Museums from all over the world will have a chance to celebrate culture on Twitter. More than 1000 museums, galleries, and cultural institutions across the world and their visitors will be taking part in #MuseumWeek. Join the conversation.

Ontario Science Centre

The Ontario Science Centre delights, informs and challenges our communities, offering hands-on experiences and engagement with science of local, national and global relevance. The Science Centre has welcomed more than 49 million visitors since it opened in 1969, implementing an interactive approach adapted by science centres around the world. The Science Centre is the public centre for innovative thinking and the prime venue for public dialogue about science, technology and society. As a publicly assisted organization, the Science Centre relies on generous individuals, corporations and foundations who share a commitment to science and education for additional operating support.

For more information visit: www.ontariosciencecentre.ca

Hamilton Civic Museums

Discover… Real People. Real Stories. Real Adventure! Hamilton Civic Museums provide hours of entertainment for you and your family. Explore five National Historic Sites, a children’s museum, community museums, and over 150 annual events, exhibits and workshops.

Hop on-board a miniature steam train during Live Steamer Days at the Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology. Prepare and enjoy delicious Victorian fare in Dundurn Castle’s historic kitchen. Enjoy summer concerts at Fieldcote and Whitehern, and a Military Tattoo in Dundurn Park. Don’t miss the Re-enactment of the Battle of Stoney Creek the first weekend in June – a Top 100 Event in Ontario.

For more information visit: www.battlefieldhouse.ca

Art Gallery of Hamilton

The Art Gallery of Hamilton, which is regarded today as one of the finest in Canada, is presenting a year of extraordinary exhibitions (some of which are highlighted below) to mark the 100th anniversary of its opening.

Into the Light: The Paintings of William Blair Bruce (1859 – 1906), on view to October 5, offers viewers the opportunity to discover this great Canadian artist who was one of North America’s first Impressionists. The exhibition is the largest ever mounted of his works and includes paintings never before exhibited in Canada.

Art for a Century: 100 for the 100th, gathers together 100 selected masterpieces from the Gallery’s outstanding permanent collection. This major exhibition includes European masterworks by Georges Braques and Camille Pissaro, the Group of Seven, rare contemporary installation art by Canadians Michael Snow and Joyce Wieland, and compelling African sculptures.

The World is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne will open on November 1. The landmark exhibition of still life paintings by the great French Impressionist includes early paintings engaging with past masters to late works unique to him. The exhibition is organized by the AGH in a special collaboration with the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia. Uniting paintings from around the world, the exhibition features major works from acclaimed European and American museums and private collections.

For more information visit: www.artgalleryofhamilton.com

McMichael Canadian Art Collection

The powerful and provocative exhibition Vanishing Ice: Alpine and Polar Landscapes in Art, 1775–2012 is on display at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection until April 26, 2015. Since debuting in 2013 at the Whatcom Museum in Bellingham, Washington, the exhibition has garnered attention for its unique interweaving of art, history, and science. Showcasing the beauty and fragility of Earth’s frozen frontiers through the eyes of artists, writers, and naturalists over a period of more than 200 years, the exhibition offers a unique take on the timely subject of climate change.

Vanishing Ice features eighty works including drawings, prints, paintings, photographs, videos, and installations by artists from twelve countries. Among these historical and contemporary artists are: Ansel Adams, Lita Albuquerque, James Balog, David Buckland, Gustave Doré, Lawren Harris, Isaac Julien, Kahn & Selesnick, Rockwell Kent, Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky), Alexis Rockman, Camille Seaman, and Spencer Tunick.

Vanishing Ice is complemented by Northern Narratives, a second special exhibition, running from February 14 to May 17, 2015, based on the McMichael’s permanent collection of works related to the Arctic. Paintings and drawings by members of the Group of Seven, including Lawren Harris, famed for his depiction of icebergs and glaciers, will be displayed alongside works by Inuit artists, such as Tim Pitsiulak, Pudlo Pudlat, and Pitaloosie Saila.

For more information visit: www.mcmichael.com/vanishingice

Canada’s National Museum of Military History

Located on the southern bank of the Ottawa River, the Canadian War Museum is one of the country’s most significant museums.

