On yet another museum visit, Chris and I checked out the current temporary exhibit at the Canadian Museum of History, “Notman, Visionary Photographer.” This exhibit is the first retrospective entirely devoted to exploring the work of William Notman, a photographer originally from Scotland, who immigrated to Canada and over the course of the late 19th century founded a chain of studios under the name Wm. Notman & Son.
Recently Chris and I ventured to the Canadian Museum of History to catch the temporary exhibit, “Medieval Europe: Power and Splendour” before it closed. In a past undergraduate life I actually was a bit of a medievalist, so I was pretty interested to check out this exhibit.
This post is very late in coming. The only excuses I can offer is that it is apparently much more difficult than I thought to get yourself into a productive writing routine after you have graduated and are no longer receiving grades for your work/crippling criticism/are now much more invested in your netflix schedule. But I digress.
Part two of our adventures at the Canadian Museum of History involved exploring the exhibit ‘Gold Rush! – El Dorado in British Columbia.’ Central to this exhibit was the notion that although the idea of El Dorado was a myth, it was one powerful enough to inspire thousands of people around the world to migrate in the pursuit of gold, changing the economy, relationships, cultures, and landscapes of the West dramatically and irrevocably. The exhibit asks, immediately upon entry, what happens to a world driven by myth?
This past weekend myself and my wonderful historian boyfriend Chris, decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather and cross the river to the Canadian Museum of History, to take in the new temporary exhibits that we haven’t had a chance to see yet. The museum hosts three temporary exhibits at any given time, and we explored all three. The first one that we explored showcased the Paul Bienvenu collection of horse-drawn carriages, which was donated to the museum in its entirety in 2010. This collection, according to the exhibit, is particularly special because the vehicles can be traced back to owners, many of which were people who greatly influenced the history of Quebec and Canada.