Shilo-based museum opens War of 1812 exhibit

he ribbon will snip on Wednesday to officially open a dramatic new exhibit at the RCA Museum located at CFB Shilo.

The exhibit, called “1812: One War, Four Perspectives” is a travelling exhibit by the Canadian War Museum that was created to mark the ongoing bicentennial of the War of 1812.

It presents a dramatic account of the War of 1812, as seen through the eyes of Canadian, American, British and First Nations participants, for whom it had surprisingly different meanings and consequences. By comparing these perspectives, visitors will gain a richer and deeper understanding of a conflict that shaped Canada’s destiny.

The lavishly illustrated exhibit features more than 40 artifacts from the Canadian War Museum, a large-scale diorama of the Battle of the Thames, and four mannequins to create a powerful, immersive experience evocative of all four perspectives on the conflict.

Although the official opening is Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., the exhibit is already viewable by the public. It will remain on display until June 29.

The RCA Museum is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. until May 9, although closed on statutory holidays. For the summer, starting May 12, the museum will be open seven days a week.

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