Ontario Museum Association

Ontario Museum Association

May 01, 2008 12:49 ET

Ontario Museum Association Celebrates 9th Annual "May is Museum Month Initiative"; Special Focus on the "Greening" of Our Museums

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 1, 2008) - The ONTARIO MUSEUM ASSOCIATION (OMA) is pleased to announce that May 2008 will see the 9th annual May is Museum Month event, which features special activities and exhibits open to the public at museums, historic sites and art galleries all across Ontario. The month-long campaign builds on International Museum Day, celebrated globally on Sunday May 18th, 2007, and this year provides an opportunity to showcase the many museums across Ontario with "green" activities, events and initiatives.

"May is Museum Month is an important awareness campaign which annually reminds the public of the incredible array of hands-on activities and workshops, lectures, concerts and free events taking place at museums across Ontario," comments Marie Lalonde, Executive Director, OMA. "This year, we're pleased to highlight our museums' leadership role in social and environmental responsibility, as they find new ways to celebrate and promote the health of our planet, while still continuing to protect and advance the culture of their local communities."

Museums and heritage sites are uniquely placed to provide valuable insight into our ancestors' centuries-old "sustainable" energy sources, but some are moving beyond that to engage in land conservancy and re-naturalization or are taking steps to reduce the energy required for special lighting and climate-controlled conditions.

For example, the water-powered grist mill at Morningstar Mill near St Catherines is an excellent working example of an energy source that does not require fossil fuels. Todmorden Mills in Toronto uses its grounds to educate the public on the effects of industrialization and show the benefits of re-naturalization. Black Creek Pioneer Village has become the first museum in Ontario to be certified as an Eco-School, with special focus on waste minimization, energy conservation, and shade development. These are just a few examples; see the attached list for many Ontario sites active in environmentally friendly education, exhibits, events or other initiatives.

May is Museum Month brings public attention to Ontario's 600-plus museums, historic sites and art galleries. These sites are a rich educational resource for a fascinating range of subjects, including agriculture, medicine, broadcasting, mining, sports, science - even cheese & shoes. Each site also tells the stories of the people who built and are building this province - heroes, inventors, First Nations leaders. They also celebrate and preserve our diverse cultural heritage, and help foster mutual understanding, cooperation and peace amongst the peoples of this province.

For ongoing updates about May is Museum Month activities and discounts, visit the website at http://www.museumsontario.com/mmweb/ or call 1-800-ONTARIO.

The ONTARIO MUSEUM ASSOCIATION is a non-profit professional association of Ontario museums, historic sites and art galleries and its employees and volunteers, as well as companies and individuals serving the heritage industry. For 35 years, the Association has promoted museums and advanced the standards of professionalism for museum workers throughout Ontario.


Black Creek Toronto Black Creek Pioneer Village is the first museum
Pioneer Village in Canada to become a certified Eco-School
(silver level) by the Toronto Board of
Education, with special focus on waste
minimization, energy conservation, and shade
development. (416) 736-1733
Todmorden Mills Toronto The Todmorden staff host seasonal walks through
the native species Wildflower Preserve and into
the valley beyond, showing visitors not only the
impact of humans, but the gradual signs of
returning wildlife. 416-396-2819
Muskoka Huntsville The site preserves 90 acres just one kilometre
Heritage from downtown Huntsville. Part of the area is
Centre a natural wetland, and the site has placed a
strong emphasis on natural and built heritage
protection, and has educated its visitors on
First Nations wisdom based on a strong
relationship to the natural environment.
Region of Kitchener Region of Waterloo History Museum and Visitor
Waterloo Orientation Centre, being designed by architects
History Moriyama + Teshima will be silver-certified in
Museum LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental)
standards. Administered by the Canada Green
Building Council, the program is a rating system
for designing, constructing, operating, and
certifying the world's greenest buildings.
Morningstar St. Morningstar Mill is the only water-powered grist
Mill Catherines mill on the Niagara Peninsula. The buildings are
heated primarily by stove-pipe heat and
sunlight. Old barns and lumber were recycled for
reconstruction wherever possible. The house
gardens are being restored with plants that
might have been grown on the site circa 1920.
Fieldcote Hamilton Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum's gardens have
Memorial Park received numerous "gardening with nature" awards
& Museum for pesticide-free practices, and the site is
working towards revitalization of its grounds
with a view to encouraging native Carolinian
species and naturalization practices.
Joseph Kitchener Joseph Schneider Haus' current artist-in
Schneider -residence is "urban repurposer" Lori
Haus Norwood, who is demonstrating the ancient
"green" art of reusing common objects such as
socks, bottles and cloth, to make useful
objects. Its April lecture series featured
topics such as organic gardening, sustainable
development and creating a green interior
environment. 519-575-4491
Halton Hamilton Halton Region Museum is at the base of the
Region Niagara Escarpment (a UNESCO World Biosphere
Museum Reserve), on a farm site in the heart of the
980-acre Kelso Conservation Area. The site
features an original water turbine built in 1898
by former farm owner Adam Alexander III, and
offers environmental educational programs for
school groups such as the "escarpment walk"
shown here. (905) 875-2200,
Diefenbunker Ottawa The Diefenbunker Museum, built as a military
Museum base in the 60s, has one significant
energy-saving aspect. The museum is underground,
so it has had a "turf roof" for almost 50 years.
Being underground, the building absorbs heat
from the surrounding earth and from the lights
that are on, so no auxiliary heating system is
required. (613)839-0007
Royal Ontario Toronto The Royal Ontario Museum presents Green
Museum Gastronomy. Once a month from April to July, a
celebrity Ontario chef, a regional farmer and
vintner create a dinner and wine menu using
local ingredients, and discuss sustainable food
and wine production. The same team then creates
lunch items in the Food Studio.416.586.7928
EcoHouse Hamilton EcoHouse is a heritage building in Hamilton,
which is the home office for GreenVenture, and
has been adaptively reused as a demonstration
site for sustainable living, a "unique blend of
heritage and environmental behaviour".
Banting House London The City of London has given Banting House
National National Historic Site land next to its parkette
Historic , on condition that it be used to expand its
Site green space. "Unpaving a parking lot and putting
up paradise", the site is creating a "Global
Garden", which will include native carolinian
species. It should be complete by mid-summer.
Exhibition Toronto Exhibition Place in Toronto is working on dozens
Place of green/energy initiatives on site. For
example, the Press Building built in 1905 and
still being used today as office space for
staff, is being retrofitted with a geothermal
system, a ground source heat pump that recycles
and reuses heat for all the different seasons.
(416) 263-3611
Bruce Southampton On May 24, 2008 Bruce County Museum opens
County a brand new exhibit, Earth's Climate in the
Museum & Balance. This exhibit, which is being
Cultural developed by the BCM&CC, answers many questions
Centre about climate change and will help to inform
the public on this timely topic. Will present
topics which include what makes climate, the
story of climate change not only through four
billion years of geologic time but through
historic time as well, global warming and how we
can shape the future. 519 797-2080

