A Day at the Museum

12 Aug

Brown dressby Diva Nicole Olson

Earlier this week, I thought it would be a good idea to give the mini divas a little lesson on local and world history. I packed them up and headed for Goderich. There, we took a tour of the Huron Historic Gaol and the Huron County Museum. The museum has two temporary exhibits on presently; Here Comes the Bride and The Vikings: Master Mariners, Traders, Colonists and Artisans.

Here Comes the Bride is an exhibit that showcases different styles of wedding dresses from the 1860s to the 1970s. Some even have stories to go along with them, such as who the bride and groom were, where the wedding took place and in some cases an anecdote about the couple. As an avid enthusiast of the show Say Yes to the Dress, I really enjoyed this exhibit. I noticed that the majority of the early dresses were handmade by the bride or her family and were made from dark colors. I read that this was because wedding dresses were often worn several times, to church and special occasions, and white was an impractical color because it dirtied easily.

Blue dressWedding party

VikingsThe Viking exhibit, is a travelling exhibit from the Manitoba Museum. You can learn the Viking alphabet, learn about their ship building techniques, and get a better understanding of their traditional life and contributions made. There is a slideshow to take in as well. As you can see from the photo (below), my oldest mini diva enjoyed sailing the seas, pretending to be a Viking.

Here Comes the Bride will be on until August 15, and The Vikings will be on until August 31. You can also get joint admission to tour the Gaol, so I recommend making the trip!

Huron Historic Gaol

181 Victoria St. N (Hwy 21)
Goderich, ON
(519) 524-6971




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