Ontario Museum Association

Ontario Museum Association

May 01, 2013 00:00 ET

Get Started! It's Museum Month!

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 1, 2013) -

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In recognition of International Museum Day (IMD) on Saturday, May 18th, 2013, the ONTARIO MUSEUM ASSOCIATION (OMA) has chosen the month of May to encourage Ontarians to discover and enjoy museums across Ontario! Coinciding with the launch of Ontario's tourism season and the opening of many seasonal museums, Ontario's 600 museums, art galleries and heritage sites are offering hundreds of special activities to entice Ontarians and visitors alike!

To help you plan your visits, the OMA has designed a new bilingual website and mobile app, Discover Ontario Museums / Découvrez Musées Ontario, now available at www.museumsontario.ca - Your guide to everything museums in Ontario! Find over 700 listings of cultural and heritage institutions of all types and sizes at your fingertips in this informative and interactive resource! Discover What's On in the activities calendar and get the Insider's Look in the multimedia gallery. Discover the You Must visitor experiences awaiting you at Ontario museums!

Discover:

Sumptuous Estates at Billings Estate in Ottawa, Dundurn Castle in Hamilton, Glanmore National Historic Site in Belleville and Ruthven Park National Historic Site in Cayuga; Priceless Collections at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg; Exquisite Architecture at the brand new Waterloo Region Museum, Peel Art Gallery Museum + Archives in Brampton, Niagara Falls History Museum and Markham Museum; Picturesque Gardens at Parkwood Estate in Oshawa and at Spadina Museum: Historic House and Gardens in Toronto.

Join in and get energized at the London Regional Children's Museum, THE MUSEUM in Kitchener, and the Hamilton Children's Museum. Be treated like royalty for Mother's Day and Victoria Day Long Weekend at the Bell Homestead National Historic Site in Brantford for Mother's Day brunch and at Moore Museum in Mooretown among others for Victorian Tea. Escape to another time at the Pickering Village Museum and Fanshawe Pioneer Village in London. March to your own beat at Fort York in Toronto and Fort Wellington in Prescott. Take off at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre in Sault Ste. Marie. Plan your escape at the Huron Historic Gaol in Goderich. Pick a date, link up at First Thursdays at the AGO or Third Thursdays at Museum London.

Museum experiences for everyone!

Regardless of your age or interests, there's a May activity for you! Dance the night away at the JUNO Awards-themed Friday Night Live at the ROM (May 3); take in a topical discussion with renowned Canadian journalist and author Gwynne Dyer on the History of Violence at the Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre (May 5); participate in a spectacle of giant proportions with War of 1812 puppets at the Port Dover Harbour Museum's Paper & Paste Pageantry (May 11); treat mom to a visit to the Bytown Museum in Ottawa for Mother's Day (May 12); experience 3D printing technology at Museum London (May 16); become Pirates and Princesses at the Black Creek Pioneer Village (May 18, 19, 20); learn about Sneaker Culture at the Bata Shoe Museum's Out of the Box exhibit (on until March 30th, 2014); discover what "Forces Shape You" at the Canada Science & Technology Museum's Star Wars Identities exhibit (opening May 10); or learn why Whirlygigs, Diddies and Knee-Tremblers was considered vulgar talk in Victorian Canada at the Town of York Historical Society AGM (May 13).

"Museums are central to the quality of life we enjoy as Ontarians," says Marie Lalonde, Executive Director of the OMA. "Creative programming ensures that Ontarians of all ages appreciate and celebrate our identity as presented in our cultural institutions."

ABOUT THE OMA:

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 museum sector. For over 40 years, the Association has promoted museums and advanced the standards of professionalism for museum workers across the province.

For a full list of events, Discover Ontario Museums at www.museumsontario.ca.

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Contact Information

  • For questions about the Ontario Museum Association and the
    museum community, please contact:
    Ontario Museum Association
    Marie G. Lalonde
    Executive Director
    416-348-8672 - Toll Free in ON 1-866-662-8672

    mlalonde@museumsontario.com
    www.museumsontario.ca