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Current Exhibitions

SEPT 2018
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APR 2019

BRAIN: The World Inside Your Head

September 29, 2018 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 provides an up-close […]

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Sep 2018
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Jan 2019

Connections & Context: Islamic Influences and Traditions

Connections & Context: Islamic Influences and Traditions SEPTEMBER 29, 2018 – JANUARY 6, 2019 Artist Meet & Greet: October 28, 1-3pm 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 […]

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May 2018
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Jan 2019

TIFF Presents: digiplayspace

NOW OPEN!  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 you design yourself […]

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Upcoming Exhibitions

Past Exhibitions

2018

Global Water Photography Display

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 […]

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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

Open Ears Festival at THEMUSEUM

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 […]

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2018

Digital Dynamics 2018

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 […]

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2018

Decoding E-Money

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 […]

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2018

The 6th Annual Refugee Art Show

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 […]

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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

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

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

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

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

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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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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2008

The Living Wall

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!

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Russian Accent

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2014

SURFACE TENSION | The Future of Water

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2013

ONE LOVE: The Bob Marley Exhibition

2013

James Cameron’s AVATAR: The Exhibition

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2013

Treasures of China Featuring the Dazu Rock Carvings

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2012

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 you want it) campaign for peace. From […]

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2012

DINOSAURS!

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2012

Arena | The Hockey Exhibit

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2011

Beyond the Image

2012

RAM | Rethinking Art and Machine

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2011

Animal Grossology

2011

EquiMania!

2011

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

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 […]

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2011

Watt’s Up? Renewable Energy

2011

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition

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 […]

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2010

Tech City

2010

Cosmiomania | Our Space Rocks!

2010

Germs, Germs, Germs

2010

Our Body: The Universe Within

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.

2010

GPS Adventures

2010

Woldemar Neufeld | Stories Best Told

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.

2009

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

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.

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2009

The Geee! In Genome

2009

Bridges that Unite

2009

Seals of Magdalen Island

2009

Mission: Outer Space: A COM DEV Adventure

2009

Andy Warhol’s Factory

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.

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2008

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

2008

Dinosaurs Alive!

Dinosaurs Alive! July 1, 2008 – January 11, 2009 A collection of life -sized, animatronic dinosaurs!

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.

2008

Techno Bio Style: Reinventing Nature

2008

Robotic Chair

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.

2007

Edward Burtynsky: Power to Change

2007

Chagall for Children

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

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