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Exhibition Roundup: What’s On at the Museums

Still got out-of-towners visiting? Check out our rundown on some of the coolest and most fascinating temporary and long-term exhibits in Ottawa.

"Awesome Arctic" is now on view at the Canadian Museum of Nature. Photo credit: © Doug Barber (Yorkton, SK).

The Canadian Museum of Nature has recently unveiled a new exhibit, Awesome Arctic, which features a collection of more than 50 photographs taken over several decades during the museum’s Arctic research adventures. The exhibit, which runs until next fall, displays fascinating visuals of Canada’s North, as well as researchers documenting marine life, plants, fossils, and minerals.

The Canada Aviation and Space Museum brings you its most recent permanent exhibition Living in Space, which is all about adapting to daily life in zero gravity. Learn about what astronauts do in space, whether it’s work or play, eating or sleeping, or keeping up their personal hygiene. This highly interactive exhibit presents the technical, psychological, and physical challenges of living in space. You can also check out Green Skies Ahead, on view until June 2017. This exhibit takes you on a tour to discover the carbon-friendly technology of tomorrow. With so much focus on the environment, this is your chance to learn about energy production and consumption in today’s world, as well as get a taste of what the future holds through displays of energy-efficient aircraft designs.

The Canada Science and Technology Museum presents Energy: Power to Choose, an interactive display all about energy production and consumption, running until June 2017. Learn all about the social, economic, and environmental consequences of exploiting resources and get inspired to make a change. This exhibit even lets you produce your own electricity with a human hamster wheel. While you’re there, don’t forget to check out SiO2: The Science of Glass, on view until April 9, where you can see the true and brute strength of glass. Find out all about the chemical properties of glass and the role of glass in the history of civilization. Last but certainly not least, until January 20, you can snag your last chance to check out Braille: Knowledge at your Fingertips, which explores the language of touch for those who have lost their sight.

Explore the many faiths of our world with God(s), A User’s Guide, on view at the Canadian Museum of Civilization until Sept. 3. The exhibit uncovers the similarities and differences between religions, concentrating on contemporary religious practices while displaying the artifacts, practices, symbols, and beliefs of world religions. Also on display, until April 9 at the Canadian Children’s Museum is Much More Munsch. Take a peek into the world of Canadian author Robert Munsch in an exhibit that brings you into his home. This exhibition provides a range of activities the whole family can take part in, including building your own story out of word bricks and creating your own onomatopoeia.

At the Canadian War Museum, New Brunswickers in Wartime, 1914-1946 explores the lives of those who lived in this East Coast province during the First and Second World Wars. Until April 9, you have the chance to hear the stories and see the collection of artifacts, images, artwork, and interactive elements that highlight how wartime affected not only New Brunswickers, but also Canada as a whole. Also on display, until March 25, is Missing Lives, an exhibit that looks into the tragedy of 35,000 missing people during the Yugoslav wars in the 1990s. Through the personal stories of 15 families, uncover the efforts to locate those missing and come to understand the suffering of those who lost loved ones in war. This exhibit features over 40 images taken by British photographer Nick Danziger and text by Canadian author Rory MacLean.

The Mississippi Valley Textile Museum will be revealing its newest exhibit, Woven Bridges, from December 20 until January 28. Check out contemporary woven textile art that shows the strong connection between Canadian, American, and European artists of tapestry weaving. These works of art use a variety of materials and techniques that bring out the nature of everyday life.

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