|A few of the artifacts on display. Clockwise from top right: 45 single of “Give Peace a Chance”, a tiny “Stop Star Wars” pin, a small knit peacekeeper, an education kit sent to Afghanistan, and the original Greenpeace flag.|
I visited Peace: The Exhibition at the Canadian War Museum on the weekend. Actually I visited twice, once on Friday night as part of an invite-only VIP event, and once the next day because I wanted to check it out in more detail and bring my daughter along too. She’ll be talking about Remembrance Day in school over the next few weeks and I thought it might give her some added context and perspective.
The exhibition is impressive. It’s full articles, photos and stories about peace and makes a nice counterpoint to all of the “war” on display elsewhere in the museum. It’s a diverse look at different approaches to peace, from individual grassroots movements to international politics.
The exhibit is full of challenging contrasts. There’s a land mine on display across from a prosthetic limb. There are tiny peace sign pins and there’s Lester B. Pearson’s daytimer. Peace treaties and artwork by children. A a tiny clock pulled from the rubble of Hiroshima.
There’s plenty of depth for adults and there are some thoughtful interactive elements too. My daughter made a peace pin, put a peace ribbon on the wall, did a puzzle, wrote a post-it note about how she supports peace.
It’s on until early January, 2014. You should go!
See also: Ottawa Museums Guide
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