Pop into the Museum during the Canadian Tulip Festival and see the strange objects people have used as trade and investment items over the last few thousand years. It’s not all madness.
May 11–21, weekdays, 10:00 to 17:00
Com"ODDITY": A Historical Spin on “The Price is Right”
How many cowry shells does it take to buy a chicken? How much salt does that tomato cost? Come on down to the Museum and test your historic currency knowledge in a guessing game that features some bizarre currency and surprising purchases. Participants will receive a tulip bulb—a 10,000 florin value (in 1637, that is)!
The Colour of Money
Everyone likes to colour, but really, this one is for the kids. Pick up some colouring pages and crayons at the front counter and then go in search of the featured coins. They’re all from Tulip Friendship Countries. Find the coins and colour them in on paper.
Fold Like a Pro
Tulips last only a few weeks, but paper ones can last forever. Stop by our do-it-yourself origami tulip table. If folding your own origami tulip is a bit of a challenge, let one of our guides give you a micro workshop. You’ll be folding tulips like a pro in no time. Later, unfold a few origami bank notes on our big video touch wall.
May 12–13 and May 19–21
I Can’t Believe It’s Currency
French tour: 11:00 and English tour: 14:00
Enjoy a 40-minute guided tour highlighting some of the strangest money you’ll ever encounter. Beads, salt, tea and, of course, tulip bulbs are just a few examples of the items people have used to trade, invest and purchase in the last few thousand years. The tour includes some hands on encounters with reproduction artifacts.
Origami with a Pro
English presentation: 11:00 and French presentation: 14:00
Join the Tulip Festival’s featured artist, Monique Martin, for an origami workshop and presentation about tulip mania in the 1600s. Learn about this fascinating period of history, view some of Monique’s art, and make an origami tulip to take home!