – 100 Years (until November 12, 2017). Learn about the contributions of the Jewish community in Canada at the Canadian Jewish Experience (until September 4, 2017).
The Bytown Museum celebrates its 100th anniversary by showcasing objects from its permanent collection in A Century of Community. Until February 19, 2018.
At the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum, Canadian artist Valerie Noftle’s exhibition From Hand to Hand, exploring the stories of veterans through photographs of their hands, is on until July 30, 2017. Wander through Treasures from the Diefenbunker with the new year-long series of monthly features highlighting archival documents and artifacts from the Diefenbunker collection (until December 2017).
Explore the heart of the economic system at the Bank of Canada Museum (formerly the Currency Museum of the Bank of Canada), reopening on July 1, 2017.
And finally, don’t forget to mark your calendars for the completely renovated Canada Science and Technology Museum, opening on November 17, 2017 (50 years to the day of its inauguration)!