The Canadian Museum of History is Now Official!
The Canadian Museum of Civilization, Canada’s national museum of human history, welcomes a new era in its own long and storied history following the recent enactment of federal legislation transforming the Museum into the Canadian Museum of History.
The centrepiece of the Canadian Museum of History will be the new Canadian History Hall. The content of the new Hall is being developed by a team of Museum historians, archaeologists, cultural specialists and museological experts, with input from six expert advisory committees as well as from the results of last year’s Public Engagement Project, in which you were an active participant.
The Canadian History Hall is the largest and most ambitious project the Museum has undertaken since the 1989 opening of our current home. Dedicated to the topic of Canadian history, the new Hall will convey to all Canadians — and to the world — the story of Canada, from the end of the last Ice Age to the present day. It will open on July 1, 2017, the 150th anniversary of Confederation.
To allow for the creation of the new Canadian History Hall, Face to Face: The Canadian Personalities Hall will close on February 2, 2014, and the Canada Hall will close in September 2014. The Grand Hall, the First Peoples Hall, the Canadian Children’s Museum, the IMAX® Theatre and our special exhibitions will remain open. The Museum will continue to present high quality programs and activities for visitors, and will continue to present major international exhibitions. From June 5 to October 12, 2015, for example, the Museum will present The Greeks – From Agamemnon to Alexander the Great, the most comprehensive exhibition on Ancient Greece to tour North America in a generation. We are committed to continuing to offer a high quality visitor experience throughout the transition period.
Regular updates on the development of the Canadian History Hall will be posted on the New Museum News website . You can also follow the development of the Canadian Museum of History by subscribing to our Inside History newsletter, from our Facebook site or from our Twitter feed.