Second Floor

On the second floor are two galleries featuring rotating displays from the Museum’s permanent collection, and travelling exhibits of all descriptions. Some of the temporary themes presented in the last few years include art, furniture, quilts, railway equipment, prisoner of war camps, Girl Guides, ship models, and pottery.

CURRENTLY ON DISPLAY

MY NAME IS NANUQ: DIARY OF A POLAR BEAR
A day in the life of a mother polar bear and her cubs.

On display January 20 – March 29, 2015.

NEWCOMERS TO THUNDER BAY
Over the past 150 years, successive waves of immigration have occurred in Thunder Bay making it one of the nation’s most ethnically diverse cities.

Those of English, Scottish, Irish, French, and Ojibwa backgrounds predominated in the 19th century and they were joined by newcomers from a variety of European countries and China, especially in the years just after 1900 when people came to work in mines, freight sheds, coal docks, and sawmills, as well as on the railways and in the bush.

This exhibit displays some of the cultural objects and clothing items immigrants to the Lakehead brought with them when they settled in the area. 

On display until the end of February 2015.

UPCOMING EXHIBITS

ALBERTOSAURUS
Albertosaurus was a flesh eating dinosuar from the late Cretaceous period, some 70 million years ago in the area that is now the province of Alberta. A full-sized replica skeleton of this famous dinosaur will be on exhibit at the Museum during this exhibit.

On display March 5 – September 6, 2015.

TERRY FOX

On April 12, 1980, Terry Fox dipped his artificial limb in the Atlantic Ocean and began the Marathon of Hope, his run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. His run, and his life, were cut short by the disease, but he lived to see more than $23 million raised for cancer research in his name. Since his death in 1981, Terry Fox has become part of Canada’s cultural fabric.

This new travelling exhibit examines the Marathon of Hope and its ongoing impact on modern Canada through maps, photos, newspapers and material from the Fox archives.

The Thunder Bay Museum will be the first venue to host this new exhibit (developed by the Canadian Museum of History in partnership with the Terry Fox Centre). The Thunder Bay Museum gratefully acknowledges the City of Thunder Bay and its Archives and Records Centre for helping us to acquire this exhibit.

On display May – mid-July, 2015.

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