Free admission on Canada Day

June 22, 2006

Free admission on Canada Day at the Canadian Museum of Civilization – Open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on July 1!

Gatineau, Québec, June 22, 2006 — Come visit Canada’s largest and most popular cultural attraction on Canada Day, and celebrate the unique history and fascinating culture that have made our country what it is today. The Canada Hall, the First Peoples Hall and the Grand Hall are world-renowned permanent exhibitions so rich in information and appeal that one visit is not enough.

Special exhibitions this summer include:

PETRA: Lost City of Stone, which tells the story of a once-thriving metropolis located, improbably, in the forbidding desert canyons of southern Jordan. The city is most famous today for the monumental façades chiselled by hand into its towering sandstone cliffs. Some of those stone façades are more than 30 metres tall and feature soaring columns and other striking architectural details. Admission $5. Presented until January 2, 2007

Exhibition on the CMC’s 150-Year History, the Canadian Museum of Civilization is celebrating its 150th anniversary with a new exhibition chronicling the organization’s long and rich history. This exhibition on the CMC’s 150-year history features archival photographs, ancient artifacts and historic information that together recount the dramatic past of Canada’s most popular museum. Ongoing

Beads of Life: Eastern and Southern African Adornments examines the artistry, history and meaning of African beaded adornments, and features 185 objects from Canadian collections. Presented until September 10, 2006

Lace-up: Canada’s Passion for Skating is one of the first exhibitions dedicated to an activity that is deeply intertwined with our Canadian way of life. It also explores the history of how the three ice sports of figure skating, hockey and speed skating developed in Canada. Presented until March 4, 2007

A Caring Profession: Centuries of Nursing in Canada explores the history of vocational and professional nursing in Canada through hundreds of artifacts from stethoscopes to nursing uniforms, as well as vintage films and archival photos. Presented until July 30, 2006

In the Canadian Postal Museum, must-see exhibitions include Postage Stamps: Image of a Country, Collector’s Corner: Artpost, and many other ongoing exhibitions. Participate in fun-filled activities such as Special Delivery.

In addition to its permanent Passport to Adventure and its outdoor park, Adventure World, the Canadian Children’s Museum is featuring the special exhibition Growing up with the Berenstain Bears until September 10, 2005. The Studio is open for everyone to make a red and white hat to celebrate Canada Day! Design and build your own red and white boat, then test it in the pond or make a red and white kite at Art-rageous Adventure!

The Canadian Citizenship Ceremonies will be held at 9:30 on July 1st in the Grand Hall. The public is welcome to join in as 50 new Canadians take the Oath of Citizenship.

During the summer, from Thursdays through Saturdays, Dramamuse, the Museum’s resident theatre company, will be presenting an interactive theatre show, There She Blows, There She Goes.

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