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Current Exhibitions

JAN 2019
to
JAN 2020

SPECTRUM

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.

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SEP 2019
to
JAN 2020

AFTERLIFE

AUTUMN 2019 THEMUSEUM delves into the AFTERLIFE with a series of immersive experiences that will lift the veil to the world beyond. AFTERLIFE | A Séance Experience Featuring The Ghost of Thomas Lacey will explore the themes surrounding death that are meant to challenge and enlighten, while plunging you head-first into the question – What […]

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SEP 2019
to
JAN 2020

INNOVATION IN ITS TIME | The World’s First Typewriters

September 18, 2019 – January 12, 2020 INNOVATION IN ITS TIME | The World’s First Typewriters, offers a fresh look at one of modern history’s greatest inventions, the typewriter. The exhibition spotlights twenty-eight typewriters from Toronto based collector, Martin Howard, and allows a hands on look at some of the very first forms of typewriters from […]

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Upcoming Exhibitions

Coming
JAN 2020

ALARM

THEMUSEUM Receives $100,000 in Support of Climate Festival Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund (OCAF) Helps Shine a Light on Crisis   In response to THEMUSEUM weighing in on the global climate crisis, ALARM is set to open in January 2020 and has been financially assisted by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund a program of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of […]

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Past Exhibitions

2018

BRAIN: The World Inside Your Head

September 29, 2018 – September 8, 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 […]

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2019

Becoming Neighbours – 7th Annual Refugee Art Show

Becoming Neighbours – 7th Annual Refugee Art Show June 8, 2019 to September 2, 2019 Please join us at THEMUSEUM for our 7th Annual Refugee Art show featuring artwork from local and international artists.  Featuring artwork from: Euan Gray with special thanks to Community Coalition on Refugee and Immigrant Concerns (CCORIC). Left overs // 2012 […]

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2019

FLOW | The Menstruation Exhibition

FLOW | The Menstruation Exhibition. Join THEMUSEUM in discovering, discussing, and destigmatizing the natural process of menstruation through dialogue, art and a healthy dose of reality.

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2019

Connections & Context: Islamic Influences and Traditions

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 […]

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2019

TIFF Presents: digiplayspace

  TIFF Presents: DigiPlaySpace May 31, 2018 – January 6, 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, […]

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2018

Film No. 5 (Smile) from the Collection of Yoko Ono

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 […]

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2018

The Living Wall

The Living Wall THE PROBLEM: Canadians spend more than 80% of their time indoors, hence indoor air quality has a significant affect on overall health. Indoor air can have over 200 different airborne gaseous pollutants such as benzene and formaldehyde, which have serious health effects. Environment Canada and the US. Environmental Protection Agency have indicated that […]

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2018

Decoding E-Money

Decoding E-Money May 19, 2018 – 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 […]

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2018

The 6th Annual Refugee Art Show

6th Annual Refugee Art Show June 2, 2018 – September 3, 2018 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 […]

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2018

Open Ears Festival at THEMUSEUM

Open Ears at THEMUSEUM September 3, 2017 – May 19, 2018 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. […]

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2018

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Digital Dynamics 2018

71Digital Dynamics October 4, 2017 – 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 […]

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2018

Global Water Photography Display

Clean Water Here May 5, 2018 – June 24, 2018 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 and users. […]

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2017

8th Annual Side by Side Art Show

The 8th Annual SIDE by SIDE Art Show will be on display at THEMUSEUM from Wednesday, May 3 to Sunday, May 28, 2017.

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2017

The Great Canadian LEED-Scape

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.

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2017

Walking Together

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.

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2017

Model Citizens

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.

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2017

Step Right Up! The Travelling Carnival in Canada

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.

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2017

A Cause for Celebration? First Things First

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.

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2017

Documenting Downtown Change

Documenting Downtown Change is a photography exhibition and dialogue that shares moments in a changing Downtown Kitchener through the eyes of community members.

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2017

QUANTUM: The Exhibition

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.

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2017

Celebrating Identity: Second Annual Muslim Women Art Exhibition

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.

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2016

ART and SOUL: 7th Annual Side by Side Art Show

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.”

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2016

Fourth Annual Refugee Art Exhibition

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.

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2016

Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disasters

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.

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2016

Terry Fox – Running to the Heart of Canada

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.

