Monday, January 16, 2017

Horse Power

While the two previous special exhibits at the Canadian Museum of History wrapped up in early January, there's a third one that is ongoing until early next year. Horse Power has been done in collaboration with the Musees de la Civilization in Quebec City, showing horse drawn sleighs and carriages of the 19th century.

Visible from this exhibit is an adjacent balcony that I think must be used with school groups as a sort of jumping off point for tours. That's how it feels to me, anyway, and I believe it's accessible from an area of the Museum referred to as the Canadian Children's Museum. Yes, I have been in there on two different occasions. And for the record, both times I ended up coming out with splitting headaches. 

Children are loud.


  1. Is it wrong that I want to paint that sleigh red?

  2. I don't think sleighs would have worked in Texas, but I like the idea.

  3. I want to sit in a sleigh and go for a ride!

  4. the idea of sleigh riding sounds lovely. but there is never enough snow around here to have a sleigh ride. but i will live in my imagination instead where i can go sleigh riding and ole' time. LOL!! ( ;

  5. I think sleigh rides are fun but we don't have it here.

  6. i love this exhibit, especially the horse sculpture!

  7. Ah yes, back in the day when the clippity-clop of horses hooves was more prevalent than the tooting of horns.

  8. They had some very fancy sleighs and carriages. I would think these were urban sleighs. Farmers had something planer and more substantial.

  9. @Whisk: I can see that.

    @Linda: thank you.

    @Francisco: thanks.

    @Janey: here the winters would have required it.

    @Hilary: they were quite a sight to see.

    @Beth: we get a good amount of snow.

    @Nancy: here I think you'd have to go into the countryside. There are horse drawn carriages in the city, though.

    @Tanya: me too.

    @Sharon: and those horse hooves can be heard a good way off.

    @Red: I think so as well.

  10. Love the wall images that show how the carriages were used. Children AND mums William, a noisy combination!

  11. Lol! Yes, kids, ha ha.
    An interesting take on a cool place.

  12. might be good to carry earplugs for the children part.

    loved seeing horse drawn vehicles.

  13. Very nice to see the different carriages. The horse sculpture is awesome. And the children, yes they can be annoying :)

  14. Great to see those old sleighs, what a pity it was so dark overthere.

  15. One must be prepared when visiting a children's museum. I cannot imagine Canadian children being loud. Silly me!


  16. @Grace: it shows that I have no patience with kids!

    @Cloudia: I'll have to photograph that part of the museum sometime, probably when it's more quiet, and have some Tylenol on hand just in case!

    @Tammie: it's quite an exhibit.

    @RedPat: they certainly do.

    @Bill: I'm glad I have no kids (that I know of!)

    @Jan: I think the next time I come over, I'll try another setting, but by and large, the material of these sleighs and carriages seem to absorb light.

    @Janis: it happens, especially when they're in large groups, but the children's museum area is well worth the visit. I'll just have to time dropping in there better than I have in the past.

  17. Wall image and wagon are wonderful.

  18. Sure wouldn't have much use for a sleigh down here in the lower 49 this season.

  19. A good thing you aren't an elementary school teacher. Love the exhibit. Too bad you weren't reading my blogs when I posted about Horse Power. It's amazing to watch.

  20. Beautiful sleighs but I'm still partial to my Toyota Rav4.
    "Inside voices, children! INSIDE VOICES!!"

  21. I enjoyed the sleighs and buggies, too, but couldn't help thinking of all that horse-uh-stuff to clean up.

  22. They are, indeed, loud!
    I remember taking kids on a field trip, the uncle of one child was the head of OPSEU union at the time. He went nuts on the bus! Hah!

  23. @Orvokki: I agree.

    @Revrunner: we could use it here.

    @Mari: I'm glad I don't have kids!

    @Kay: inside voices indeed!

    @Catalyst: that would be a drawback.

    @Norma: thanks!

    @Jennifer: hah!