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Honeymoon Suite or By-the-Week: Motel Culture in Niagara

May 17 – September 7, 2014

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Two exhibitions, at two institutions, exploring the past and present of motels and motel culture.  Both venues will explore different aspects of this cultural to examine the up’s and down’s of the industry and make the visitor think about their experiences and the current state of these buildings within our community. 
Visitors to the Niagara Falls History Museum (5810 Ferry Street, Niagara Falls) will be provided with a nostalgic, familiar and interactive experience with intimate stories that will resonate with visitors.  Explore our galleries that will have artefacts from the motel history of Niagara, dress up in 1950s clothing that reflects the motel building boom and the car culture of North America, and explore the current architecture that has been left behind from this vital part of our tourism history.

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Four postcards of Niagara Falls Motels

The Niagara Artists Centre (354 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines) component will explore the current state of motels with artist installations by Oliver Pauk and Zach Slootsky.  
The NAC component of this exhibition runs June 21st to September 20th

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Niagara Falls History Museum portion runs May 17 – September 7, 2014