May 18, 2011

Museum Month

Canadian Museum of Civilization
May is Museum Month in Canada's province of Ontario, in recognition of International Museum Day, which is celebrated worldwide on Wednesday May 18, 2011. International Museum Day was established in 1977 by the International Council of Museums. More than 30,000 museums in 100 countries worldwide will hold special activities to mark the day.

The theme for this year's International Museum Day is  "Museum and Memory: Objects Tell Your Story" and Ontario museums are sharing the stories and ideas inspired by the collections of all Ontarians to spark our collective memory and our sense of place.

Art of Bollywood, Art Gallery of Mississauga

 Ontario's 600+ museums,  historic sites and art galleries cover a fascinating range of subjects; agriculture, medicine, shoes, cheese, broadcasting, mining, sports and science to name a few.  So whether it's discovering The Art of Bollywood (Art Gallery of Mississauga, opening May 12), taking a walk with Asimo, the most advanced humanoid robot ever created (JAPAN: Tradition. Innovation. Canadian Museum of Civilization, beginning May 20), celebrating the history of the lowly toilet (Sitting Pretty: The History of the Toilet, opens May 21, St. Catharines Museum), getting heard at the First Annual Loud Day (Museum of Health Care, Kingston) or unraveling the mystery of the Masons (Freemasonry - A History Hidden in Plain Sight, Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre, throughout May), there's something to interest residents and visitors to Ontario.

Asimo will be at "JAPAN: Tradition. Innovation".  
Canadian Museum of Civilization,

Here's  selected list of May museum activities. Please visit the Ontario Museum Association's (OMA) website at for events listings or call 1-800-ONTARIO for more information.

Beginning May 1, every Sunday and Wednesday
ROM Walks – May 18: Heart of Toronto
Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto

May 3 – September 4
Dramatically Dressed
Castle Kilbride NHS, Baden

May 6 - June 25
Canada on Canvas and New Mini Exhibits
West Parry Sound and District Museum - Yah, my hometown!

Opens May 12
The Art of Bollywood
Art Gallery of Mississauga

May 13 – August 29
Work Sights: The Photography of George Hunter
Workers Arts & Heritage Centre, Hamilton

May 14, 15
Tours free of charge
Currency Museum, Ottawa

Opening May 18
Magic Squares: The Patterned Imagination of Muslim Africa in Contemporary Culture
Textile Museum, Toronto

May 18
International Museum Day, 1/2 price admission
Guelph Civic Museum & McCrae House, Guelph

Free Admission on May 28
Forests: Our Living Treasure
From Dinosaurs to Mammals
Timber Lake Museum, Blind River

May 18
International Museums Day – free admission
Halton Region Museum

May 18, 19
What Museums Do
Canada Science & Technology Museum, Ottawa

May 18
First Annual Loud Day
Museum of Health Care, Kingston

May 21 – 23
Alice in Wonderland: The Family Experience!
Black Creek Pioneer Village, Toronto
Opening May 21

Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre

Opening May 20
JAPAN: Tradition. Innovation with ASIMO robot
Canadian Museum of Civilization, Gatineau

Opening May 21
Sitting Pretty: The History of the Toilet
St. Catharines Museum

May 21 – June 19
Expressions 2011: School Art Exhibition
Glenhyrst Art Gallery, Brantford

May 21 – 23
Currency Museum, Ottawa

May 21 – 23
Sheep-shearing festival
Agriculture Museum, Ottawa

May 27, 28
Relive the Talbot Settlement
Backus-Page House, Wallacetown

May 28, 29
Wings & Wheels Heritage Festival
Canadian Air & Space Museum, Toronto

May 29
Arabella's Pie Social, History Fair & Antique Road Show
Port Colborne Historical & Marine Museum

Throughout May
Freemasonry - A History Hidden in Plain Sight
Bruce County Museum, Southampton

Visit the OMA Website at for more Museum events in May.

top photo: Narselim via panaramio

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