The Museum’s galleries and public spaces present a wide array of exhibitions on Canadian and world history. To optimize your visit, the Museum provides a full-colour Visitor Guide. Featuring the main galleries and optional tours of adjacent exhibition spaces, this brochure draws attention to points of interest against which to chart your progress through the Museum.
The galleries on Level 1 of the Museum present exhibitions relating principally to Canada’s First Peoples: their histories, cultural identities, artistic expressions and traditional and contemporary ways of life.
On Level 2 there are three galleries devoted to changing exhibitions. Some of these exhibitions are designed by the Canadian Museum of History; others are produced by Canadian as well as international institutions. The Canadian Children’s Museum and IMAX® Theatre are also found on this level.
On Level 3 the Canada Hall recreates sights and sounds from the country’s past, beginning with the arrival of Norse explorers. Reconstructed buildings and other historical settings are among the exhibits evoking a sense of different periods and different regions of the country.
Level 4 of the Museum is temporarily closed to allow for the creation of the new Canadian History Hall, which will open in 2017.
View the descriptions of our Travelling Exhibitions.