Saturday, September 5, 2015

Ancient Greece And Modern Tech

I went over to the renamed Museum of History in Gatineau a few days ago to take in a couple of the temporary exhibits. One I thought I would make mention of now, since it closes on the 12th of October, and those in the area with an interest in the subject would want to take it in. The Greek government, in collaboration with four North American museums, has sent a large collection of artifacts on tour, covering thousands of history from Agamemnon to Alexander. No photography was permitted (more's the pity), but the collection was well worth the visit. The tour began in Montreal, and this was the second stop. For my American readers, the exhibit moves to the Field Museum in Chicago starting in November, and in the spring of 2016 it will be on display in the National Geographic Museum in Washington.


Contrasting the ancient with the modern, this is the projection room for the IMAX theatre here at the museum. All that equipment inside is used for the showings of the giant scale documentaries. The theatre always has at least two films running, with showings in English and in French. Some of the previous films that have been shown here through the years are mounted on the wall nearby as permanent posters.


I leave off with this view from the terrace outside the museum. I have more from here, but I'll be leaving that until the end of the month.

30 comments:

  1. I took in the Imax show on the Vikings at the Royal B.C. Museum last year. It's quite a viewing experience! (Too bad you couldn't share more of the Greek exhibit. It sounds interesting...and won't be remotely close to the west coast, drat!)

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  2. The museum show sounds wonderful. But what really caught my eye was the turning leaves of the trees in your header. The leaves are turning already? Really?!!

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  3. Panoramic of Ottawa are wonderful!

    Tomás.

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  4. Great place and thanks for the head's up on this exhibit being in Washington. I would enjoy seeing it. Love that last shot.

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  5. That's the wonderful thing about museums William, you just never know what you'll find :) super view in last shot.

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  6. Aha! I'll have to look for this when it comes my way.

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  7. A very interesting exhibit...

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  8. Ancient Greece and Modern Tech. A winning combo. I just saw the Steve Jobs (of Apple fame) movie last night so I'm in a "techie" frame of mind.

    Janis
    GDP

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  9. @Tex: it's a view I've always loved!

    @Kay: I do enjoy these IMAX documentaries. My favourites are Everest, the Alps, Alaska, and Kilimanjaro. It's the mountain climber in me.

    @Oakland: it's actually a shot from two years ago, not a current one. I took it in the Arboretum. Though we are starting to see just the first hints of fall colours.

    @Tomas: thank you!

    @Denise: I figured letting people around Virginia and Maryland know about it would be a good idea.

    @Grace: thank you!

    @Revrunner: I thoroughly enjoyed it, even without taking pics. The two masks of Agamemnon (which probably never adorned him) were a treat.

    @VP: definitely!

    @Janis: I've heard of that one!

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  10. Such a cool exhibit, and I love your last photo. :)

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  11. I've never been disappointed with an IMAX movie.

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  12. What a spectacular view from the terrace! A great place for a visit.

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  13. The museum does look worth a visit. I particularly love the last shot! Have a nice break :).

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  14. That is one gorgeous museum! IMAX movies are the best!

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  15. Encantador blog el tuyo, un placer haberme pasado por tu espacio.

    Saludos.

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  16. Love that view from the terrace!

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  17. @Linda: thank you!

    @Birdman: me neither. My parents knew one of the founders of the company, actually. Fascinating guy, inventive genius... and if you looked at him you'd think aging hippie.

    @Linda: it's one of the best places along the river.

    @Lauren: oh, I won't be away, just posting other stuff first.

    @Lowell: particularly the high altitude ones!

    @Antonio: thank you!

    @RedPat: so do I.

    @Marleen: the other exhibitions I'll show, I'm looking forward to the reactions.

    @Norma: I bet! I know there's a lot of archaeologist in you.

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  18. Interesting stuff William, I like the sound of The Greeks very much..

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  19. That's a lot of movies. The Greek exhibition must be sooooo fascinating!

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  20. Love the stylish sign for the Greek exhibition. Most appealing. Love the idea of a mural of film posters representing screenings. And what a grand view in the last photo.

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  21. There's lots of great history from Greece. I have yet to visit the museum of civilization or whatever Harper wants to call it.

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  22. How fortunate you are. I live nowhere near where those exhibits will be when in the U. S.

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  23. Sounds like a wonderful exhibit! How sad you were not able to take photos.

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  24. I like how some stuff gets moved about for all to see. Cool beaners.

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  25. Greek statuary would be well worth seeing, even with photography prohibited.

    BTW, I like your new banner photo.

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