New Temporary Exhibition
“From Vimy to Juno: Remembering Canadians in France”
As of March 1st 2017
Vimy and Juno.
Two names, two world wars.
Two great Canadian victories in France.
One hundred years ago, in 1917, Canadians captured Vimy Ridge in the Pas de Calais region. 27 years later, in 1944, Canadians landed on Juno Beach in Normandy, and took part in the liberation of France.
Do Canadians remember? Have the French played a role in preserving these memories? Will they be forgotten?
The exhibition is embedded with a timeline that retraces the story of Canada’s involvement on French soil in successive steps, going from the conflicts to their commemoration. This chronological approach allows a better understanding of the reasons for enlisting in the military, the mourning that families experienced, as well as how Canadians developed a culture of commemoration throughout the 20th century.
This new exhibition is an invitation to remember and reflect upon the future as veterans are passing away.
Temporary exhibition until December 31, 2018. Temporary exhibition Room. Visit included in the museum rate. Visit of the temporary exhibition only: 3 €.
For school groups and families: “Puzzling Stories” Mobile app
In order to create a more interactive experience with the content in the exhibition, the Juno beach Centre has developed a web application for school groups and families who visit the exhibition.
The family version consists in 12 interactive challenges to solve on a giant tactile tablet or on a smartphone. Visitors must then assemble the puzzle, which tells them the story of 3 Canadian families and 1 French family, from 1914 to the modern day.
The presentation for school groups aged 11 and up, led by a Canadian guide, takes the form of cooperative games played through the app on tablets given to each team. Thanks to the app, students are immersed in the experiences of 4 families during the First and Second World Wars. Narration from their descendants Arlene, Kevin, Jonah, Laine and Alyssa leads young visitors through the exhibit. At the end of the activity, students assemble the puzzle pieces related to the family history they followed and share what they learned with the other teams.
This project has been selected by the call for projects « Services numériques innovants et tourisme de mémoire en France » organised by DGE Ministère de l’Economie et des Finances, DMPA Ministère de la Défense and Région Normandie. With the support of Crédit Agricole de Normandie.
A Prelude in the Main Hall of the Museum
“Vimy 1917: A Canadian Battlefield in France”
March 1 until December 31, 2017
On the occasion of the Centennial of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, the Juno Beach Centre presents a new temporary exhibition in its Main Hall “Vimy 1917: A Canadian Battlefield in France”.
Produced in partnership with the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa and co-authored by noted Historian Dr. Tim Cook, this exhibition portrays the major role Canadians played in France in the spring of 1917, during the Battle of Vimy Ridge. This battle constitutes an important cornerstone in Canada’s history and a defining moment in affirming a Canadian identity for a young nation. This exhibition is meant to allow visitors to better understand the significance of this historic battle for Canadians during the First World War, its careful preparation and outcomes.
A presentation of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission reminds us that, for years, this institution has been taking care of the graves of those Canadian soldiers who rest on French soil.
The exhibition “Vimy 1917: A Canadian Battlefield in France” is comprised of 10 panels and a rich iconography, which serve as a prelude to the memorial temporary exhibition “From Vimy to Juno: Remembering Canadians in France” presented in the museum’s temporary exhition room (as part of the paid visit).
Exhibition in French and English – Main Hall of the museum – Free entry during opening hours.