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2016

Ice Age Mammals

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.

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2016

The Havana Dialogues

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.

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2016

LIGHT Illuminated

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.

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2015

Fast Forward Waterloo Region

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.

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2015

Dinosaurs | The Edge of Extinction

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.

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2015

Summer of Discovery

Summer of Discovery During the Summer of Discovery, THEMUSEUM created an immersive experience through six exhibitions including the return of the “Balloon Room” and a brand new installation ‘Ellipsis’ which allowed visitors to be part of a community art piece. Become a scientist for the day and learn all about health and nutrition in a […]

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2015

Getting Naked

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.

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2015

Holocaust Remembered

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.

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2014

The Science of Sexuality

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.

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2014

Unwrapping Egypt

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.

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2014

A Russian Accent

A Russian Accent THEMUSEUM, as a part of its effort to present diverse voices and fresh cultural content from around the globe, is proud to present A Russian Accent. The exhibition gives THEMUSEUM the opportunity to share Russian traditional, contemporary and sport culture with Canadians of all ages.  The exhibition is in honour and recognition of […]

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2014

SURFACE TENSION | The Future of Water

SURFACE TENSION | The Future of Water September 20, 2013 – January 5, 2014 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 […]

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2013

ONE LOVE: The Bob Marley Exhibition

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.

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2013

James Cameron’s AVATAR: The Exhibition

James Cameron’s AVATAR 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 […]

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2013

Treasures of China Featuring the Dazu Rock Carvings

Treasures of China Featuring the Dazu Rock Carvings 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, […]

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2012

ADD COLOUR | A Yoko Ono Exhibit

ADD COLOUR | A Yoko Ono Exhibit 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 […]

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2012

DINOSAURS!

DINOSAURS! Let’s hear you ROAR this summer with DINOSAURS!, THEMUSEUM’s exciting exhibition featuring animatronic prehistoric beasts. Walk amongst these towering “terrible lizards” as they stretch their tails, crane their necks and let out earth-shaking bellows all in life-like scenes. Don’t wait another 65 million years to see these DINOSAURS! – visit THEMUSEUM this summer! What […]

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2012

Arena | The Hockey Exhibit

Arena | The Hockey Exhibit ARENA | The Hockey Exhibition is an original collection of objects, memorabilia, displays and art that explore our enduring fascination with “Canada’s game.”  Visitors will rediscover their love of hockey; the same sport woven into the cultural fabric of the Canadian identity. ARENA is for those who are just learning […]

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2012

Beyond the Image

Beyond the Image Welcome to the digital world. Have you made the switch to digital? It’s supposed to be the revolution of the century. But what exactly is a digital image? How is it created and what purpose does it serve? The advent of the digital era has altered our lives more than we think. […]

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2012

RAM | Rethinking Art and Machine

RAM | Rethinking Art and Machine RAM | Rethinking Art and Machine showcases the work of pioneer artists who have addressed the relationship between art and electronic technology, light, graphics, robots, and virtual reality dating back to the 1960’s. The artists include Jim Campbell, Manfred Mohr, Alan Rath, Daniel Rozin and Peter Vogel. These innovators […]

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2011

Animal Grossology

Animal Grossology THEMUSEUM was home to the grossest, most entertaining and educational exhibit you’ve ever seen. Using imaginative interactive exhibits and animated characters set in a virtual 3D animal world, Animal Grossology is an exciting show based on Sylvia Branzei’s best-selling Grossology books.

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2011

EquiMania!

EquiMania! Summer 2012 THEMUSEUM is delighted to welcome a new feature show appealing to the inner equine-lover to downtown Kitchener this summer. Produced by Equine Guelph at the University of Guelph, EquiMania! is an interactive youth education program and exhibition designed to teach kids about horse health and safety. After a month into hosting the […]

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2011

SEARCHING FOR TOM | Tom Thomson: Man, Myth, and Masterworks

  SEARCHING FOR TOM | Tom Thomson: Man, Myth, and Masterworks 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 […]

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2011

Watt’s Up? Renewable Energy

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2011

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition

  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 debris […]

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2010

Tech City

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2010

Cosmiomania | Our Space Rocks!

