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Feature Exhibits at the Museum of Ontario Archaeology in London Ontario

Ontario’s archaeological heritage and First Nations history are revealed in our feature exhibits.

 Earth & Fire: The Craft and Form of Ontario Earthenware Pottery Traditions

Archaeologists recognize pottery of many shapes, sizes, and purposes as one of the most common artifact types found on archaeological sites, almost anywhere around the world. Made of earth and hardened by fire, even fragments of pottery can endure as archaeological evidence for thousands of years, providing insight into domestic foodways and an artisanal craft that continues to thrive, today.

This exhibit explores the materials and processes involved in making earthenware pottery from ancient examples originating from what is now the province of Ontario, to modern experiences of creating pots from a local clay source. Follow this narrative as it is shared through three voices: The Archaeologist, the Traditional Knowledge Keeper, and the Potter.



Exhibit marks Museum of Ontario Archaeology’s plans to expand use of technology
to create richer experience, share more artifacts

Developed by Dr. Michael Carter as an aspect of his dissertation research at Western University, the exhibit combines the interpretation of archaeological evidence and ethno-historic records with modern methods of CGI and virtual reality production.

This is the first virtual reality museum exhibit in the London region and one of only a few in Canada where archaeological findings have been transformed into an immersive experience. Wearing HTC Vive virtual reality goggles, visitors will wander through a 3D digital interpretation of life in a longhouse, past a blazing cooking fire, sleeping bunks strewn with furs, and stored foods hanging from the rafters.  You will interact with real objects and even try your hand in the virtual archery course outside the longhouse.

“It is just the start of the museum’s plans to bring more innovative and engaging technology into our exhibits,” said Rhonda Bathurst, executive director, Museum of Ontario Archaeology. “We want visitors to have a richer learning experience and to virtually interact with the wide range of excavated artifacts stored in the museum’s collections. Visitors will gain a better understanding and appreciation of Ontario’s and Canada’s diverse cultural heritage.”


Virtual Reality Hours

Tuesday-Friday: 10am-4pm

Saturday-Sunday: 12-3

Rate: $2.00 plus cost of regular admission


Coming Soon…


Music is a human universal that has been used as a form of communication, inspiration, and entertainment for millennia. In Ontario, the oldest objects we recognize as instruments, bird bone whistles, spans back thousands of years. Objects such as those are fragments of the past. The Archaeology of Music will piece together these fragments to create a multi-sensory, multi-vocal educational journey that will lead visitors to explore how music was created and what it may have sounded like. Working with nine of the ten London Heritage organizations, local CRM firms, and JUNOs London, we will explore what music means to us today through a historic lens, incorporating multiple voices and interactive mediums to weave a narrative about Ontario’s musical heritage that is relevant to multiple cultures, communities, and perspectives.