Two exhibitions from the Canadian Museum of History win awards

October 29, 2019


For immediate release

Gatineau, Quebec, October 29, 2019 — The Canadian Museum of History is the proud recipient of two In-House Design Awards from the Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD), a biannual awards program that acknowledges the work done by creative teams in companies, associations, government and other institutions in Canada and around the world.

The Museum of History is selected for the Awards of Merit for the design of two exhibitions: Neanderthal, on view until January 26, 2020, and Death in the Ice – The Mystery of the Franklin Expedition, which was presented at the Museum from March to September 2018.

“The Museum is very proud to be the recipient of these awards,” said Mark O’Neill, President and CEO of the Canadian Museum of History. “An important part of what makes our exhibitions unique and memorable is the creativity and vision of our design team, so I’m very pleased to see their work publicly recognized through these important awards.”

The Neanderthal exhibition was designed to correct misconceptions about Neanderthals. By using a more playful approach involving geometric graphics and a multitude of colour accents, the design clarifies the relationship between myths and facts. The design of the Death in the Ice exhibition was intended to capture various environments of the Franklin Expedition, which is considered one of the greatest mysteries of the modern era, ranging from the vast Arctic to Victorian London to forensic labs to underwater shipwrecks.

The In-House Design Awards were created in 2016 by the RGD’s Board of Directors to recognize in-house creative teams that work in Canada and around the world. The Museum of History received the awards, and was featured in an exhibit of the winning work, at DesignThinkers — Canada’s premier conference for visual communicators. The conference was held in Toronto on October 24 and 25.

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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