Canadian Museum of History Celebrates First Anniversary of Canadian History Hall

June 27, 2018


For immediate release

Gatineau, Quebec, June 27, 2018 — The Canadian Museum of History is celebrating the success of its Canadian History Hall as the ground-breaking and award-winning exhibition marks its first anniversary. Close to half a million people have visited the Hall since its official opening on July 1, 2017, and their reaction has been overwhelmingly positive.

The Canadian History Hall is the largest, most comprehensive and inclusive exhibition ever created about Canada’s history, from the dawn of human habitation to the present day. Featuring compelling human stories and over 1,500 outstanding artifacts, the Hall illuminates our past and gives visitors a deeper understanding of how we became the country and people we are today.

“Reaction to the Canadian History Hall has been extremely gratifying,” said Mark O’Neill, President and CEO of the Canadian Museum of History. “The attendance figures are impressive, and visitors are telling us that they are coming away with a much greater appreciation for Canada’s history in all its richness and complexity.”

Over 90 percent of visitors say the exhibition met or exceeded their expectations, according to an exit survey by an independent consulting firm. Visitors have referred to the Hall as “enlightening,” “spectacular,” “inspiring,” “an honest look at the darker parts of our history” and an exhibition “every Canadian should visit.” The exhibition’s innovative design is often singled out for praise and has already been honoured by the International Design and Communication Awards, based in Los Angeles.

On July 1, 2018, the Museum will celebrate the first anniversary of its new signature gallery with a party, featuring cupcakes, activities, entertainment, crafts and more. Join the party and take advantage of free admission from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and be the first to see the world premiere of Canada C3 – Coast to Coast to Coast, an inspiring film that retraces the historic expedition from Toronto to Victoria through the Northwest Passage. And don’t miss this summer’s blockbuster exhibitions: Medieval Europe – Power and Splendour and Death in the Ice – The Mystery of the Franklin Exhibition.

To learn more about the Hall and Canada’s rich and diverse history, check out the virtual tour at or follow the Museum on Twitter and Facebook.

In partnership with Canada Day, the Museum of History is very proud to offer a fun-filled day of activities. For more information about all Canada Day activities in the National Capital Region, visit

Located on the shores of the Ottawa River in Gatineau, Quebec, the Canadian Museum of History welcomes over 1.2 million visitors each year. The Museum’s principal role is to enhance Canadians’ knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the events, experiences, people and objects that have shaped Canada’s history and identity, as well as to enhance Canadians’ awareness of world history and culture. Work of the Canadian Museum of History is made possible in part through financial support of the Government of Canada.

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