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A Year of Anniversaries

Mafoya Dossoumon

In preparing for 2017, the Muse team decided that this issue of your beloved magazine should commemorate the 150th anniversary of Confederation. But we are not just celebrating Canada’s sesquicentennial. We are also throwing a party for CMA’s 70th anniversary. Anniversaries are occasions not to be wasted! To mark these momentous milestones, we bring you a special issue of the magazine. ... (Read more…)

John talks with...

Ry Moran

Director of the National Centre for Truth & Reconciliation in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Ry, a member of the Metis nation, was a director of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission (TRC). He recently was guest speaker at the Alberta Museums Conference. John met up with him in Ottawa to discuss the Canadian Museums Association’s response to the TRC Recommendations.
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An overview of visits to Canadian heritage institutions 

1. Number of visits

2. Attendance

3. What are they Visiting

4. Did you know...

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Chest belonging to
George-Étienne Cartier

This chest was used by George-Étienne Cartier when he travelled to London in Dec., 1866, as part of the delegation sent to prepare for the passage of the British North America Act by the British Parliament. The London Conference was the home stretch before Queen Victoria gave royal assent to Confederation...

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Explore 150 invites Canadians to discover thousands of sites across the country

As we get closer to Canada’s sesquicentennial, TakingITGlobal launches Explore150 (, an online platform that sets out to collectively map out over 25,000 Canadian sites of natural, cultural and historical significance across the country. Supported by the Ministry of Canadian Heritage, the Canada 150 Signature Initiative hopes to inspire communities to discover and celebrate their connection to the places most significant to them by collectively creating a digital time capsule for 2017. Users can interact with sites by adding them to their bucket list, checking-in on the app, answering trivia questions, sharing snapshots and composing guestbook entries. (Read more…)


A Confederation We Can See and Touch

Christopher Moore

When a birthday comes around, mostly we don’t spend time pondering that actual, long-ago day of birth. We just take the opportunity to get the friends together and party. The 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017 is shaping up like that. The official plan gestures at “connect[ing] with our past,” but mostly Canada150 is about 2017, not 1867. Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly has described the themes of the anniversary as “diversity and inclusion, ....
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Musée Bytown Museum: A Century of Community

Robin Etherington

MUSÉE BYTOWN MUSEUM is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2017. An amazing accomplishment and milestone for a museum anywhere in the world! It proudly serves its community, the City of Ottawa, as it has for a hundred years. Its services are enjoyed throughout Ontario and across Canada. Due to its digitization efforts and a new responsive website, the museum’s collections and programming are globally accessible. The museum has witnessed three centuries ...
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Broadening History’s Horizons:
The New Canadian History Hal

The coming year will be a milestone year for Canada. Major anniversaries are all about people joining together to commemorate something that is meaningful to them all. Throughout 2017, we will be marking the 150th anniversary of Confederation and the founding of what was then the Dominion of Canada. The sesquicentennial will be a major milestone for Canada, and the Canadian Museum of History is proud to be building one of the legacy gifts that will be shared with all Canadians on July 1, 2017: the Canadian History Hall.... (Read More...)