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On-going in the First Gallery
Natural History and First Nations
Featured in our First Gallery is the ever popular kids zone, an interactive room featuring all you need to know on pre-European Dundas. The gallery features a climbing wall shaped into the Dundas Peak with a mural looking down into the town. Kids can go wild touching and exploring our habitat drawers and discovering some of the the creatures they share the valley with!
Across the room the gallery features a scaled cross section of a First Nations Longhouse, a dwelling that the Neutrals, the first people in the valley, might have lived in. Visitors can sit and read about how the Neutrals lived, or explore the many ways our cultures were similar, and how they differed. On display in the gallery is also a portion of the Museum’s First Nations collection, including pottery from the Late Iroquoian Period (900-1650 A.D.) and projectile points from the Late Paleo-Indian Period (8,000 B.C.)
On-going in the Permanent Gallery
Cradled in the Valley: The Stories of Dundas
Discover the stories of Dundas through the years. Imagine the valley at the time of the First Nations’ settlement. Find inspiration in the spirit of the Morden family who were the first European settlers in the area. Follow the industrial rise and fall of Dundas and see what the Desjardins Canal would have looked like. Learn what life would have been like for children and adults in the 19th and 20th centuries. Cradled in the Valley celebrates the town of Dundas and its citizens.
Fashion to the Future
March 23, 2018 – June 2, 2018
Take a journey through time, as we explore fashion trends worn in Dundas throughout the late 20th century, from the groovy 1960s to the trendy 2000s. Join the discussion and discover how the clothing we wear is often dominated by larger global trends.
The Dundas Museum and Archives gratefully acknowledges the City of Hamilton City Enrichment Fund for its support of our Exhibition Program.
In the Education Centre Gallery
Here and There: En Plein Air
Works by John Christie
A description by artist John Christie: Traveling to new places and painting are my passions. I wanted to combine the two, but watercolours were too fragile and wet oil paintings were very difficult to transport. About a year ago I decided to learn to handle acrylic paint and this show is a visual representation of that adventure.
The white quartz of the La Cloche Mountains in Killarney, the laid back friendliness in Gros Morne Newfoundland and the relaxing cottage in the Haliburton Highlands are some of my favourite places to visit and paint. As much as I love to travel, it is always nice to return to Dundas. The valley is, for an outdoor artist, paradise and I will never tire of painting in this area. I am excited to be showing my work in the Dundas Museum & Archives because I am extremely proud of my Dundas heritage, and the Museum represents everything Dundas.
NEW! Travelling Exhibit
A War Without End
What happened when three young men left their homes to serve their country? The travelling exhibition A War Without End shares the Great War experiences of three Dundas boys. Their compelling stories have a local connection and prompt conversations about service, sacrifice, community, and family.
Each soldier’s story is told through an introductory panel, a life-size photographic reproduction of the soldier, and two retractable banners containing text and images of archival documents, photographs and artifacts from the Museum’s collection. They are portable and easy to set up.
The exhibit is available free of charge and can be borrowed individually or together. Perfect for schools, retirement homes, community centres, libraries, or other public spaces.
Contact the Museum at 905.627.7412 or email Sandra for more information.
The Dundas Museum and Archives gratefully acknowledges the City of Hamilton City Enrichment Fund for its support of our Archives Community Outreach Program.