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Museum glows red for Canada Day Outdoor choir, $5 admission, last few weeks for Mandela exhibition

A building adorned with projected red-and-white stripes, topped by a glowing red tower.

Photo: CMHR, Aaron Cohen

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The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) will be topped with a glowing, maple-red tower and adorned with red-and-white lights from Friday night to Tuesday morning in celebration of Canada Day.

The Prairie Voices choir performs on July 1 outside the Museum on the Moe Levy Amphitheatre starting at 11 a.m. In the event of rain, this free concert will take place in Bonnie & John Buhler Hall on the CMHR’s ground floor. 

Visitors on July 1 will pay $5 for gallery admission (regularly $21 for adults). Admission for children 6 and under is free.

This special fee includes the popular exhibition Mandela: Struggle for Freedom, which closes August 25. A travelling version of the exhibition opens in Toronto on October 10, 2019 and runs until January 7, 2020 at the Meridian Arts Centre (formerly the Toronto Centre for the Arts) as part of the TO Live 2019–2020 season.

A rich sensory experience of imagery, soundscape, digital media and objects, the exhibition explores the fight for justice and human dignity by the anti-apartheid movement. It includes a replica of Mandela’s tiny prison cell, which is transformed into a digital theatre when visitors walk inside. The CMHR developed Mandela: Struggle for Freedom in collaboration with the Apartheid Museum of Johannesburg, South Africa.

WHAT: Canada Day choir performance and $5 admission 

WHEN: July 1, 2019 — Concert at 11 a.m., gallery admission from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE: CMHR, 85 Israel Asper Way

The CMHR Boutique will set up outside on the sidewalk on Canada Day, offering a range of Canada-themed items ranging from toques, to wooden spoons to maple products. No admission fee is needed to visit the full store inside.

ERA Bistro chefs will present appetizers and cocktails with a Canadian theme on July 1, when the restaurant and patio will be open until 5 p.m.

The Museum is grateful to The Asper Foundation, TD Bank Group, Air Canada and Travel Manitoba for supporting Mandela: Struggle for Freedom. The CMHR also thanks the many lenders whose loans have brought this important story to life, including Robben Island Museum and political cartoonist Zapiro.


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