The Museum of History has roots that date back into the mid-19th century and the Geological Survey of Canada. Its present location on the Gatineau shore of the Ottawa River dates back to the late 1980s; the museum was designed by architect Douglas Cardinal. At present the permanent exhibit hall is undergoing extensive remodeling (while scholars are concerned at the level of interference coming from the narrow minded Tory government). That said, the museum still has temporary exhibits and much of the First Nations galleries open. An exhibit on ancient Greece is one such exhibit, and Durham Cathedral in Britain has dispatched its copies of the Magna Carta and Forest Charter for a special exhibit. Though I can't read Latin, the penmanship of both documents is precise.
The Grand Hall in the Museum is filled with totem poles and First Nations art.
This includes Bill Reid's Spirit Of Haida Gwaii. This is a plaster copy of the sculpture. One in bronze can be found at the Canadian embassy in Washington, while another can be found in Vancouver at the airport. A small detail of one of the figures can be found in an upcoming post from my Doors Open wanderings.