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50 Sussex Summer Exhibits Series

  Lessons from the Arctic

Lessons from the Arctic honours the travels of legendary Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, the first person to reach the South Pole. Amundsen also travelled to the North Pole and through the Northwest Passage. The exhibit offers a glimpse into a life devoted to polar exploration. Photos show important accomplishments as well as everyday moments from Amundsen’s life, revealing the demanding conditions of his travels and highlighting his deep respect for the people who trained him to survive: the Inuit. Artifacts, such as the signed Norwegian flag Amundsen carried with him and planted at the South Pole, snowshoes, maps, dinnerware and cutlery used more than 100 years ago, offer a more tactile glimpse into Amundsen’s life away from home.

Lessons from the Arctic is presented in partnership with Royal Norwegian Embassy.

  EXPLORE Chris Cran

This exhibition of contemporary artwork by renowned Alberta artist Chris Cran, features some of Canada’s greatest explorers and geographers. EXPLORE includes portraits of Canadian geography legends such as RCGS founder Charles Camsell, geologist Joseph Burr Tyrrell, Arctic explorer Joseph-Elzéar Bernier, geologist Alice E. Wilson and Inuit oral historian Louie Kamookak. Cran is known for his ability to challenge perception by playing with illusion and for exploring, borrowing from and overturning traditional artistic genres to create alluring works of art.

  Compass: Peace in All Directions 

Compass: Peace in All Directions is a feature attraction for the RCGS Summer Exhibits Series, located on the front lawn of the new RCGS headquarters. This imaginative, site-specific, temporary art installation displays 3,500 handmade ceramic sculptures of roses, feathers, birds and fleur-de-lis, all elevated on steel rods. It uses the RCGS signature compass rose as a focal point to symbolically bring together the founding peoples of Ottawa at the time of Confederation, in a move towards the goal of peaceful coexistence.

Exhibit Hours
Monday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The RCGS Summer Exhibits Series is open to the public in Canada’s Centre for Geography and Exploration at 50 Sussex until September 15, 2018. Admission is free.

More about 50 Sussex:

Historic Ottawa addresses on Sussex Drive now accessible via The Great Trail
Some 22,000 kilometres of cross-Canada trail is now complete, with more to come by end of 2017

RCGS partners with First Nations, Inuit and Métis organizations to create Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada
Ambitious multi-platform, Indigenous-led project will be a tool for education and reconciliation

The story behind 'Thirteen Moons,' a new work by Alex Janvier
Celebrated Indigenous artist Alex Janvier's new work is a circular mural inspired by the traditional lunar calendar. Here's how it came to be.

Strong Ties: Canada-Norway connection celebrated at 50 Sussex
The Embassy of Norway has gifted Canada with the first English translation of Roald Amundsen’s Northwest Passage diaries, reaffirming a shared polar past and future

A new home for the RCGS: 50 Sussex
The Royal Canadian Geographical Society announces forthcoming Canada's Centre for Geography and Exploration

5 facts about 50 Sussex Drive
Get to know the new home of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society and Canadian Geographic

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