May-31 Blind River Crafts and Traditional Skills Timber Village Museum
of the Voyageurs

May-17 Sault Community Appreciation Day - Sault Ste Marie Museum
Ste-Marie Free Admission
May 4, Brampton Free Exhibit Tours every Peel Heritage Complex
11, Sunday afternoon
& 25

May 9 London Architecture, Sustainability Museum London
& and Local Identity
May 10

May-10 Hamilton Workshop: The Fearless Gardener Dundurn Castle

May-10 Fort Erie Footsteps For Flowers Fort Erie Historical
(Lorraine Murphy Memorial Walk) Museum

May-18 St. George Free Admission for Adelaide Hunter
International Museums Day Hoodless Homestead
National Historic Site

May-18 Guelph International Museums Day Guelph Museums
- Half price admission

May-19 Hamilton Open House Griffin House

May 24 Hamilton Boats in the Park/Golden Hamilton Museum of
and Horseshoe Live Steamer Days Steam & Technology
May 25

May-31 Kitchener Family Water Festival Doon Heritage Centre

May-31 Simcoe Alligator Steam-Up & Eva Brook Donly Museum
Historical Wood Show
May-02 Stouffville Almost May Day Play Day Whitchurch-Stouffville
-- P.A. Day Workshop Museum

May-10 Peterborough International Astronomy Day Peterborough Centennial
Museum & Archives

May-18 Bobcaygeon Gala Season Opening Boyd Heritage Museum

May 24 Georgina Victorian Tea Georgina Pioneer
& 25 Village & Archives

May 24 Picton Lilac Festival Macauley Heritage Park
& 25

May-27 Uxbridge 35th Anniversary Open House Uxbridge Historical
May-17 Huntsville Season Opening Muskoka Heritage Place

May-18 Owen Sound International Museum Day Grey Roots Museum
- Free Admission
May-01 Thunder Bay Opening Day Paipoonge Museum
May-04 Smith Falls Mother & Daughters Tea Heritage House Museum

May-05 Manotick Season's Opening Festivities Watson's Mill

May 17 Belleville Welcome Weekend Ameliasburgh
- 19 Historical Museum

May-18 Ottawa Free Admission for Bytown Museum
International Museums Day

May 18 Morrisburg Queen Victoria's Birthday Upper Canada Village
& 19 Celebrations

May-24 Brockville Doors Open Brockville Museum
May 18 Manitoulin Free Admission All Week Centennial Museum
- 24 Island for Museum Week of Sheguiandah
May 3 St. Thomas Railway Nostalgia Weekend Elgin County Railway
& 4 Museum

May 3 Woodstock Oxford Studio Tour Woodstock Museum
& 4

May-18 Mooretown Victorian Tea Moore Museum
May-03 Kenora Hand-Painted Bookmarks Lake of the Woods

May-05 Red Lake Portraits of the North Red Lake Regional
Exhibit Opens Heritage Centre
May-01 Toronto Opening Day Black Creek Pioneer

May-02 Toronto Lecture & Hands On Clay Gardiner Museum of
Workshop: Asian Heritage Month Ceramic Art

May-03 Toronto Tap Your Toes Around the Bata Shoe Museum
World: Visit the Netherlands

May-11 Toronto Mother's Day Lunch Black Creek Pioneer

May-11 Toronto Mother's Day Royal Brunch Casa Loma

May-18 Toronto International Museums Day Campbell House
- Free admission

May-19 Toronto Victoria Day Celebrations Fort York

May-19 Markham Victoria Day at the Varley Varley Art Gallery

May 30 Toronto More Than Just a Yardage Textile Museum of
& 31 Sale 2008 Canada

May-31 Toronto Spring Blossoms in the City: Casa Loma
The Heritage Gardens of Casa and Spadina House
Loma and Spadina Museum

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