SPECTRUM | The Climate Emergency Experience and THEMUSEUM are open this weekend >>


Open Friday - 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
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January 24, 2020 – September 7, 2020

On June 24, 2019 the City of Kitchener council unanimously declared a climate emergency and we are sounding the ALARM. It is time to take Action and Learn about our effects on climate. We must Adapt our lifestyles, take Responsibility and Mobilize climate action now! 

THEMUSEUM looks to use its stage to shine a light on the efforts being done to help conserve a natural climate and make transformative connections to what individuals, corporations and governments must do to chart a new course of optimism for the future. 

The anchor, Agents for Change | Facing the Anthropocene, co-curated by Nina Czegledy and Jane Tingley features ten interdisciplinary women artists working on the theme of ecological change at the intersection of science, technology, and art. ALARM will also explore the impact on the melting polar ice caps, water, climate refugees and a family exhibition exploring at-risk species with a focus on the dwindling frog population as they approach the sixth mass extinction.


Agents for Change | Facing the Anthropocene 

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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).


Arshake, Italy    Noema, Italy      University of Toronto   
RIXC, Latvia


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Our ice caps are melting at an alarming rate! MELTING ICE brings together photographic works from local photographers Ben Eby and Brian Riddell on their recent trips to the Antarctic and the Arctic circle.

Also featured in this exhibition is an interactive iceberg installation! Explore these amazing works while ice cracks beneath your feet. 

Alarm: Polar Soundscape provided by Shiloh Harrison.  Shiloh Harrison is an Ontario songwriter / producer who performs under the moniker HotKid.

EXTINCTION (Closed March 2020)

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Peer into the world of amphibians and reptiles in this interactive exhibition featuring 8 live habitats of frogs and their friends! Discover these amazing creatures and learn about their critical, but often overlooked, role for humans and our current climate emergency. 

Animals in this exhibition include:

Baby Reticulated Python
Blue Dyeing Dart Frogs
Bumblebee Dart Frogs
Whites Tree Frogs
Milky Tree Frogs
Leachie Gecko
Garter Snakes

Care & Safety of Our Animals

Also featured in EXTINCTION will be a Common Octopus! Watch this spectacular creature master disguises in our very own tank. Once you’re acquainted, make sure to enter our contest to name our new tentacled friend!

Check out our Education Programs that relate to EXTINCTION!

SPECTRUM | The Climate Emergency Experience

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SPECTRUM | The Climate Emergency Experience is a temporary pop-up exhibition presented by THEMUSEUM at The Shops at Waterloo Town Square. You will be completely immersed within each art installation in this one-of-a-kind experience that raises the ALARM on climate change. Look at the climate crisis in a whole new way today (literally!) as you are confronted with impressive installations which, like the scientific evidence of our changing climate, are impossible to ignore.


Wednesday – Friday: 4pm – 9pm
Saturday: 9am – 9pm
Sunday: 9am – 6pm

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This is an offsite exhibition at The Shops at Waterloo Town Square. Questions about this experience? Call Visitor Services at 519 749 9387.

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