Canadian Museum of Civilization
26 mars 2012
Canada’s largest and most popular museum, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, welcomes over
1.2 million visitors each year. Built on the western bank of the Ottawa River, in Gatineau, Quebec, the Museum offers a spectacular view of Canada’s Parliament Buildings on the opposite bank, in Ottawa. This magnificent museum is a must-see destination for Canadian and foreign visitors.
The Museum of Civilization’s architecture illustrates the evolution of the continent and its shapes sculpted by wind, rivers and glaciers. Thus, four natural components are represented in abstract form in the museum: the Canadian Shield, the glaciers, the rivers shaped by melting glaciers and theGreat Plainsleft by the glaciers’ retreat.
The Museum of Civilizations is home to nearly three million artefacts. History is presented amid life-size scenery through permanent exhibitions.
These include the majestic Grand Hall, which showcases the largest indoor collection of totem poles in the world, the First Peoples Hall, dedicated to the history and achievements of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples, and the highly-popular Canada Hall, which presents 1,000 years of Canada’s social history.
For young children, the Canadian Children's Museum is the ideal place to discover international cultures by taking a trip around the world in an interactive, hands-on setting.
Other hot spots are the Canadian Postal Museum, which retraces the history of communications in Canada, and the IMAX® Theatre, offering visitors the unique experience of seeing an IMAX® 3D film on the largest screen in cinematography history. The IMAX® Theatre is the only cinema in North America projecting 3D films on an IMAX® screen and 2D films on a dome. The Theatre shows a variety of touching and inspiring films on history, culture, exploration and nature.
The Museum of Civilization invites you to discover Canadian and foreign history through its numerous internationally acclaimed exhibitions. From May 18 to October 28, 2012, the Museum will hold the landmark exhibition MAYA: Secrets of their Ancient World. This exhibition unveils the many secrets and mysteries surrounding the Mayan people, taking you to the heart of a great Maya city once accessible only to the ruling elite. Some 250 objects often associated with Mayan temples and palaces will be featured, including sculptures, ceramics, masks and other priceless works.
TheMuseum of Civilization has a cafeteria, a beautiful riverside terrace and a boutique. The new Bistro Boréal, its décor evocative of the Northern Lights, features dishes made from Canadian ingredients.
The Canadian Museum of Civilization offers a unique and rewarding experience for all! For more information on our programs and activities, visit our website at www.civilization.ca.
100, rue Laurier, Gatineau (Québec)
1 800 555.5621