The following was submitted by St. Matthias community member Jenn Craig to reflect on her experience at the museum as she anticipates another trip in the Spring.
The St. Matthias community and some great new friends enjoyed an outing last spring that still lingers in my memory. And not just because I may well have been the youngest person participating either! One of our clan organized a bus trip to enjoy the newly opened Aga Khan Museum in Toronto. Their exhibition at the time was “The Last Dhow” which was a special experience to peruse. We also got to tour the equally new Ismaili Centre on another part of the property that day.
Being able to tour such an amazing and vast collection was an honour. I always enjoy an opportunity to explore another faith or belief. Discovering the extensive history of the Aga Khan and learning more about some of the details and meanings in the Muslim faith was very enlightening. Spending time with friends and meeting new ones is always a gift. Learning and expanding our understanding of this great and wonderful world of ours is an amazing opportunity.
Our guides were Muslim individuals who proudly volunteer at the museum and/or the centre as a part of their service to their faith. Each one of them not only provided detailed descriptions to his or her group but also shared personal tidbits too. The layout of the display take you through the eras and the countries of the world. At the beginning of the tour there is a very neat electronic tribute to the historical relevance of the designs and colours used by the different civilizations (top right picture of collage). It is an unending display. The artifacts have been photographed and it is constantly evolving as each piece or design appears. The ‘cursor’ (for lack of a better word) never stops, simply moving from one screen to the next or from one piece to another. This is to demonstrate the fluidity of the designs.
I enjoyed a vacation day to attend, many others were retired and some had flexible work schedules to be able to join us. There were a variety of people from Guelph; some from church communities and others were friends from the general community. I am excited that another trip is in the planning stages for Spring 2016. Just one more reason to survive the winter and make it to Spring!!!
We’ll be making updates on our Facebook page and through our weekly communication emails regarding the details of our next trip. Feel free to let us know through Facebook or in the comments below if you would be interested in a day trip to experience something new and learn from a museum or any other interesting locations along the trail.
Assorted pictures from the trip.