Immersive exhibition comes to town
Over two years in the making, February 25 marked the opening of the OASIS immersion attraction.
The inaugural exhibition is the multimedia Inspirations, a contact-free, feel-good experience featuring three immersive galleries, two light installations, and a lounge area with a café (currently closed) and a boutique. Intended for all, and recommended for children 10 and up, promoters describe it as a “warm-hearted, positive outlook on the issues shaping our world.” One of the largest of its kind in Canada, the walk through exhibition offers visitors an atmosphere of sound and lights, with 360-degree image projections throughout the three galleries, driven by 105 laser projectors and 119 surround sound speakers.
Quebec creativity is highlighted through the contributions of local talent and artists, including pianist Alexandra Stréliski, Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques, and YouTuber Émile Roy. Visitors can immerse themselves in the space universe of David Saint-Jacques, access the creative musical process of Stréliski, and be inspired by Roy’s outlook on resilience and through the past year.
Also included in the programming of this exhibition:
- a dive into hygge, the Danish wellness lifestyle
- a tour of seven of the world’s new architectural wonders
- a playful and poetic tribute to Québec creativity
“This exhibition is opening at a very unusual time, yet it could not be more relevant,” said Denys Lavigne, CEO, Creative Director and Cofounder of OASIS immersion. “We are one year into the COVID-19 pandemic in Québec, and the concept of an oasis takes on its full meaning, like a refreshing, comforting balm, especially since the experience is meant to be welcoming and forward-looking, with an inspiring outlook on our world. The exhibition is a journey that we hope will captivate and touch people of all ages.”
Located in a 2,000 m2 space on the ground floor of the Palais des congrès de Montréal, the permanent attraction is a project developed by local entrepreneurs including Denys Lavigne, Nicolas Lassonde, and Groupe Écorécréo, which operates several tourist sites in Montréal, including the Voile en voiles adventure park in the Old Port.
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Health and safety measures in place
The large space and design of the exhibition naturally enables social distancing and allows for a contact-free visit, in a well-ventilated space. For the safety of visitors and staff, OASIS immersion has health and safety measures in place that are in accordance with government directives. All visitors 10 years and older must wear a face mask at all times and floor markings and a one-way path will help visitors maintain two-metre social distancing.
Spring Break visits
During Spring Break only, the exhibition will run for 10 straight days, from February 25 to March 7, 2021. After March 7, the regular opening hours are Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The experience takes approximately 75 minutes; departures, with limited places available, every 20 minutes.
Dates and time slots must be reserved in advance. Ticket prices range from $19 to $25. Children 5 years old or younger have free access to the event when accompanied by an adult.
Warning: Some scenes with strong or flashing lights can affect photosensitive people.
OASIS immersion is located inside Palais des congrès de Montréal, near the Place d’Armes metro station. You can also take Buses 55 and 129.
The events main entrance is 1001 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle (corner of St. Antoine St., and place Jean-Paul-Riopelle.) There is underground parking available underneath Palais des congrès or street parking outside.
For more information, visit oasis.im/en/frequently-asked-questions/