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 museumsontario.com 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
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
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
Visit the OMA Website at www.museumsontario.com for more Museum events in May.
top photo: Narselim via panaramio