International Museum Day has been celebrated on May 18 worldwide since 1977.
This year, the theme for International Museum Day is museums and contested histories: saying the unspeakable in museums. This theme helps to explore contested histories where little is known or information is misunderstood.
The hope is to encourage museum goers to reflect on how history is represented, particularly traumatic memories, and inspire visitors to think past what they experience on an individual level.
International Museum Day, and for various countries, cities and provinces often a weekend, week or month, is a day to help raise awareness on the importance of museums and the roles they play within society.
One of these roles is delivering new information to visitors, educating them on new topics or further inspiring a love for a culture, idea or subject area.
Help your students learn more about what they love by encouraging them to check out one of these great Canadian museums:
Canadian Science Museums
Ontario Science Centre – This location is a classic staple field trip location for elementary students in the Toronto and GTA area. This museum helps students learn and experiment with science through hands-on activities.
Manitoba Electrical Museum & Education Centre – If you’ve got students interested in electricity, this museum in Manitoba will be right up thier alley. Covering the timeline of hydroelectric development in Manitoba from 1870 to present day, students can learn about safe electricity use and the inner workings of electrical energy.
Children’s Discovery Museum – Help your students learn more about science and other topics at this hands-on museum in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Children twelve and under are welcome to visit this museum to get their creative juices flowing through interactive exhibits and programming.
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Canadian Social Sciences Museums
Royal British Columbia Museum – This museum located in Victoria, BC was founded in 1886. Allow your students to learn more about the natural and human history of British Columbia by encouraging them to visit this museum.
Canadian Museum for Human Rights – This museum is one-of-a-kind: the first museum that is focuses solely on the evolution and future of human rights. Located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, this museum boasts immersive and interactive activities to inspire visitors to help make a difference and create lasting change.
Museum of Natural History – Out on Canada’s East Cost in Halifax, Nova Scotia, visitors are encouraged to learn more about culturally significant artifacts to Nova Scotia that help to promote the province’s natural landscape.
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Celebrating Canada’s Museums
On May 18, encourage your students to develop their passions through visiting a museum. The ones discussed in this blog are only a handful of the experiences offered across the country, so encourage your students to do some research and find a museum that appeals to their interests.