Get the inside scoop! Fascinating stories about the people and artifacts behind your national human history museum.
On its journey from Durham Cathedral in northwest England to the Canadian Museum of History, one of the world’s most important documents was protected inside a sealed glass case. The Durham Cathedral Magna Carta, made of fragile sheepskin parchment, had been in storage since 1300. It is now on public display at the Canadian Museum of History until July 26.
In 1954 at Native Point, Southampton Island, in what is now Nunavut, a Smithsonian archeologist excavates a partially exposed female skeleton with signs of severe trauma to the skull. Bullet holes, he decides. Sixty years later, a team of experts from the Canadian Museum of History and a laboratory in the United States use digital 3D technology to reveal the real cause of death.
A 1927 drawing of an unidentified woman wearing the coat of an Inuit shaman was an art dealer’s enigma — until records in the archives of the Canadian Museum of History revealed the story behind the portrait.
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Canadian Museum of History
100 Laurier Street
Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0M8
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