September 29, 2018 – April 28, 2019 This 3,000 square-foot exhibition focuses on the quintessential organic computer that is responsible for every thought, motion and movement your body makes. Using innovative special effects, video games, optical illusions and interactive displays, BRAIN shows how the brain functions – and sometimes – malfunctions. This hands-on and interactive exhibition […]
Connections & Context: Islamic Influences and Traditions September 29, 2018 – February 10 ,2019 For the third consecutive year, THEMUSEUM is partnering with The Coalition of Muslim Women of KW (CMW-KW) to present Connections & Context: Islamic Influences and Traditions. Islamic art is often associated with calligraphy, complex geometric patterns, intricate arabesque designs and miniature […]
OPEN UNTIL JANUARY 6TH, 2019! Take your kids on an interactive adventure in digiPlaySpace where they will laugh and learn with new media technologies, learning-centric games, and hands-on installations. Kids of all ages can explore innovative interactive works from internationally recognized children’s media artists at THEMUSEUM. Create, test and collect robots, race your friends on a track […]
Local and international artists will create 14 fun and colourful installations for all ages. From sensory ball pit rooms to experiencing sound transformed into sight, this innovative hands-on exhibition will explore the effect that colour has over you.
Clean Water Here May 5, 2018 – June 24, 2018 Global Photography Exhibit Presented by the Water Institute, University of Waterloo To document today’s water issues, Clean Water Here asked photographers from around the world to show us what the lack of safe drinking water means knowing the water cycle in its entirety includes all uses […]
Film No. 5 (Smile) Collection of Yoko Ono ©1968 May 19, 2018 – September 3, 2018 THEMUSEUM is honoured to partner with Yoko Ono once again. In 2012, ADD COLOUR I A YOKO ONO EXHIBIT showcased nine installations of Instruction Works, all of which she personally selected. In celebration of our 15th anniversary, THEMUSEUM will […]
Open Ears at THEMUSEUM TUBULUM (Rimba Tubes or Thongophone) Design: Scott Lindsay Fabrication: Richard Burrows, Adam Campbell, Daniel Morphy, Steve Bottoms, Scott Lindsay Contributions: Culliton Inc., Formatop Materials: 3” plastic drainage pipe A tubulum is a percussive instrument made out of PVC pipes, resembling a xylophone or vibraphone. The column of air inside each […]
Digital Dynamics October, 4 2017 until May 13, 2018 Digital Dynamics 2018 presents a diverse selection of interactive works that range from games, to net.art, to new media artworks. Each portion of the show is designed to explore the depth and breadth of how interactivity can be used in order to engage the public and […]
Decoding E-Money May 19 – September 3, 2018 Discover the emerging world of Bitcoin! Follow your dollar through the economy: From purchase to deposit using traditional and e-payment systems. Interact with e-money displays on the high-tech intricacies of web-based currencies. Explore more than 60 artifacts from the past 200 years that challenged notions of acceptance much […]
June 2 – September 3, 2018 6th Annual Refugee Art Show THEMUSEUM has partnered with CCORIC to host the sixth annual Refugee Art Show for the summer. This year’s local theme for World Refugee Day Waterloo Region is “Becoming Neighbours”. People who have fled persecution, war and conflict have found a safe and welcoming home in […]
The Travelling Carnival in Canada will weave visitors through 150 years of the history of the travelling carnival, from its origins in both travelling entertainment and agricultural societies to its genesis at the 1893 World’s Fair and the developments through the 20th and 21st century that made it one of the most popular forms of entertainment in the country.
A Cause for Celebration? First Things First presents the work of three contemporary Indigenous artists and one new Canadian artist who deal with issues of past and present, healing and justice, hope and vision. Diverse in their practices, these artists create work that speaks to present day issues, problems and solutions that emphasize the universality of human experiences. In learning from the past, we will adapt for the future. We will thrive. And that is a cause for celebration.
The 8th Annual SIDE by SIDE Art Show will be on display at THEMUSEUM from Wednesday, May 3 to Sunday, May 28, 2017.
Walking Together is an intergenerational community arts project that brought together First Nations artists, Elders, Residential School Survivors and Youth to create mixed media art pieces. Eleven First Nations students from Pauline Johnson Collegiate and Vocational School in Brantford came together with former students of the Mohawk Institute residential school to remind the youth of an important part of our First Nations history and Canada’s history.
