Meet Canadian history “face-to-face” with new groundbreaking permanent exhibition

November 1, 2006

Meet Canadian history “face-to-face” with new groundbreaking permanent exhibition

Gatineau, Quebec, November 1, 2006 — The Canadian Museum of Civilization will open Canada’s first large-scale biography-based exhibition hall next summer. Through the compelling life stories of historically-significant men and women, this new permanent exhibition, called “Face to Face: The Canadian Personalities Hall,” will provide visitors with a glimpse into centuries of Canadian history. The exhibition opens on Friday, June 29, 2007.

“This new exhibition will be about people who made history,” said Dr. Victor Rabinovitch, President and CEO of the Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation. “It will explore the successes, failures, dreams, convictions, hopes and fears that moved people into action, ultimately creating the decisions that shaped this country. Face to Face is one of the rare exhibitions to put a truly personal face on Canadian history.”

Face to Face: The Canadian Personalities Hall, the Museum’s final permanent exhibition hall, will profile the country’s history on a human and intimate scale. The exhibition will introduce 27 personalities through five sections: We Built, We Governed, We Fought, We Founded and We Inspired. Artifacts, recordings, photographs and first-hand accounts combine to create personal portraits of many people — some famous, some not — who have left a mark on Canadian history. Featured individuals will be presented realistically within the context of their time and place. They will be seen as individuals with public and private lives, vices and virtues.

The Museum will reveal who is featured in this exhibition shortly before next summer’s opening. Face to Face will be renewed on a regular basis, as other personalities take their place within the exhibition. From the day the exhibition hall opens, visitors will also be encouraged to suggest additional names for inclusion, along with an explanation of why that person is important to the story of Canada. More information is available online, at

Face to Face: The Canadian Personalities Hall will be featured on Level 4 of the Museum, starting Friday, June 29, 2007.

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Canadian Museum of Civilization
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Canadian Museum of Civilization
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