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Arts & Museums
A brainchild of Syd Bolton, this museum takes guests through the history of personal computers. Personal Computer Museum displays computers from the 1950s onwards, when it was not a simple 4-unit system and before the internet became wide spread. The collection of personal computers spans over 1,000 of which 45 are interactive and can be accessed by visitors. Models launched by various brands like Apple, Mattel, Atari, Macintosh, IBM, Xerox and others can be perused here.
Everyone knows Alexander Graham Bell; the inventor of the famous and one of the most widely used discovery till the present time, the telephone. But if you want to probe deeper into the life of the genius and the process of his invention, then a peek into his house at Brantford would be of your interest. This historic site and museum has various well-preserved exhibits related to the scientist's life. While here, you could engage in a group tour of the place and also take part in various cultural activities, concerts and educational programs. For more details on this place, check their website.
The Westfield Heritage Centre contains the Westfield Heritage Village and is spread across an area of 130 hectares (321.23 acres). With home to 30 historic buildings, the village is certainly one of the most amazing historic destinations in Ontario. Interpreters in costumes will guide you through this maze of history and acquaint you with the rich Canadian culture. Live history demonstrations along with the beautiful county side backdrop will surely take you to the olden days. Educational programs, group tours and guided tours of the site are available. Events and activities at this site keep the visitors entertained.
Built in 1827, the Griffin House was marked as the National Historic Site of Canada owing to its architectural and historic value. Home to Enerals Griffin and his descending generations, the house is now operated as a museum. Over 3000 artifacts belonging to the early 19th century were recovered at the site. The artifacts include stoneware, clay pipes and porcelain items. They are now put on display for the public and this site is regarded of high importance to the Canadian Black History.
If warplanes and fighter aircraft interest you then head straight to the Canadian Warplane Heritage. This museum houses aircraft models that were actually used during the Second World War.
Based on a university campus, the McMaster Museum of Art is at once a cultural epicenter for the University, an outlet for contemporary and interdisciplinary artworks and an example of the latest innovations in curatorial studies. Boasting six galleries, as well as a sizable collection of works by artists such as Monet, Van Gogh and Cassatt, the Museum of Art strives to showcase the educational value of both its permanent and traveling exhibitions. Most exhibitions change every two months and the admission is pay what you can. Come test your critical and visual thinking skills and stop by the museum today!
Established in 1983, by the Cohen couple, The Arctic Experience Gallery focused on marvelous sculptures by the Canadian Inuit artists. In 1993, the gallery moved to the nerve center of Hamilton, in a beautiful building reflecting Victorian architecture. Following this the gallery merged with McNaught Gallery and expanded its collection to include prints and paintings that augmented the creations on display. Arctic Experience McNaught Gallery does not feature a regular operation schedule, calling ahead before your visit is advisable.
Used as a residence by famous athlete Thomas McQuesten, the Whitehern is now operated as a historic house museum. Built around 1850, the house displays elements that belong to the Georgian, Edwardian and Victorian era. It is now open to public and guided tours of the house are conducted regularly. Because of its rich history and architectural value, the Whitehern was designated as the National Historic Site of Canada in 1962.
For all those football fanatics out there, this is one place that you would definitely want to see. The Canadian Football Hall of Fame commemorates and honors all those who have made a significant contribution to Canadian football. The hall of fame is operated as a museum where exhibits related to the Canadian football's history are displayed. However, the center of attraction in this museum is the metal busts of members who have been inducted over all these years. Visitors can tour the place and get a feel of the rich history that the Canadian football possessed.
Established in 1914, Art Gallery of Hamilton is a famous public gallery in Hamilton. In 2005, the gallery was renovated, replete with a spacious pavilion and modern exhibition spaces. Boasting of a collection that amounts to 9000 objects, it focuses on European and Canadian art. The gallery calender is always full with interesting events like temporary exhibitions, art classes, workshops and art festivals. The efforts are directed towards giving the common man a unique art experience. A visit to this space gets you acquainted with the exquisite world of fine art and contemporary art. For more details, check website.
The Workers Art and Heritage Centre was opened by community and union activists, artists and labor historians 15 years ago as a means to celebrate Canadian workers and labor history. The Centre is located in a historic Custom building, which, built in 1860, used to regulate trade flow throughout Canada. Nowadays, the site boasts a variety of educational exhibits, performances and lectures centered around the theme of Canadian's working people. Make a stop at the Centre, it's a sure learning experience!
Get a chance to peep into the Waterloo Region's glorious history which dates back to more than 12,000 years. Here, numerous artifacts are displayed inside the museum rooms which take you through the life of the First Nation's people to those in the modern era, covering stories of European settlement and industrial revolution in between. The exterior wall itself hides an important part of a speech made by the Prime Minister in 1905, which is encoded in a colorful code used in computer programming. Apart from the gallery rooms, the museum also houses a Grand Foyer, a theater and classrooms to host lectures and events. If you want to learn more about the village, then visit the Doon Heritage Village in the museum campus, which is a recreated to resemble the rural settlement from the early 20th Century. A must visit attraction for one and all.