Cosmicmania | Our Space Rock! Cosmomania: The Incredible Space Adventure – Climb aboard this marvellous machine and go back in time! Begin your journey in the USSR at the end of the 1950s. You’re in the workshop that housed Sputnik, the first satellite to orbit Earth. Relive the space exploration odyssey. The rich stories and […]

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2010

Germs, Germs, Germs

Germs! Germs! Germs! The Germs! Germs! Germs! Exhibition is a traveling exhibit on its way to The Children’s Museum from the Musée de la nature et des sciences in Quebec, Canada. The exhibit is designed to introduce Museum visitors to the world of microorganisms and how germs live, spread and are eventually killed. This is […]

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2010

Our Body: The Universe Within

Our Body: The Universe Within Winter 2010 An examination of the human body as never before seen in Waterloo Region – with the use of real human body specimens. The “Our Body: The Universe Within” exhibition features the human anatomy via real human bodies. And the bodies, and body parts, feature exposed anatomy, including one display that […]

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2010

GPS Adventures

GPS Adventures Created by Groundspeak, founders of Geocaching.com, GPS Adventures helps combine the excitement of a treasure hunt with the chance to inspire families to explore the great outdoors in ways you never have before. Navigating around obstacles, cracking mysterious codes and learning how to prepare for a treasure hunt are all part of the adventure designed to inspire a treasure […]

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2010

Woldemar Neufeld | Stories Best Told

Woldemar Neufeld | Stories Told Best Fall 2009 Curated by Suzanne Luke  Born on November 10, 1909 in Waldheim, Russia to prosperous Mennonite parents, Woldemar Neufeld enjoyed a happy and carefree childhood. At the age of ten, he expressed his desire to become an artist. Unfortunately, his aspirations were cut short by the outbreak of […]

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2009

Talkin’ Bout My Generation | How Youth Revolution and Music Change the World

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.

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2009

The Geee! In Genome

The Geee! In Genome This exhibition examines the basics of genes and genomics, highlighting recent scientific discoveries, their applications and the impact of genomic research on society. A wide array of topics are explored, ranging from the mapping of the human genome and its implications for the health of Canadians, to the use of genomics in agriculture, forestry and the […]

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2009

Bridges that Unite

Bridges that Unite April 4, 2009 – May 3, 2009. Museum secures Bridges that Unite in Partnership with Aga Khan Foundation Canada Major Exhibition set to open in Waterloo Region invites Participants to Explore Canada’s role on the World Stage Kitchener, ON, March 5, 2009 – An interactive exhibition showcasing Canada’s ability to bridge the […]

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2009

Seals of Magdalen Island

Seals of Magdalen Island

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2009

Mission: Outer Space: A COM DEV Adventure

Mission: Outer Space: A COM DEV Adventure

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2009

Andy Warhol’s Factory

Andy Warhol’s Factory 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.

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2008

An Arctic Adventure (A Celebration of Canada’s North?)

An Arctic Adventure (A Celebration of Canada’s North?)

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2008

Dinosaurs Alive!

  Dinosaurs Alive! A collection of life -sized, animatronic dinosaurs! Beginning in the summer of 2008, The Children’s Museum is proud to announce it’s next major exhibition, Dinosaurs Alive! Scheduled to be at the Museum until January of 2009, the six month run of the 6000 square foot Dinosaurs Alive! will attract families from across […]

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2008

Discovering Chimpanzees: The Remarkable World of Jane Goodall

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.

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2008

Techno Bio Style: Reinventing Nature

Techno Bio Style: Reinventing Nature Sept 18, 2008 – Jan 6, 2008 Nature’s inventions often exceed our own abilities to imagine and create. This exhibition demonstrates how human beings use nature as their inspiration to create, and invent! Discover the connection between Velcro and burdock, sonar and dolphins, architecture and elephants. Prepare to be fascinated, […]

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2008

Robotic Chair

The Robotic Chair September 20, 2008 – January 6, 2009 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.

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2007

Edward Burtynsky: Power to Change

Edward Burtynsky: Power to Change After a successful run of Chagall for Children, The Children’s Museum is following up with a breathtaking, original exhibition featuring the work of a Canadian artist. The exhibit, Edward Burtynsky: Power to Change, is a collection of photography combined with an interactive installation designed to let people pause and witness […]

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2007

Chagall for Children

An interactive and in depth look at the life and work of French artist, Marc Chagall.

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