Past Exhibits

The Franklin Exploration  

May 6 to October 1, 2017

This pop-up display, presented in conjunction with Parks Canada and the Royal Ontario Museum, examines the mysteries surrounding the Franklin Expedition and sheds light on the historical context of science and exploration in the 19th century. The display focuses on Inuit traditional knowledge, the reasons behind the fatal expedition and the clues collected during the initial research efforts. It allows the visitor to create links with contemporary research in the Arctic and the methodology and progress of ongoing scientific work in the Canadian North. Supporting the exhibit are reproductions of Franklin Expedition artifacts, dive equipment, photos, and resource materials.


 Nanuk’s Journey : Inuit Art from the Samuel and Esther Sarick Collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario

May 6 to Sept. 24, 2017

Nanuk’s Journey  features major sculptures from the AGO’s Samuel and Esther Sarick Collection. Focussed on the subject of Nanuk the polar bear, the exhibition compliments the Stratford Festival’s The Breathing Hole, a new play by Colleen Murphy directed by Reneltta Arluk (Gwich’in and Chipewyan-Cree).

Nanuk’s Journey is curated by Andrew Hunter (the AGO’s Fredrik S. Eaton Curator, Canadian Art) in consultation with Inuvialuit Reneltta Arluk. The exhibit includes work by: deceased Cape Dorset artist and hunter Tim Pitsiulak, Tudlik, Niviaksiak, Matthew Aqugaaq, David Ruben Piqtoukun, Osuitok Ipeelee, Pauta Saila, Andy Miki, Parr and  Bill Nasogaluak, among other notable Inuit artists. Following its presentation at the Stratford Perth Museum, the exhibition will be featured in the AGO’s Samuel and Esther Sarick Gallery.


The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Myths, Magic and Messages

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May 1 to December 31, 2016

Explore and interact with iconic scenes from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Discover the imagery, symbolism and influences that inspired the world of Narnia.

C.S. Lewis was a professor of English Literature, a medievalist, a WWI veteran, and a convert to Christianity. How did all of these influences help to shape his most well-known story? A fairy tale, an allegory, a coming-of-age story – explore the many messages of this beloved novel. This hands-on exhibit is full of fun for the whole family!

We would like to thank the Stratford Festival for their collaboration and support in this project.


To the Victor, the Spoils – Festival Archives Exhibit

Macrowny 1 to December 31, 2016

The Festival Archives explores the making of a king, from might to right, and the royal language of display.

A fascinating look at the visual language of power seen through the prism of the Stratford Festival Archive’s collection of royal costumes and crowns, with dazzling stage robes and jewels.

Curated by Festival Archives Director  Liza Giffen


Order to Disorder – Stratford Festival Archives

May 9th to October 18th, 2015

Audiences can disOrder to Disordercover dark inner and outer worlds through rare images, unique props, and historic costumes from some of the Stratford Festival’s extraordinary productions of King Lear and The Adventures of Pericles.

Shakespeare’s works are stories about light and darkness, order and chaos. They have shown generations not only chaotic outer and inner worlds, but also a deeper understanding of how suffering can carve a path to wisdom in this life.

Pericles and King Lear lead us into the darkness in the human heart and then back into the light of humanity. This exhibition demonstrates how these themes have been transferred to the Stratford Festival stage over past decades.


 Anne Frank – A History for Today

June 6 to October 18th, 2015, December 20, 2015 to January 31, 2016

A travelling exhibit from the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, Anne Frank: A History for Today was presented in conjunction with the Stratford Festival’s production of The Diary of Anne Frank. It explored the life of Anne Frank and her family, from her early life in Germany, to their period in hiding in the Netherlands, and to their incarceration in various concentration camps. This information was presented through a detailed timeline of the Frank family, and the general history and events of the Second World War, and was accompanied by dozens of photographs.

This exhibit was augmented by 17 artifacts from the Montreal Memorial Holocaust Centre, including Jewish identity items, personal effects recovered from concentration camps, a 1947 edition of The Diary of Anne Frank in Dutch, and a prisoner’s uniform jacket from Auschwitz-Birkenau.

We would like to thank the Anne Frank House and the Stratford Festival for their involvement in hosting this exhibit.

For more information on the success of Anne Frank: A History for Today, see this news article.