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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.)
Dundas Inspired: A History of Visual Arts
February 16 – April 27
An exhibition of local artwork spanning multiple mediums and two hundred years of history, Dundas Inspired will focus on the role which the visual arts have played in the cultural history of the community. As a commercial product, means of self-expression, or a resource for learning about the past, the historical significance of local artwork is immense. Ranging from the earliest depictions of the town through to the vibrant artistic culture of today, this exhibit will not only enlighten visitors about the lives and passions of local artists, but will also offer a centuries spanning glimpse of how the region has changed and evolved. In the early years of Dundas’ growth the professional artist was as essential to the community as a blacksmith or tailor. The vibrant interests of Victorian artists expanded into a tradition of local exhibitions dating back to the mid-1800s. The emergence of a thriving artistic community in the last few decades has played a major role in reshaping and defining the character of Dundas as we know it today. The visual arts have a long and varied history in Dundas which is rarely appreciated or explored. By pairing the Museum’s extensive collection of paintings, prints, pottery and carvings with a large number of pieces from both gallery and private collections, this exhibit aims to present a more comprehensive look at the town’s artistic traditions than has ever been available before.
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
Drawing at the Museum
January 24 – April 4
Explore the treasures and challenges of drawing at the Dundas Museum & Archives. Students from the Dundas Valley School of Art once again joined us to work with artist Katherine MacDonald.
Each class featured something unique: exhibitions, pieces from the collection, and the opportunity to explore local history through artwork. From depicting the sharpness of a crease or the sheen of silk, to the challenges of light and shadow on crystal, this unique class provided both creative challenges and delight for those with a love of all things Dundas. Works drawn by the group during their time at the Museum will be on display in the Education Centre Gallery along with some of the artifacts they captured.
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.