Waterloo Region Museum wins OMA Excellence Award for Trailblazing Women exhibition

Waterloo Region Museum and edutainment attraction specialist, Science North, are celebrating an OMA (Ontario Museums Association) Award of Excellence in Exhibitions for Trailblazing: Women in Canada since 1867.

OMA logoThe OMA award was established to honour individuals, institutions, corporations, or agencies that have created an exceptional and engaging exhibition.

Trailblazing: Women in Canada since 1867 was created by the Waterloo Region Museum with support from the Region of Waterloo. The exhibition tour is managed by Science North. The exhibition explores what it has meant to be a woman throughout the country’s 150-year old history.

The exhibition is not just about celebrities, as Adèle Hempel, Manager/Curator of the Waterloo Region Museum, explained:

“Trailblazing highlights the experiences of women – mothers, sisters, daughters, partners, and friends – from all walks of Canadian life.”

Leading-edge interactive elements and hands-on activities

Visitors learn about the inspirational stories of trailblazing women from the worlds of sport, politics, science, education and more. Within each section, the exhibition looks at specific events, focusing on the trailblazing women who have brought about, and continue to bring about, social and political change.

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Trailblazing provides an engaging experience through a combination of leading-edge interactive elements and hands-on activities.

“At times rightly celebratory, these spaces also function commemoratively… Trailblazing acknowledges trails not yet blazed, a message reinforced by the winding, transitional pathways that both intersect and unify the overall display,” commented Dr. Susan Roy and Dr. Julia Roberts.

Trailblazing: Women in Canada since 1867 is just one of many touring exhibitions available through Science North to venues worldwide. Arctic Voices, co-produced by Science North and the Canadian Museum of Nature, has recently been made available to exhibitors in the Asia-Pacific region. The exhibition aims to promote a better understanding of the Arctic region. Among the many interactive elements, visitors are encouraged to crawl beneath ice and compare their strength and size with those of Arctic animals.