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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. (more…)

Hot Dining: Vegetarian Roundup

Greens your go-to? We highlight three restaurants for veg heads.

A pretty dish of raw zucchini pasta from Café My House.

Café My House (featured)
Here, the goal is to make vegan food appealing, approachable, and available to both vegans and non-vegans. A sit-down restaurant that offers creative breakfast, lunch, and dinner options in a casual atmosphere. 1729 Bank St., 613-733-0707. www.cafemyhouse.com (more…)

Hot Dining: Where to Go for Gelato

Enjoy this summer staple at Truffle Treasures.

Now that the warm weather is here, you might find yourself needing a cool, delicious treat. Here, we’ve done the leg work for you and rounded up four of our favourite places to check out when you need a gelato fix. But we’re guessing you’ll want to taste-test for yourself.

Truffle Treasures: A chocolate shop with a top-notch gelato section. The coconut cream flavour is a must. 769 Bank St., 613-230-3859, and 314 Richmond Rd., 613-761-3859. www.truffletreasures.com

Piccolo Grande: Top flavours include nutmeg and bacio. Also offers sherbet, sorbet, and lunch. 55 Murray St. Suite 102, 613-241-2909. www.piccologrande.ca

Pure Gelato: Located on bustling Elgin Street, this cute shop is especially popular in the evenings during the warmer months. 350 Elgin St., 613-237-3799.

Pasticceria Gelateria Italiana: A traditional bakery in Little Italy. Eighteen flavours of homemade gelato is prepared every day. 200 Preston St., 613-233-2104. www.pasticceria.ca

The Roundup: What’s on at the museums (but not for long)

"Frogs: A Chorus of Colours" is on until Jan. 9. Photo credit: Museum of Nature, created by Peeling Productions at Clyde Peeling's Reptiland.

The Museum of Nature wraps up some of its special exhibits on Jan. 9. Head over to the museum for a last look at live (and sometimes creepy) species in “Frogs: A Chorus of Colours.” While you’re there, take part in holiday programming that teaches kids about the importance of winter in nature.

The Bytown Museum offers a look at the history of Ottawa. Check out two neat exhibitions that make the past come alive. “Many Guises: Contemporary Self-Portraits” pairs Victorian-era photographs from the museum with self-portraits by six Ottawa artists (until Dec. 31), while “Preserving Our Past: A Conservation Project,” gives visitors a behind-the-scenes look at the hard work that goes into conserving treasures from days gone by (until Jan. 9).

What came before the celebrity mug shot? “Arresting Images: Mug Shots from the OPP Museum” explores 100 reproductions of criminal photo cards, dating from 1886 to 1908, and tells the stories of the people in the pictures. On view at the Canada Science and Technology Museum until Jan. 2.

Those who love all things equine will be sad to see the end of “The Horse” on Jan. 2. This exhibition at the Canadian Museum of Civilization looks at the profound relationship between horses and humans through artifacts, models, dioramas, art, interactive stations, and high-def videos.

The Canadian War Museum closes its long-running exhibit “1759–2009: The Battle of the Plains of Abraham” on Jan. 9. In honour of the 250th anniversary of this epic showdown, the museum offers a new perspective with 18th and 19th century images that portray the battlefield as it was seen by the soldiers of Montcalm and Wolfe.