Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Canadian Museum of History, Gatineau, August

We spent a day at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, just over the river from Ottawa. Originally called the Museum of Civilization, the museum has a strong emphasis on the history of the First Nations. The 150th anniversary of Canadian confederation is in 2017 and one floor is being equipped for this event. We had seen much history of the First Nations at museums in Vancouver and Winnipeg, so some was repeated. However, much was new and very well done indeed.  An exhibition on the prehistory of the Tsishmian was exceptional. The lighting in the exhibit area is kept very low to protect the exhibits, so very few photographs. A full day is required for the museum. And when the Confederation exhibit opens, it will probably take two days. 

The Grand Hall with totem poles

The wolf and the boat. Based on a First Nations myth

Haida Gwai modern statue

The building is clad in Tyndall stone from Manitoba.

Flowing lines is meant to represent the Canadian landscape

Wild grasses

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