GATINEAU, QC, Dec. 13, 2013 /CNW/ - Canada's national museum of human
history welcomes a new era in its own long and storied history
following yesterday's enactment of federal legislation transforming the
Canadian Museum of Civilization into the Canadian Museum of History.
Under its revised mandate, the Museum will tell the story of Canada and
its people more comprehensively, inclusively and candidly than ever
before. It will do so by focusing greater attention on the people,
events and experiences that have shaped our country's development,
define the Canadian experience and underpin our national identity. The
Museum will also continue to present special exhibitions exploring
world history and cultures, and permanent exhibitions illuminating the
historical achievements and continuing contributions of Canada's First
"We welcome our new name and mandate with pride and enthusiasm," said
Mark O'Neill, President and CEO of the Canadian Museum of History. "We
begin this new chapter with the rich inheritance of the important work
of our predecessors; iconic buildings, outstanding staff, world-class
research and unrivalled artifact collections. The Museum looks forward
to broadening its focus on Canadian historical themes and telling this
country's remarkable story to audiences throughout Canada and around
"Working together, the Canadian Museum of History and the Canadian War
Museum will preserve and present the full sweep of Canada's history in
all its dimensions," said Bill Leach, Chair of the Board of Trustees of
the Canadian Museum of History, which includes both institutions. "This
is a vision long held by the Board, and we applaud Parliament for
making its achievement possible."
The Museum's signature gallery will be the Canada History Hall. Now
under development, it will be the largest, most comprehensive and
engaging exhibition on Canadian history ever produced. It is scheduled
to open in 2017 as Canadians celebrate the 150th anniversary of
The Canadian Museum of History has roots stretching back to 1856 when
the Province of Canada founded its first museum. The institution has
evolved continually since then, changing its name, location and focus
in keeping with changing resources, museological interests and public
The changes to the visual identity of the Museum will be implemented
over the coming months.
SOURCE: Canadian Museum of Civilization
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