Year at a Glance

Chief Tessouat monument
Canadian War Museum
Symbol of the Government of Canada
Annual Report 2017–18
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History Hall

A new national narrative comes to life

Opened on

July 1, 2017

by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall

An impressive


visitors since opening day

A record amount, nearly

$9 million

was donated by generous supporters

“Every Canadian should visit!”

— TripAdvisor review

Donations of material and expertise by cultural communities from across the country made the project possible

Cutting-edge technologies bring Canadian history to life

Virtual visitors can now tour the Canadian History Hall online

Generously supported by the Rossy Family Foundation, the Catherine and Fredrik Eaton Charitable Foundation, and the W. Garfield Weston Foundation


100 Years Later

A suite of evocative tributes to honour Canadian troops

100 years after Canadians captured Vimy Ridge in one of the First World War’s most costly battles

An international impact: the outstanding art exhibition, Witness – Fields of Battle Through Canadian Eyes, welcomed thousands of visitors at the Musée des beaux-arts in Arras, France

The Museum’s Battle of Vimy Ridge module was reviewed and enhanced

Vimy – Beyond the Battle shed light on how and why we commemorate

Generously supported by

John and Elizabeth Irving

Official Partners of the First World War Centenary

HCol (Ret’d) John C. Eaton, O.Ont., K.St.J., D.Com. and
HCol (Ret’d) Sally Horsfall Eaton, S.S.St.J., C.D., R.N., LL.D.

John and Pattie Cleghorn and Family

R. Howard Webster Foundation


Captivating exhibitions give us cause to celebrate a great year and to look to the future with optimism


Visitors got the complete play-by-play on our national obsession, and traced the sport’s evolution through historic highlight reels, one-of-a-kind artifacts and interactive components.

Attendance 0150,308
(forecast: XXX)

Vimy – Beyond the Battle

This exhibition explored how and why Canadians commemorate by looking at private and collective memories of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

Attendance 0119,729
(forecast: XXX)

DreamWorks Animation:
The Exhibition

From the makers of Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and How To Train Your Dragon, came an extraordinary exhibition celebrating over 20 years of DreamWorks Animation.

Attendance 095,019
(forecast: XXX)

Travelling Exhibitions

This past year, 15 exhibitions travelled to 32 venues. All told, they were seen by 418,850 visitors in communities across the country, in Mexico and in France.

Canadian Museum of History

Canadian War Museum


It was an exceptional year, and the Museums attracted more visitors than ever

On-site attendance

2016–17 Result


1,739,000 Target


1,700,000 2017–18 Result



Donations and Acquisitions

4,311 donors gave $2,911,343 + artifacts valued at $2,053,153

= $4,964,496

We are extremely grateful for your generous support

Donors Across Canada and Abroad

30 nationally significant artifacts were acquired by the Museum

Three Victoria Cross medal sets, awarded to:

Major David Vivian Currie for his leadership in Normandy

Corporal Colin Fraser Barron for his heroism at Passchendaele

Lieutenant Harcus Strachan for his courage on the Western Front

One of Canada’s most acclaimed private collections of hockey artifacts

The Mike Wilson and Debra Thuet Ultimate Leafs Fan Collection

Rick Hansen’s glove from his Man In Motion World Tour

Now on display in the Canadian History Hall

Here’s to 2017–18

and to an exciting year ahead.

See the full report.