Beginning October 2017, THEMUSEUM in downtown Kitchener will present two disparate yet playfully connected photography-based exhibitions that provoke dialogue about our connections with technology, digital media and ultimately each other.
QUANTUM: The Exhibition premiered October 14, 2016 at THEMUSEUM and was produced by the Institute of Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo. This ground breaking exhibition was selected as part of the Signature Initiative of the Government of Canada’s sesquicentennial celebration, INNOVATION150, which celebrates 150 years of Canadian innovation.
Documenting Downtown Change is a photography exhibition and dialogue that shares moments in a changing Downtown Kitchener through the eyes of community members.
The Coalition of Muslim Women of KW (CMW) is very pleased to announce its second annual Muslim women art exhibition, Celebrating Identity, as part of Canada / Ontario 150 celebrations.
The Great Canadian LEED-Scape is a 53-foot-long painting, which explores the natural environment and the recent development of sustainable buildings across Canada.
The Living Wall greeted guests after they walked through our adult or child sized front doors. The many plants that make up the garden used the sun’s energy to grow as it cleaned THEMUSEUM’s air and helped cool the building in the summer!
The 7th Annual Side by Side Art Show was on display at THEMUSEUM from Wednesday, April 29 until Friday, May 29, 2016. This year’s theme was “ART and Soul.”
Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disasters explores some of the world’s most powerful natural disasters: tornadoes, volcanoes, hurricanes, and earthquakes. Visitors will be able to get up-close and personal with these naturally occurring events, see the types of destruction they create, and learn about the dynamic relationships that humans share with nature.
We marked Terry Fox’s heroic Marathon of Hope by presenting the most comprehensive exhibition ever organized on the run and Terry’s remarkable and continuing legacy.
THEMUSEUM partnered with the Community Coalition on Refugee and Immigrant Concerns (CCORIC) and Immigration Partnership Waterloo Region to host the fourth annual Refugee Art Exhibition during the month of June 2016.
Ice Age Mammals explored topics and information regarding climate change, the Earth’s environmental timeline, animal extinction, and the environmental impact that humans create. The exhibition is also complemented with murals by Canadian palaeoartist George “Rinaldino” Teichmann.
The Havana Dialogues explores the unique Cuban Canadian relationship over the past seventy years. The photography based exhibition will feature two black and white photography collections; the first on loan from the Cuban Embassy in Ottawa, and the second a series by Canadian photographer Nick Devlin. The photographs depict Cuba’s relationship with Canada, as well as Cuban history and culture.
Experience art and technology at play while learning about the value and importance of light and light-based technologies. LIGHT Illuminated celebrates the United Nations’ International Year of Light by presenting a new, interactive exhibition that invites visitors to explore the worlds of optics and physics.
What do you think Waterloo Region might look like 50 years from now? From LRT to increased housing developments, expanding arts and cultural to local startups, our Tri-City area is constantly changing. Fast Forward Waterloo Region is an art exhibition that has been curated by a group of twenty artists from across Waterloo Region who call themselves Collective Identity.
Dinosaurs | The Edge of Extinction uncovered a century of research about both Triceratops and Tyrannosaurus Rex – two of the most well-known dinosaurs – and how they lived until the Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction. It will reveal the interdependence between the species, their environment, and the forces that shaped both their life and extinction.
The Canadian Council Art Bank has been collecting work by the best Canadian artists of our time for over forty years, becoming the world’s largest collection of contemporary Canadian art. The Art Bank shares its collection through art rental and outreach programs which sees approximately 3,000 works on display at various locations each year. But rarely are the works that depict subjects who are naked, nude, or unclothed exhibited, pieces which make up a large percentage of the collection.
Holocaust Remembered is an installation made possible through collaborations between THEMUSEUM, The Stratford Festival, and The Stratford Perth Museum. This photograph-based installation features black and white portraits by Toronto-based photographer Jason Schwartz. The portraits will be accompanied by oral histories from survivors and original artifacts from the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre.
Unwrapping Egypt revealed the secrets of an ancient culture, featuring over 400 museum-quality replica artifacts focusing on the world-famous tomb of King Tutankhamun. Covering two levels of THEMUSEUM, visitors were invited to marvel at the incredible 5,000 years of Egyptian history and culture including Pharaonic, Greek and Roman, Coptic and Islamic artifacts in addition to the King Tutankhamun artifacts.
