Highlights of the special exhibits happening at Ottawa’s national museums and Gallery this fall.
Maya: Secrets of their Ancient World
Until October 28, Maya: Secrets of their Ancient World is featured at the Canadian Museum of Civilization. This landmark exhibition will take you on a journey through the mysteries of the Maya – the sacred roles of their divine rulers, their elaborate writing and counting systems, their cycles of life and death… and the truth behind the 2012 end-of-days legend. The exhibition brings together a collection of nearly 250 original Mayan artifacts – most selected from numerous Mexican museums in the Yucatan Peninsula region where the Maya mainly lived.
Until January 6, 2013, the Canadian War Museum will mark the bicentennial of the War of 1812, a momentous event in Canadian history, with one of the largest and most innovative exhibitions it has ever produced. 1812 examines the causes and conduct of the war from the perspective of each of the four central participants—Canada, the United States, Great Britain and Native Americans—allowing visitors a richer and deeper understanding of a conflict that helped shape Canada into the nation it is today.
Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disasters
From September 28, 2012 – May 5, 2013 experience the power of nature at the Canadian Museum of Nature. This interactive exhibition focuses on four types of disasters; earthquakes, volcanos, hurricanes and tornadoes. At the Nature Unleashed exhibit visitors can generate a virtual volcanic eruption, monitor earthquakes around the world in real time, simulate a tsunami, stand in the centre of a roaring tornado, and witness the power of hurricane-force winds.
Builders: Canadian Biennial 2012
November 2, 2012 – January 20, 2013 at the National Gallery of Canada. Builders presents more than 100 recent and significant acquisitions by emerging and established artists instrumental in shaping perspectives in Canadian art today. The exhibition reflects the work of the Gallery’s curators in building the collection through an informed understanding of contemporary Canadian art across diverse media, environments and generations.
From November 15, 2012 - February 23, 2013, check out Vodou at the Canadian Museum of Civilization. This Haitian Vodou exhibit showcases more than 300 artifacts, documentary films, and first person accounts by Vodouists from Canada’s Haitian community. Come learn about this spiritual tradition, its beliefs and rituals.
Let's Talk Energy: Engaging Ideas for Canada's Future
Let's Talk Energy: Engaging Ideas for Canada's Future: is a national multi-year program (June 2011 – June 2017) exploring Canada's energy production and consumption and the implications of greening the country's energy network. Visit the energy exhibitions at these three national museums to learn more:
Canada Agriculture Museum
Energy Park: Nature at Work - See renewable energy in action. Take a stroll through this outdoor park and try your hand at “harvesting” energy. See if you can beat the wind and pump water faster than a windmill!
Canada Aviation and Space Museum
Green Skies Ahead - Take a tour of the innovative carbon-friendly technology that will shape commercial aviation over the next 50 years. See some of the futuristic energy-efficient aircraft designs on the drawing table today and decide if they are science or science-fiction.
Canada Science and Technology Museum
Energy: Power to Choose - Produce your own electricity with the Museum's human hamster wheel. Interact with a map of Canada that identifies locations where energy is produced and where distribution of major sources of energy takes place. You’ll be shocked to discover that one producer of energy is the Museum’s electric eel.