Interactive archaeological exhibit installed at the Centennial Museum of Sheguiandah

The new exhibit includes artifacts from the dig site, an interactive iPad game, large information panels and a kids’ dig station. photos by Robin Burridge

SHEGUIANDAH—The Centennial Museum of Sheguiandah has installed a new exhibit at the museum on the Sheguiandah archaeological site.

“We have large information panels about the history of the area, the first dig, the reinvestigation of the excavation site,” explained Museum Curator Lisa Hallaert. “We also have displays that showcase some of the artifacts from the dig site, including some new items that have never been on display before.”

There are also interactive elements for children including a dig station.

The Archaeology Discovery Trivia iPad game features a cartoon character of Dr. Pat Julig who has worked on the archeological site and helped with the content for the exhibit.

“Kids are normally told not to touch anything at museums, so this it neat,” said Ms. Hallaert. “We have an uncover and discover station with buried ‘artifacts’ that kids can use tools to dig up and learn about. We also have an iPad with an interactive game created just for this exhibit. It is Archaeology Discovery Trivia and features a cartoon character of Dr. Pat Julig, a professor in the Anthropology Department at Lauentian University who resides in Sheguiandah and who has worked on the archeological site and helped with content for the exhibit.”

“The exhibit was officially completed today and is now open to the public,” Ms. Hallaert said last Friday. “We are really excited for the public to come and see it and for kids to enjoy the new interactive elements. It’s a great addition to the museum.”

The new exhibit was made possible thanks to funding from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund and Canadian Heritage’s Canada Cultural Spaces Fund.

SA•WAT•SKI Concept Reality was the firm that created and installed the exhibit.

The museum is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm. The facility will close for the season at the end of October.