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On-going in the First Gallery
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 creatures they share the valley with!
On-going in the First Gallery
The Neutrals of the Valley
The second gallery features a scaled cross-section of an indigenous longhouse, a dwelling similar to that that the Neutrals, the first people in the valley, would 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 indigenous archaeological collection, including pottery from the Late Haudenosaunee Period (900-1650 A.D.) and projectile points from the Late Paleo-Indian Period (8,000 B.C.)
On-going in the Main Gallery
Welcome to Dundas! Our Main Gallery presents a look back at the history of our town illustrated by a collection of remarkable artifacts from our vault. Over its two-hundred-year history, Dundas has been a frontier home for Loyalist refugees, a bustling Victorian canal town, a volatile hotbed of rebel sedition, and so much more! Whether you come to relive memories or to learn anew, our ever-changing space is bound to lead you to new discoveries.
Funding for the main gallery was provided by the Ontario Trillium Foundation(OTF). The OTF is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded more than $120 million to some 700 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario. Learn more about the project here: Press Release Trillium Grant
Tavern Town: Dundas On Tap
May 25 – September 14
Join us to explore the vibrant history of brewing in the valley city in our upcoming exhibit Tavern Town: Dundas on Tap. The streets of Dundas once played host to a staggering number of famous (and infamous) drinking emporiums and groggeries. Their swinging signs and painted awnings read Riley House, Bucks Head Inn, The Red Lion, St. George and Dragon, Collins Hotel and many more. From the taverns which formed the centre of town commerce, to the bars and bashes that defined the leisure time of generations, brewing and drinking has been a driving force in the culture of Dundas since the very beginning.
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
COAA Juried Art Show 2019
April 6 – June 22
From April 6 to June 22 our Education Centre will host a juried art exhibition presented by the Central Ontario Art Association. We are honoured to host this bi-annual presentation of local artwork, specially curated by COAA judges. This salon-style event will feature the work of multiple artists who have entered their pieces into the competition, with awards given to those pieces which the judges deem ‘best in show’. Good luck to all contestants!
For more information, please see their website at: coaart.com
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.