As Canada’s national museum of military history, CWM strives to help all Canadians understand their military heritage through innovative exhibitions, diverse public programmes and leading-edge scholarly content.

In celebration of their 125th anniversary, CWM opened a new location in May 2005, on the history LeBreton Flats. Boasting an innovative energyefficient design, this stunning building not only brings to mind the impact of war on the land, but also reflects the museums theme of regeneration.

In this incredible interactive environment, the human experience of war is brought to life through a staggering range of audiovisual productions, artifacts, art work, and graphic images. The collection contains over 500,000 artifacts including rare vehicles and artillery as well as uniforms, medals and personal memoirs, including the Beaverbrook Collection of War Art with more than 13,000 works of art.

For more information visit: www.warmuseum.ca/splash

Textile Museum of Canada

With a collection of 13,000 objects, the Textile Museum of Canada is open daily and invites visitors to explore two floors of exhibitions and the ever-popular Museum Shop. On view currently are Good Beginnings: Children’s Hats and Clothing from China and From Ashgabat to Istanbul: Oriental Rugs from Canadian Collections, bringing together significant cultural objects from around the world. This spring, the TMC is the sole Canadian venue for two stellar international exhibitions, Artist Textiles: From Picasso to Warhol, opening May 2, and Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nikolas Muray, opening June 10.

A go-to place for families, the Textile Museum has an interactive hands-on gallery, open and ready for play all day, every day. From March 16 to 20, the TMC presents March Break Make & Take, a family-friendly drop-in program from 1 to 4 pm daily, where kids can try their hand at craft activities inspired by the Museum’s exhibitions (free with admission). The Textile Museum of Canada is open daily from 11 am to 5 pm; 11 am to 8 pm on Wednesdays, with rates for adults, students, seniors and families.

For more information visit: www.textilemuseum.ca

Canada Agriculture and Food Museum

Discover more about Canada’s rich agricultural heritage and exciting future at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum in Ottawa. This working farm and museum combo will thrill all five senses as you explore the exhibitions, visit the barns, make and taste delicious recipes in the kitchen and participate in hourly, hands-on demonstrations. Every day promises a different experience with new sights, tastes and smells!

Located only minutes from Parliament Hill and the Rideau Canal, the Museum is home to 150+ farm animals and artifacts from the national collection representing the innovative science, technology, culture and practices responsible for feeding, clothing and powering the nation.

For many visitors the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum may be their first contact with popular and rare breeds of domestic animals. See our dairy and beef herds, horses, goats, sheep, swine, poultry, alpacas and more. The dynamic guides will share stories about animal care, Canadian crops, food literacy and contemporary agricultural practices all with a national historic
site as the back drop. The Museum serves as a link between urban visitors and the farmers, scientists and businesses that produce many of the necessities of life.

Fresh air, fun and new family memories await you at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum.

For more information visit: www.cafmuseum.techno-science.ca/en/

Canada Aviation and Space Museum

The Canada Aviation and Space Museum is a must-see attraction for everyone in Canada’s National Capital. Just ten minutes from Parliament Hill, the Museum presents the complete story of Canada’s rich aviation and aerospace heritage; from the early days of flight to the space exploration of today. The Museum holds the only known remaining parts of the controversial Avro Arrow, a Canadian-made fighter jet. The iconic Canadarm is on display, along with more than 130 aircraft, including The Silver Dart, the aircraft that made the first powered flight in Canada.

Exhibitions explore the history of flight, from the remarkable stories of pioneering aviators who built and flew their own aircraft, to the heroic Canadians who fought in the air during two world wars. The Museum tells the story of the development of the aviation and aerospace industry in Canada over the past 50 years, as well as uniquely Canadian experiences like bush flying.

For those who want to experience the thrill of flying without leaving the ground, the Museum offers an immersive flight simulator experience. Daily activities include guided tours of the Museum and its “behind the scenes” Reserve Hangar, as well as demonstrations of living in space and flying fighter jets.

For more information visit: www.casmuseum.techno-science.ca