The Museum Called Canada: 25 Rooms of Wonder

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Hold our history in your hands, with a spectacular virtual museum that is at once a sweeping exploration of Canadian history and culture, an indispensable reference guide and a remarkable treasury of information.

Welcome to a museum so vast and full of wonder that it could only be called Canada. Each of The Museum Called Canada’s 25 rooms houses carefully chosen exhibits that illuminate a significant historical theme. This majestic collection brings together high art and popular...

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Overview

Hold our history in your hands, with a spectacular virtual museum that is at once a sweeping exploration of Canadian history and culture, an indispensable reference guide and a remarkable treasury of information.

Welcome to a museum so vast and full of wonder that it could only be called Canada. Each of The Museum Called Canada’s 25 rooms houses carefully chosen exhibits that illuminate a significant historical theme. This majestic collection brings together high art and popular culture, science and nature, rare objects and whimsical ephemera. Here you will see the empty eye sockets of Tyrannosaurus Rex and be able to examine intricate and ethereal wood-carved angels built for Quebec’s Rideau Chapel. Exhibits span the breadth of our nation, from the Yuquot Whaler’s Shrine of Vancouver Island’s Nootka to an anti-Confederation poster from the controversially soon-to-be-province Newfoundland.

Your guide to the collection is historian and author Charlotte Gray. For each room in the museum, Gray has written a short essay that delves into the world of a particularly evocative artifact and its importance in the context of the room’s theme and time period.

The Museum Called Canada — with its expansive vision, its surprising juxtapositions, its visual feasts and intellectual explorations — is a beautiful and inspiring place that you will want to visit again and again.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679312208
  • Publisher: Random House of Canada, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/12/2004
  • Pages: 736
  • Product dimensions: 6.86 (w) x 9.07 (h) x 1.86 (d)

Meet the Author

The award-winning popular historian Charlotte Gray is the author of several bestselling books, including, most recently, Flint and Feather and Canada: A Portrait in Letters, 1800–2000. Gray lives in Ottawa, where she is an Adjunct Research Professor in the Department of History at Carelton University.

The Museum Called Canada was curated and produced by Otherwise Editions under the editorial and art direction of Sara Angel, creator of the bestsellers Canada: Our Century and Fights of Our Lives.

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Table of Contents

1 -- Entry Hall
2 -- Fossil Foyer: 2.1 billion years ago to 65 million years ago -- The oldest life form, the first land walker, a plant turned to glass, an Albertosaur
3 -- Hall of Ice: 80,000 years ago to 10,000 years ago -- Some melted glacier, a prairie lion, some Paleoindian stone points
4 -- First Peoples Room: 3,500 years ago to 1878 -- A Tsimshian mask, a Cree meteorite, a Mi'kmaq cooking pot, an Inuit road sign
5 -- First Contact Collection: 500 to 1300 -- A Viking cloak pin, the ghost of a nail, the "Bishop of Baffin Island"
6 -- Water Room: 1000 - 1693 -- A Basque harpoon, Cartier's account, Frobisher's peas, some Arctic ore
7 -- Salon de la Nouvelle France: 1603 to 1734 -- Champlain's foundations, an Iroquois war club, a seigneurial survey, the Great Peace
8 -- Atlantic Promenade: 1600 to 1850 -- Canada's first newspaper, a marsh horseshoe, a Ferryland cross, a gentleman's waistcoat
9 -- Trap Room: 1627 to 1893 -- A beaver-felt hat, a spring trap, Prince of Wales Fort, an amerindian snowshoe
10 -- Hall of Martyrs: 1636 to 1809 -- A cross of Lorraine, an iron-headed tomahawk, Brébeuf's skull
11 -- North-West Gallery: 1723 to 1809 -- An Ojibwa belt, a Haida amulet, Vancouver's chronometer, Thompson's desk
12 -- Generals' Collection: 1727 to 1780: Wolfe's snuffbox, Montcalm's armour, West's famous painting
13 -- Loyalist Lodge: 1755 to 1794 -- A slave from Montreal, young Enoch's drum, Ben Franklin's letter, a patriotic powder horn
14 -- Rebel Hall: 1810 to 1840 -- Brock's bloodstained uniform, Montreal money, a Patriote banner, maple leaves in stained glass
15 -- Confederation Gallery: 1845 to 1869 -- Fannie Parlee's quilt, John A's doodles, McGee's dead hand, Canada's Great Seal
16 -- Western Salon: 1817 to 1885 -- Lord Selkirk's treaty, a Métis sash, a Union Jack, Riel's putative coat
17 -- Lost & Found Collection: 1789 to 1909 -- An Inuit snowbeater, Sir John's rations, Admiral Peary's flag
18 -- Space & Time Arcade: 1820 to 1920 -- Logan's odometer, Bell's contraption, Smith's final nail, Fleming's time zones, a flyer's goggles
19 -- The Maple Leaf Lounge: 1830 to 1939 -- Some three-pence beavers, Bertie's trowel, Tom Thompson's palette, Etta Platt's Stampede dress
20 -- War Room: 1910 to 1948 -- A Ross rifle blueprint, a field service postcard, Private Brown's VC, Bethune in bed, a dummy paratrooper
21 -- Better Living Room: 1945 to 1959 -- A plastic chair, a can of Pablum, the Rocket's jersey, an iron lung
22 -- Global Village Square: 1942 to 2001 -- A door to the UN, some keys to Glenn Gould, a McLuhan massage, Randy Bachman's suit, Warhol's Gretzky
23 -- Centennial Pavilion: 1967 -- A Canada goose silver dollar, Snow's Walking Women, President de Gaulle's unclaimed gift
24 -- Rights Auditorium: 1960 to 1982 -- Diefenbaker's Bill, a terrorist mailbag, Pham's suitcase, PET's Charter
25 -- Earth & Sky Atrium: 1970 to 1997 -- What's left of a right whale, Marc Garneau's experiment, a tree-hugger's bullhorn, Ballard's battery
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