Ontario Museum Association

Ontario Museum Association
May is Museum Month

May is Museum Month

May 17, 2011 16:53 ET

Ontario Museum Association: Celebrating Museums in May!

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 17, 2011) - The ONTARIO MUSEUM ASSOCIATION (OMA) celebrates the month of May, highlighting exhibits, activities and events taking place at museums all across the province. May is Museum Month in Ontario in recognition of International Museum Day, which is celebrated worldwide on Wednesday May 18th, 2011. Established in 1977 by the International Council of Museums, more than 30,000 museums in around 100 countries will hold special activities on this occasion.

In keeping with the theme for International Museum Day 2011 – "Museum and Memory: Objects Tell Your Story" – Ontario museums are sharing the stories and ideas inspired by the collections of all Ontarians to spark our collective memory, our sense of place, enriching the lives of communities across the province. Throughout the month of May,


Whether it's discovering The Art of Bollywood (Art Gallery of Mississauga, opening May 12), taking a walk with Asimo, the most advanced humanoid robot ever created (JAPAN: Tradition. Innovation. Canadian Museum of Civilization, beginning May 20), celebrating the history of the lowly toilet (Sitting Pretty: The History of the Toilet, opens May 21, St. Catharines Museum), getting heard at the First Annual Loud Day (Museum of Health Care, Kingston) or unraveling the mystery of the Masons (Freemasonry - A History Hidden in Plain Sight, Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre, throughout May), residents and visitors to Ontario can enjoy our collective community memories in many different ways.

A selected list of May museum activities is attached, and the public is encouraged to visit the OMA website at museumsontario.com for events listings or call 1-800-ONTARIO for more information.


Ontario's 600-plus museums, historic sites and art galleries cover a fascinating range of subjects and collections, ranging from agriculture to medicine, shoes to cheese, broadcasting to mining, sports to science and many more. All of them, in their unique way, tell the stories of the people who built this province: our heroes, inventors, and First Nations. At the same time they preserve our diverse cultural heritage, and in so doing, foster mutual understanding, cooperation and peace amongst the peoples of this province.

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 almost 40 years, the Association has promoted museums and advanced the standards of professionalism for museum workers throughout Ontario.


Beginning May 1, every Sunday and Wednesday
ROM Walks – May 18: Heart of Toronto
Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto
May 3 – September 4
Dramatically Dressed
Castle Kilbride NHS, Baden
May 6 - June 25
Canada on Canvas and New Mini Exhibits
West Parry Sound and District Museum
Opens May 12
The Art of Bollywood
Art Gallery of Mississauga
May 13 – August 29
Work Sights: The Photography of George Hunter
Workers Arts & Heritage Centre, Hamilton
May 14, 15
Tours free of charge
Currency Museum, Ottawa
Opening May 18
Magic Squares: The Patterned Imagination of Muslim Africa in Contemporary Culture
Textile Museum, Toronto
May 18
International Museum Day, 1/2 price admission
Guelph Civic Museum & McCrae House, Guelph
May 18
International Museums Day – free admission
Halton Region Museum
May 18, 19
What Museums Do
Canada Science & Technology Museum, Ottawa
May 18
First Annual Loud Day
Museum of Health Care, Kingston
May 21 – 23
Alice in Wonderland: The Family Experience!
Black Creek Pioneer Village, Toronto
Opening May 21
Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre
Opening May 20
JAPAN: Tradition. Innovation with ASIMO robot
Canadian Museum of Civilization, Gatineau
Opening May 21
Sitting Pretty: The History of the Toilet
St. Catharines Museum
May 21 – June 19
Expressions 2011: School Art Exhibition
Glenhyrst Art Gallery, Brantford
May 21 – 23
Currency Museum, Ottawa
May 21 – 23
Sheep-shearing festival
Agriculture Museum, Ottawa
May 27, 28
Relive the Talbot Settlement
Backus-Page House, Wallacetown
Free Admission on May 28
Forests: Our Living Treasure
From Dinosaurs to Mammals
Timber Lake Museum, Blind River
May 28, 29
Wings & Wheels Heritage Festival
Canadian Air & Space Museum, Toronto
May 29
Arabella's Pie Social, History Fair &Antique Road Show
Port Colborne Historical & Marine Museum
Throughout May
Freemasonry - A History Hidden in Plain Sight
Bruce County Museum, Southampton

Visit the OMA Website at www.museumsontario.com for more Museum events in May.

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