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Current Exhibitions

Oct 7
to
Jan 7

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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Oct 4
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May 13

INTERPLAY

Explore the history of electronic entertainment through personal computers and video game consoles of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s in this interactive exhibit

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Oct 4
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Oct 31

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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Upcoming Exhibitions

Coming
2018

INTERACTION

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Coming
November 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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Past Exhibitions

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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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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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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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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2016

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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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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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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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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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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The Aging Dialogues: Sharing Wisdom, Preserving our Legacies

The Aging Dialogues: Sharing Wisdom, Preserving Our Legacies focuses on human connections, and showcases diverse voices and creativity that spans generations; shared memories, relationships, and personal belongings will highlight the exhibition, as well as videos and photographs.

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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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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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2015

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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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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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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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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The Art of Belonging: Sixth Annual Side by Side Art Show

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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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Imagine A Show | Youth Photography Night

For the third year, THEMUSEUM showcased Imagine A Show | Youth Photography. The installation is a collection of photographs captured by our youth and presented here to inspire your own creation. Our night of exploration will have activities designed to inspire and challenge your thinking and photography. We invite visitors of all ages to jump, […]

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2014

A Russian Accent

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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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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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2013

Justin Bieber Experience

ONE LOVE: The Bob Marley Exhibition

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SURFACE TENSION | The Future of Water

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2012

Arena | The Hockey Exhibit

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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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DINOSAURS!

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James Cameron’s AVATAR: The Exhibition

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Treasures of China Featuring the Dazu Rock Carvings

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2011

Beyond the Image

Animal Grossology

EquiMania!

RAM | Rethinking Art and Machine

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

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Tech City

2010

Cosmiomania | Our Space Rocks!

Germs, Germs, Germs

Our Body: The Universe Within

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition

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Watt’s Up? Renewable Energy

2009

Andy Warhol’s Factory

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Bridges that Unite

Mission: Outer Space: A COM DEV Adventure

Seals of Magdalen Island

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

The Geee! In Genome

GPS Adventures

Woldemar Neufeld | Stories Best Told

2008

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

Dinosaurs Alive!

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.

2007

Chagall for Children

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

Edward Burtynsky: Power to Change

Techno Bio Style: Reinventing Nature

Robotic Chair

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