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Current Exhibitions

Open until Monday, September 4th, 2017A 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. More details

Open Until Monday September 4th, 2017Step Right Up! The Travelling Carnival in Canada weaves 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. More details

VR Lens Monitors Nik HarronOpen until summer 2017VR Lens Monitors explores creating physical kaleidoscopic filters for viewing video. The displays harken back to the golden era of circus sideshow “peep boxes”, or “raree shows” providing an intimate display of wonder and limitless possibility. More details

Open June 21- September 4, 2017: Walking Together, is a Woodland Cultural Centre project funded by Canada Council for the Arts, Community Collaborations Program. It is an intergenerational community arts project that brought together First Nations artists, Elders, Residential School Survivors and Youth to create mixed media art pieces. More details

Coming Soon

Comes to Life October 4th, 2017: Model Citizens presents two disparate yet playfully connected photography-based exhibitions that provoke dialogue about our connections with technology, digital media and ultimately each other. More details

Past Exhibitions

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Permanent Exhibits

Virtual Graffiti Wall

Practice the art of graffiti without the mess! THEMUSEUM's Virtual Graffiti Wall allows you to express your creativity with the click of a button on the "light-powered" spray can. Mix and match colours, alter the "spray" of the spray can, and then admire your painted masterpiece - or...start the fun all over again!

Animation Station

Are you an aspiring filmmaker? Then take your skills to the test at the Animation Station, THEMUSEUM's stop-motion animation studio. Plot your drama, frame-by-frame, in front of the camera using supplied props to inspire the next Steven Spielberg. And once Johnny has finally found his true love, or the giant centipede has swallowed the doomed automobile, play it back to your surrounding audience and enjoy! Click here to watch your uploaded animation!


This colourful area is designed for our youngest visitors to explore their creativity! The gallery is designed especially for children up to 4 years of age. The TotSpot introduces babies and toddlers to early learning principles through visual and tactile stimuli. 

Walking Piano

Dance on this giant 6 foot piano and learn simple songs or freestyle to create your own original compositions.

Beat Bender

Play with different sounds, tempos, and beats on this colour-changing drum.

Bed of Nails 

A favourite of visitors to THEMUSEUM, come lie on the Bed of Nails platform and hold down the button that slowly raises a series of nails, lifting you up!

Shadow Play

The large white screen on the main floor is the Shadow Play. Turn the coloured lights located behind the screen on and off to create multi-coloured shadows. Dance, pose or wiggle and watch your shadow move with you. How many shadows are there when all of the lights are on? 


These are in the centre of the Grand Atrium and unlike school and home you don't have to clean up your toys! 

Fish Tanks

Meet our fishy friends! In these 125 gallon tanks full of life, you'll find a variety of African Cichlids and Rainbow Fish! 

The Living Wall

The Living Wall greets guests after they walk through our adult or child sized front doors. The many plants that make up the garden use the sun's energy to grow as it cleans THEMUSEUM's air and helps cool the building in the summer! 

The Urban Streetscape Project 

A collaborative effort to showcase iconic features of our Region in a fun and interactive way! Create your own sound at The Beat Goes On and interact with images on the floor and wall! 

Thoughts Flow Water Table

Alter the speed, direction, or height of the water as you create patterns and pathways with the panels!  How many different ways can you direct the water? Can you have a boat race?

Pin Wall

Push your hand, chest, or back into the Pin Wall then see the impression you've left. But make sure you don't put your face on the Pin Wall.

Magnetic Wall

Create words, shapes and connect the gears!

Me and My Shadow (currently not on display)

Stand against the wall, press the button for a flash of light, and see what you create on the phosphorescent wall! 

Sol LeWitt Art Installation

Along our Atrium staircase you can discover an art piece unlike any other: white Styrofoam overtop a dark blue wall. This piece, by renowned American artist Sol LeWitt, is said to resemble cracking ice, and exemplifies the unique design he was known for. 



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