Unfolding in stages over the next five years, the Canadian Museum of History will renovate half the permanent space in the museum to create the largest and most comprehensive museum exhibition on Canadian history ever developed. A new permanent hall, with a continuous span of 50,000 square feet, will house Canada’s national treasures and contain exhibitions that comprehensively and chronologically preserve the memories and experiences of the Canadian people. It will include a new, permanent exhibition space to present exhibitions originating from other museums across the country that help complete the national story. These new galleries will complement the existing Grand Hall and First Peoples Hall, which display the remarkable history of Canada’s First Peoples and highlight the wealth of their modern-day contributions.
Canada’s history—from the fur trade to the Northwest Rebellion to Confederation, through two world wars and the Quiet Revolution, to Canada in the world—will come to life. Authentic and artifact-rich, the Canadian Museum of History will bring individuals into direct contact with the touchstones of our history: Champlain’s Astrolabe, the Last Spike, historical portraits, artifacts of our nation’s founders, ‘relics’ of our national sports and athletic accomplishments.