THEMUSEUM wanted to start a conversation about a very important topic – “the talk.” The Science of Sexuality responded to the main concerns of young people and the not-so-young alike. It’s not shy. It’s frank. It’s respectful. It approaches sexuality in a positive manner. For ages 13 and up, this award-winning, innovative exhibition was developed with the help of respected specialists (sexologists, doctors and scientists), teaching specialists, parents, and young people of all ages. In the exhibition’s five zones, the answers to over 100 basic questions were provided through 50 interactive games, videos, and original multimedia productions.
The future of water is the subject of tension. Water is both disposable and sacred, a muse for artists and a necessity for life – a source of healing and of conflict. The Earth has abundant water, but only a very small proportion is available for human use. How should this be managed and sustained, […]
Curated by The GRAMMY Museum at L.A. Live, The Bob Marley Exhibition presents an exploration of Marley’s role as the catalyst for the reggae revolution and explores his influence on music and culture over the past three decades. A private, spiritual man, and a powerful performer who used his lyrics to give a voice to the disenfranchised, Bob is a legend who has inspired legions of fan in the 31 years since his death.
James Cameron’s AVATAR: The Exhibition at THEMUSEUM in association with Christie Digital. AVATAR: The Exhibition offers an unprecedented, first-hand look inside the making of the highest-grossing film of all time. Developed in partnership with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products and James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment, Inc., AVATAR: The Exhibition dives deep into the world of Pandora, […]
Treasures of China featuring the Dazu Rock Carvings showcases the North American premiere of 48 ancient Chinese sculptures depicting a fusion of Buddhist, Taoist and Confucian beliefs, dating back as far as the 10th Century AD. The Dazu Rock Carvings are known worldwide for their large scale, complete conservation, display of nationality and life, and […]
YOKO ONO is a multi-media artist whose thought provoking work challenges people’s understanding of art and the world around them. Yoko gained fame in New York at the beginning of the 1960s. In 1969, together with John Lennon, she realized Bed-In, and the worldwide War Is Over! (if you want it) campaign for peace. From […]
Winter 2010 SEARCHING FOR TOM will lead visitors through Thomson’s life and mysterious death, his influence on Canadian art and how contemporary artists are now interpreting his landscapes. Thomson ultimately changed and defined the way Canadians view our nation, which has resulted in numerous interpretations through multimedia art. THEMUSEUM hopes to bring awareness of Thomson […]
Fall 2010 Titanic | The Artifact Exhibition On April 15, 1912, the ship once called unsinkable, fell to the bottom of the ocean floor. Now, 98 years later, THEMUSEUM welcomes visitors to pay tribute to this tragedy at Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition. More than 150 artifacts recovered from the ocean floor, conserved from the Ship’s […]
Winter 2010 Our Body: The Universe Within An examination of the human body as never before seen in Waterloo Region – with the use of real human body specimens.
Fall 2009 Woldemar Neufeld | Stories Told Best A celebration of local artist Woldemar Neufeld on the hundredth anniversary of his birth through works curated by the Robert Langen Art Gallery at Wilfrid Laurier University.
Summer 2009 Talkin’ Bout My Generation To celebrate Woodstock’s 40th anniversary, this exhibit took visitors back to the sixties through authentic memorabilia and rock posters from Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
Andy Warhol’s Factory Winter 2009 Featuring the original exhibit, The Art, Inspiration and Appropriation of Andy Warhol, this show took a look at Warhol’s prolific career and ongoing legacy through over sixty authentic Warhol’s and works by a dozen contemporary artists appropriating Warhol today.
Dinosaurs Alive! July 1, 2008 – January 11, 2009 A collection of life -sized, animatronic dinosaurs!
Discovering Chimpanzees: The Remarkable World of Jane Goodall sparked interest with students and educators through an interactive exploration of Dr. Jane Goodall’s life work with chimpanzees, including replicas of her work tent and jungle scenes.
Fall 2008 The Robotic Chair A collaborative project by Canadian contemporary artist Max Dean along with Raffaello D’Andrea and Matt Donovan, this chair falls apart and before your eyes and reassembles itself.
An interactive and in depth look at the life and work of French artist, Marc Chagall.