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Collingwood marking Museum Month with travelling exhibit, podcasts

Museum's clock tower will be lit up in purple May 18-25
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Collingwood Museum. Erika Engel/CollingwoodToday file photo

Museum staff and volunteers have a month of activities planned in celebration of museums and all that they offer to our communities.

From a travelling exhibit from the Royal Botanical Gardens to three new podcast episodes, the Collingwood Museum has something for everyone.

May is Museum Month kicked off with a declaration by Acting Mayor Keith Hull on May 1 that will be followed by the illumination of the Town Hall clock and the Collingwood Museum’s iconic tower in purple between May 18 and 25. The declaration may be found here.

Three episodes of the museum’s popular podcast, Stories from Another Day, will be released on May 3, 17 and 31. The May 17 episode, titled The Museum That Wasn’t, features a relatively unknown story about a community effort to honour one of the museum’s earliest curators, David Williams. You can listen in at or wherever you find your podcasts.

In celebration of International Museum Day on Wednesday, May 18, the Collingwood Museum will be hosting an exciting travelling exhibit from the Royal Botanical Gardens, titled A Place to Grow. The exhibit will be on site until the first week of July. A Place to Grow highlights the history of gardening in a Canadian context, from agricultural crops that shaped Ontario’s economic development to ornamental plants that influenced our country’s social history.

This travelling exhibit will be complemented by an in-house display titled Going to Seed that will explore Collingwood’s early agriculture, the emergence of civic pride in property beautification, and the present-day popularity of community gardens.

For up-to-date information on activities throughout the month of May, follow the Collingwood Museum on Facebook or visit