Who said you have to be quiet in a museum?! There is an unspoken custom that indicates we must tiptoe around art and talk in hushed voices. Loud Day challenges this notion and gives people the opportunity to experience artefacts in a unique way. Loud Day is an annual event hosted by the Kingston Association of Museums, Art Galleries & Historic Sites inviting people and families to select museums and sites to make noise and interact with exhibitions. This year Loud Day was a huge blast – of noise! Six museums participated on Saturday and each location hosted exceptionally loud activities.
Class was in session at the Frontenac County Schools Museum! The schoolhouse is set up in the style of an 1890-1910 era classroom and invites children to learn similarly to those in pioneer days. The schoolroom is filled with artefacts from local schools that once existed in the surrounding Frontenac area. On Saturday kids rang authentic bells that were used as musical instruments and to indicate that recess was over. Frontenac County Schools Museum submerges children into a historic learning experience complete with cursive lessons taught with quills and ink.
The Miller Museum of Geology on Queen’s University campus had an eardrum shattering BYOR (bring your own rock) event. Curator Mark Badham cut open rocks of varying sizes to reveal what was inside! Unfortunately no one found any precious diamonds this year. Kids enjoyed the chance to touch the fossils, gemstones, and minerals. The hands on activities are a great educational experience enjoyed by all who visit Miller Museum.
Fort Henry had a day of Major Fun! The cannons blasted in the spirit of Loud Day and the ground shook as kids marched in the Muster Parade. The beautiful weather on Saturday made Fort Henry the ideal place to see some of the best views of Kingston.
The MacLachlan Woodworking Museum is nestled in a rural location just east of the city. The historic log house contains wooden artifacts and various tools used to make furniture. The museum explores the history of woodworking and furniture through the Shakers, a religious group who carved the path of wooden craft. MacLachlan utilizes contemporary woodworking methods in their fully functional workshop. On Saturday the workshop was building Adirondack chairs! While the adults were sawing away, kids played with handcrafted wooden instruments and made their own shakers.
The Pump House Steam Museum was pumpin’ up the tunes on Saturday! Kids had the chance to pair a sports sound effect with a short clip to make their own videos. The Pump House is one of Canada’s oldest waterworks. The original steam pumps are still situated in the museum and are animated with information on their functions throughout the history of industrial development.
On Saturday the Museum of Health Care held a balloon blast scavenger hunt! The galleries were filled to the brim with balloons containing trivia questions and the answers could be found all over the museum. Kids also played with medical instruments like stethoscopes and reflex hammers in the Children’s Gallery. The Museum of Health Care illustrates Canada’s rich medical history and the scientific advancements that have been made throughout the years.
In addition to making lots of noise, Loud Day emphasizes the importance of hands-on learning. This experience gives children the chance to physically interact with current and historic practices and art. Loud Day is perfect for the family and engages the community through fun and educational activities. This Saturday was a huge success and we can’t wait to see everyone next year at Loud Day 2017!
For more information on the museums that participated in Loud Day 2016 check out their websites!
Miller Museum of Geology
Frontenac County School’s Museum
Museum of Health Care at Kingston
Fort Henry National Historic Site of Canada
MacLachlan Woodworking Museum
Pump House Steam Museum