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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
Exciting plans are in the works. We can’t wait to share our new look with you. The Museum galleries will be closed from June 10 until August 3 to complete this undertaking. The archives reference room will be closed from June 4 to August 3.
Finding Your Way: Our History in Maps
August 3, 2018 – September 30, 2018
Discover the Valley Town through maps in our upcoming feature exhibition, Finding Your Way: Our History in Maps! The display will capture the Town of Dundas and the City of Hamilton from the early explorers to the current day.
Historically, maps have appeared in a variety of formats and served a vast array of functions, including for professional use, advertisements, for teaching purposes and works of art. Today, maps are everywhere, and even more accessible with the rise of smartphones. In this feature exhibition, we will challenge you to consider where maps came from and how they continue to shape our understanding of the world around us.
Finding Your Way will include a number of original maps from both our archival collection, as well as the collections of private collectors and other institutions. The exhibit will also include an interactive element, allowing visitors to search, explore and add to the online “Discover Your Historical Dundas” mapping project.
Do you have a map that captures Dundas or the wider region that could be an interesting addition to the exhibit? Visit dundasmuseum.ca/maps and let us know!
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
En Plein Air by the Monday Painters Group
May 19 – September 1
The Monday Painters have returned for their 5th annual showing of “Plein Air” works. All pieces in the show were painted on location and most are local scenes.
The Monday Painters began about twenty years ago when a group of eager students in Catherine Gibbon’s outdoor painting class at the Dundas Valley School of Art decided to meet and paint together outside of their classes. Over the years, many other local artists have joined. The group has remained informal and friendly and there are now over forty members.
The artists come from many local communities and there is a range of talent from professional to beginner, painting in pastels, watercolours, acrylics and oils. The only requirement is a passion for the joy of painting outdoors and a desire to paint in the company of other like-minded artists.
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.