May is Museum Month at National Gallery of Canada, CMCP
Ottawa, Canada - May 18, 2004
Mai, mois des musées au Musée des beaux-arts du Canada et au MCPC
The National Gallery of Canada and the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography (CMCP) are once again celebrating May is Museum Month with a variety of activities and promotions.
“Museums play many important roles here in Ottawa,” says Pierre Théberge, Director of the National Gallery of Canada. “They attract tourists to our beautiful city, provide diversions and activities for local residents, educate our children, and help preserve and foster Canadian culture.
“May is Museum Month is not a only a nice way to celebrate these great institutions. It also provides us all with a wonderful opportunity to discover arts and culture by exploring museums, art galleries and heritage sites all across Ontario,” Mr. Théberge adds. “The National Gallery of Canada and the CMCP are very proud to collaborate with other fine institutions to ensure the success of this event.”
In honour of May is Museum Month, both the National Gallery and the CMCP are offering their Bell Audioguides for free today. With these devices, art lovers can listen and learn more about the treasures of the National Gallery as they visit the permanent collection. Down the street at the CMCP, the Bell Audioguide provides insight into the exhibition John Massey: The House that Jack Built, with commentary by the artist himself. Visitors to the CMCP’s Discovery Area, meanwhile, are invited to explore key concepts in Massey’s work, design their own interior space and spend time (re)discovering the world of nursery rhymes.
May is Museum Month promotions don’t end today. Web surfers can download an e-coupon for 2-for-1 rentals of John Massey Bell Audioguides at the CMCP until 31 May (admission to the exhibition is always free). Another e-coupon provides 2-for-1 admission to the special exhibition French Drawings from Canadian Collections at the National Gallery between 21 and 31 May. This stunning exhibition, which runs from 21 May until 29 August 2004, brings together some 100 landscapes, portraits, genre pictures, and representations of historical and religious subjects dating from the 16th to the 19th centuries. The e-coupons are available at the Ontario Museums Association Web site, http://www.museumsontario.com/.
The National Gallery of Canada and the CMCP are also participating in the Canada’s Capital Museums Passport program. For the price of just $30, out-of-town visitors gain admission to eight museums, and receive other discounts and special offers. Passports are available at the National Gallery and the CMCP. Later this summer, tourists will be able to use their Museum Passports to see the much-anticipated exhibition The Great Parade: Portrait of the Artist as Clown. This fantastic circus-themed show opens on 25 June and continues until 19 September at the National Gallery of Canada.
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