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Join us at THEMUSEUM for our weekly 55 & Better Programming at 1:30 pm. THEMUSEUM will offer free admission to individuals 55+ each Thursday until May 2020. Programming is included with admission, and we will have a pop-up café with FREE treats provided by Chartwell Retirement Residences each week. Don’t forget your reusable mug for your free coffee!


All the following 55 & Better programming has been postponed until further notice. We will still offer FREE admission on Thursday to those 55 & Better while these activities are postponed.

Soapstone Carving

Thursday, April 2 from 1:30pm – 3pm

Join us for soapstone carving! We’ll teach you how to carve a stone into unique shapes and explain the traditional ways in which soapstone was used. Turn your creation into your very own wearable piece or a new decoration!

I'm Not Dead Yet - Living Every Moment

Thursday, April 9 from 1:30pm – 3pm

Join Mary Gatschene, author of “I’m Not Dead Yet – Living Every Moment”, a heartwarming book about creating wished for moments for those in their final journey in life, and loving memories for the loved ones that surround them. Mary will be sharing some of her experiences that inspired her book as a Registered Nurse who specializes in palliative care.

Pollinators - What to Plant

Thursday, April 16 from 1:30pm – 3pm

Join Jeff Thompson as he will present the best nectar and pollen plants for attracting and supporting a wide range of pollinators to your garden throughout the summer season.

Jeff Thompson is a Botanist, Ecologist and Arborist who owns Ontario’s oldest native plant nursery, Native Plant Source.

Artful Aging - Watercolour Workshop

Thursday, April 23 from 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Thursday, May 21 from 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Take an hour this Thursday to relax and free your mind with some watercolour painting. Take part in a guided session with Chartwell Retirement Residences, art supplies with be provided to all guests.

Birds of Prey

Thursday, April 30 from 12:30pm – 1pm

The Canadian Raptor Conservancy will present some of the birds that were prominent in Medieval society, and that are still around today, in an aerial performance.

*Please note: this special guest is part of our Medieval education week. Students will also be attending this performance. Program will also be a half an hour in length and will begin at 12:30 pm.

Guided Tour of Agents for Change

Thursday, May 7 from 1:30pm – 2pm

Join THEMUSEUM Interpretative staff for a guided tour of our fourth floor exhibition, Agents for Change | Facing the Anthropocene.

Agents for Change | Facing the Anthropocene, co-curated by Nina Czegledy and Jane Tingley, presents ten interdisciplinary women artists working on the theme of ecological change at the intersection of science, technology and art. Canadian and international artists include Diane Landry (QC), Donna Legault (ON), Maayke Schurer (ON), Liz Miller (QC) and Elaine Whittaker (ON), Kristine Diekman (USA), Olga Kisseleva (FR/RU) and Pinar Yoldas (TR/USA), as well as artist duos Caro McCaw and Vicki Smith (NZ), and Rasa Smite and Raitis Smits (LV).

Bee House Workshop

Thursday, May 14 from 1:30pm – 3pm

Using woodworking techniques, participants will build their own bee house in the Underground Studio MakerSpace.

Climate Refugees Film Screening

Thursday, May 28 from 1:30pm – 3pm

In celebration of World Refugee Day in June, join us for a screening of the documentary Climate Refugees. Climate Refugees is the first feature film to explore in-depth the global human impact of climate change and its serious destabilizing effect on international politics. The film turns the distant concept of global warming into a concrete human problem with enormous worldwide consequences.

Get Involved

Are you 55 & Better and looking to get involved more in the community?

THEMUSEUM invites you to contribute your diverse voice to the 55 & Better Committee. THEMUSEUM has recently launched a new programming initiative on Thursdays for those 55 & better! As part of the initiative, we are looking to create a committee of individuals that can help shape our future programming offerings, help execute Thursday programming, and use their voice to spread awareness.

Apply to the 55 & Better Committee


55 & Better Thursdays are sponsored by Chartwell Retirement Residences and funded by the Government of Canada and an Ontario Community Grant.

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