A travelling exhibit will visit the Colchester Historeum for two months. A Taste of Science will run until April 19 and feature five modules dealing with food spoiling and preservation. Submitted photo

TRURO – Have you ever wondered what causes food to spoil? How about ways to keep it from spoiling?

The Colchester Historeum is bringing in an exhibit that’s perfect for families and teaches viewers the science behind food.

“A Taste of Science is an interactive exhibit with different modules on things such as PH levels, acidity, and oxygen and how it affects food,” said Margaret Mulrooney, the curator at the Colchester Historeum. “There are five different modules touching base on what causes food to spoil, and ways to keep them from spoiling.”
The exhibit will run until April 19. The travelling exhibit from Ingenium will feature a 45-minute presentation with the five modules. Presentation times are 10 and 11 a.m., as well as 1 p.m., Tuesdays to Fridays.

“This exhibit is different from what we normally do,” said Mulrooney. “We’re trying to have exhibits that will attract more schools and families. We’ve never had a travelling exhibit here before, and this one has an interactive element, with screens and things for kids to touch.”

Mulrooney first heard about the exhibit while attending the Canadian Museums Association conference. The local curator had been asked to do a presentation about project re-organization, and saw the travelling exhibit by Ingenium. Ingenium is a consortium of three museums in Ottawa – Agriculture and Food Museum, which developed A Taste of Science, Aviation and Space Museum, and Science and Technology Museum.

“Here at the historeum, we’re always thinking of different exhibits that will pull people in and fit our space,” said Mulrooney. “This was the perfect opportunity – it’s during the school year and over March Break so we can get a lot of kids through, which is our goal. We haven’t done much about science in the past, and this will appeal to a larger audience as well.”

The display will also feature photographs and artifacts from the historeum’s collection, demonstrating historic methods of food preservation used in Colchester County. There will be different activities for children to participate in as well

The exhibit is featured in both English and French, and Mulrooney said they’re hoping to book as many groups of visitors, up to 30 people, as possible. Admission is $3 per student.

For more information or to make a booking, contact the historeum at 902-895-6284 or curator@colchesterhistoreum.ca.

Other than the science exhibit, the historeum is hosting a photograph exhibit that will showcase photos the historeum has in which not all individuals have been identified, and the historeum is hoping to change that. The photos will also be featured on the historeum’s page on Facebook in an appeal to the community.