NEXT WEEK at the Canadian Museum of Civilization August 24 to 30, 2009

August 21, 2009

at the Canadian Museum of Civilization
August 24 to 30, 2009

Featured Activities
Activities are free with Museum admission, unless indicated otherwise.
Hunting Sea Monsters
Saturday, August 29

12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. (English)
Special Exhibitions Gallery C
The oceans and lakes of Canada have been home to some of the largest, most terrifying and most famous sea monsters ever known. Canadian Museum of Nature paleontologist and author of children’s books Stephen Cumbaa takes you on a hunt for these legendary sea monsters, and shares stories and images of some that were — and are — very real indeed!

Canadian Children’s Museum
(located in the Canadian Museum of Civilization)
Building Mania!
Wednesday, August 26
10:30 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Grab your hard hats and get ready to build! A truckload of bricks and blocks has just been delivered to the Studio, and construction is about to begin! Our building team needs your help to design buildings and other structures for the community. It’s a construction site you won’t want to miss!

Her Majesty’s Stamps
From June 19, 2009 to January 3, 2010
Special Exhibitions Gallery D
The exhibition Her Majesty’s Stamps features more than 400 postage stamps from the Collection of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Housed in St. James Palace, the Collection is widely regarded as the finest of its kind in the world, private or public, containing many unique and very rare items often of unsurpassed quality.
The exhibition presents not only rare and beautiful stamps — including the world’s first postage stamp — but also stamp designs, proofs and colour trials, archival documents and caricatures. Included will be many stamps and proofs of early Canadian material, as well as other artifacts belonging to the Collection. The Canadian Museum of Civilization is the sole Canadian venue for the exhibition. 

Mythic Beasts: Dragons, Unicorns and Mermaids
From May 15 to September 20, 2009
Special Exhibitions Gallery C
Fantastic creatures of land, sea and air have long lived in our imaginations. Legends and fairy tales, ancient and modern art, theatre, dance and movies, and even accounts by early naturalists all feed our fascination for these legendary beasts.
This exhibition will present original artifacts and objects from a multitude of cultures, as well as models of some of the world’s most famous mythical creatures, including a gigantic dragon with its large wings spread wide. Visitors will be able to admire spectacular sculptures, paintings, textiles and specimens from the collections of the American Museum of Natural History. They will also see remarkable artifacts from the Canadian Museum of Civilization’s collections and a number of scientific, historical and ethnographic objects. Rarely will so many cultures have been represented in a single exhibition.

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