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Temporary Exhibitions

With a variety of temporary exhibits on display throughout the year, there is always something new to see at the Sam Waller Museum. Hosting five to six temporary exhibits annually, our Susan MacCharles Gallery is the place in The Pas to see museum and visual arts displays. We host an annual local art show, student art show, in-house museum exhibits, and a variety of traveling exhibits from museums in other parts of the province and the country. We also partner with the local The Pas Arts Council to bring a stunning range of visual arts exhibits to the community.

  • Terry Fox Running to the Heart of Canada - ON NOW!

    The story of a hero, presented at
    the Sam Waller Museum

    The Pas, M.B., October 6, 2017 — The Sam Waller Museum is pleased to present a travelling exhibition about Terry Fox’s heroic Marathon of Hope and his remarkable and continuing legacy.

    Terry Fox – Running to the Heart of Canada provides a look at Terry’s epic 143-day, 3,339-mile (5,373-kilometre) journey from St. John’s, Newfoundland, to Thunder Bay, Ontario. It explores Canadians’ deep and abiding affection for Terry and examines his unique place in our collective memory. 

    Developed by the Canadian Museum of History in partnership with Terry Fox’s family, the exhibition begins with the impact of Terry Fox on modern Canadian life — the numerous schools, community centres and features of the landscape named for him, the Canadian coins, stamps and passports bearing his image. The question is posed, “Who was Terry Fox?” The rest of the exhibition is the answer.

    The story of the Marathon of Hope is told through maps and a wealth of contemporary photographs and newspaper imagery. The presentation includes sections showing a day in the life of the run, Terry’s Marathon of Hope T-shirts, cards and letters sent by Canadians, the heartbreaking end of the Marathon, and the thrilling story of Terry Fox’s ongoing legacy.

    “Terry Fox has struck a chord in Canada’s soul. It reverberates still,” said Mark O’Neill, President and CEO of the Canadian Museum of History. “The Museum of History — working in partnership with the family of Terry Fox and the Terry Fox Centre — is pleased to present a unique and intimate account of Terry’s odyssey and legacy, and to share it with visitors across the country.”

    “During the Marathon of Hope and the months that followed, Canadians filled our home in Port Coquitlam, B.C., with scrapbooks, written tributes and gifts reflecting a collective compassion and admiration for Terry's unselfish act,” said Darrell Fox, Terry’s brother. “More than 35 years later, it is time to share the Terry Fox collection and the compelling story that the memorabilia evoke with the world."

    The Marathon of Hope began with little fanfare on April 12, 1980, when Terry dipped his prosthetic leg into the Atlantic Ocean at St. John’s and began his grueling marathon-a-day cross-country run to raise money for cancer research. His determination, courage and integrity soon drew the attention — and won the hearts — of Canadians from coast to coast to coast. His journey ended near Thunder Bay, when the cancer that had claimed his leg returned, forcing Terry to abandon the project. He died a national hero in June 1981, aged 22, having collected some $24 million — achieving his goal of raising $1 from every Canadian. To date, over $700 million has been raised in his name for cancer research.

    Terry Fox – Running to the Heart of Canada is being presented at the Sam Waller Museum from October 6, 2017 to December 31, 2017. This exhibition is organized by the Canadian Museum of History in partnership with the Terry Fox Centre.

    This exhibition is the travelling version of the main exhibition Terry Fox – Running to the Heart of Canada which was presented at the Canadian Museum of History, Gatineau, Quebec, from April 2, 2015 to January 24, 2016.

    Located on the shores of the Ottawa River in Gatineau, Quebec, the Canadian Museum of History is Canada’s largest and most popular cultural institution, attracting over 1.2 million visitors each year. The Museum’s principal role is to enhance Canadians’ knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the events, experiences, people and objects that have shaped Canada’s history and identity, as well as to enhance Canadians’ awareness of world history and culture.


Programs & Events

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  • Paint Night The Pas - Let Your Inner Artist Out

    Paint Night The Pas - Let Your Inner Artist Out

    Thursday, November 30, 2017

    Wescana Bar - 439 Fischer Avenue

    7:00 - 9:00p.m.

    Cost: $50 per person or $45 for Museum members

    For more information or to register, please call Sharain at 204-623-3802 or email at samwallermuseum@mts.net

    Sponsored by: The Pas Arts Council, Wescana Inn, The Pas Community Renewal Corporation and the Sam Waller Museum