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Current Exhibitions

ON DISPLAY UNTIL MAY 29, 2016: The 7th annual Side by Side Art Show includes works by local artists that depict this year's theme of "ART and Soul." More details

ON DISPLAY UNTIL JUNE 16, 2016: Terry Fox – Running to the Heart of Canada provides an in-depth look at Terry’s epic 143 day, 3,339 mile (5,373 kilometres) journey from St. John’s, Newfoundland, to Thunder Bay, Ontario. It explores Canadians’ deep and abiding affection for Terry and examines his unique place in our collective memory. More details

ON DISPLAY UNTIL OCTOBER 2, 2016: Ice Age Mammals brings you back in time to experience Canada's Yukon territory as it was 20,000 years ago. Come face-to-face with fossilized mammoths, mastodons, ground sloths, short-faced bears and more. More details

Upcoming Exhibitions

CALL FOR ARTISTSTHEMUSEUM is looking for art that reflects the 2016 theme of “Waterloo Region Celebrates Refugees” and show the experience of moving to the Waterloo Region as a refugee. 

OPENS SUMMER 2016: 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.

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 (currently not on display)

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! 

Construction Alley

Create a sculpture, maze, or a fort using the multi-coloured flags.  

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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