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Unexpected! Surprising Treasures From Library and Archives Canada

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Inside its massive vaults, Library and Archives Canada preserves many objects that you might not expect to find in their national collections. Discover some of them by visiting Unexpected! Surprising Treasures From Library and Archives Canada, presented at the Canadian Museum of History until November 26, 2023.

Unexpected! Surprising Treasures From Library and Archives Canada features a wide variety of national collection items, including maps, paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, rare books, classified documents, codebooks, diaries, and even a music score. Dare to look beneath the surface, and you will find that these remarkable artifacts have important stories to tell.

Focusing on three themes — wonders, secrets and mysteries — the exhibition reveals the remarkable stories behind a diverse selection of extraordinary artifacts in various media, from all regions and spanning four centuries of Canadian history.

Visit Unexpected! Surprising Treasures From Library and Archives Canada to learn what these unusual treasures can reveal about Canada’s past.

An exhibition developed in partnership between Library and Archives Canada and the Canadian Museum of History.