Canada Hall: A Thousand Years of Canada’s History and Culture

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My favourite permanent exhibition at the Canadian Museum of History is the “Canada Hall”. Beneath the 17 metre-high domed ceiling, you stroll through life-sized exhibits recreating the memories and experiences of Canadian life from AD 1000 to 2000.

I didn’t know much about Canada when I first came here, and this museum taught me a lot. I still remember my first visit, back in 2002—I had found Canada’s history was fascinating and much richer than I would have expected, as a European, from a “new” country.

This exhibition manages to be fun, educational, creative and not tacky—quite a feat! If you ever visit the National Capital Region, I highly recommend it. This alone is worth the entry fee to the museum.

We ended our long visit by a walk through the First Peoples Hall that celebrates Canada’s First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, another side of this country that is equally as fascinating.

You can see all the Ottawa – Sum­mer pic­tures on Flickr.

Royal Coat of Arms of Canada

Royal Coat of Arms of Canada

Canada Hall

Canada Hall

New France: House of a Cooper

New France: House of a Cooper

New France: House of a Cooper

New France: House of a Cooper

Late 19th-century Classroom

Late 19th-century Classroom

First Peoples Hall

First Peoples Hall

Everyday Life in New France

Everyday Life in New France

Daily Life in Western Canada

Daily Life in Western Canada

From Rebellions to Confederation

From Rebellions to Confederation

Mark in Jail

Mark in Jail

Royal Visit Memorabilia

Royal Visit Memorabilia

King Wheat

King Wheat

King Wheat

Winnipeg Labor Temple

Winnipeg Labor Temple

Late 19th-century Classroom

Late 19th-century Classroom

Map of Canada

Map of Canada

IMAX... a Canadian Invention!

IMAX… a Canadian Invention!

First Peoples Hall

First Peoples Hall

First Peoples Hall

First Peoples Hall

First Peoples Hall

First Peoples Hall

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6 Comments

  1. Je n’arrive pas à croire que ce grand garçon à tes côtés c’est Mark !!!
    Merci pour la visite (notre musée national est… un peu… comment dire… nul ! Dommage car il y aurait tant à montrer et à dire aussi sur la civilisation africaine 🙁

  2. What a perfect idea for a permanent exhibition! What is better than showing people the history of their country, right? I think it’s suitable for everybody, whether he’s only visiting the country or he’s decided to live here. Thank you for sharing! I haven’t been there for a while so it’s good to see that it’s still there in all its reality and beauty.

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