Apologies for the late post today- this is what I get for not doublechecking when posts are scheduled.
I came to the Museum of History over on the Gatineau side of the Ottawa River on Canada Day for awhile. The permanent exhibit area, Canada Hall, is currently undergoing a complete overhaul but will be finished for next year. The lines for the temporary exhibits were a bit too much for me, so I spent some time among the First Nations exhibits and the Great Hall. This is Spirit Of Haida Gwaii, by the artist Bill Reid, who counted the Haida among his family ties. This is one of three copies, and it's a plaster form. There are two bronze versions of the same size, at the airport in Vancouver and at the Canadian embassy in Washington.
I took this photo through the windows of the Great Hall at the Museum of History. It looks out towards the Ottawa River and the Alexandra Bridge. The wolf in the boat placed in the pool outside is also a work of art, as are the white sculptures beyond.
Nearby, this takes in the view towards Parliament Hill and the Chateau Laurier across the river.
A panel close to the Great Hall reproduces this painting by a British military engineer, Henry Pooley, who painted Entrance Of The Rideau Canal in 1833. The setting, with a First Nations encampment, is generally where the Museum stands today. The heights of what is today Nepean Point, Major's Hill, and Parliament Hill are recognizable, even if the city has changed.
Close by on the panel is a blending of Pooley's painting in the foreground and the current Ottawa skyline in the background.
This mural is by Norval Morrisseau, painted between 1979-84. I showed you another of his works in my National Gallery series, while this one is placed among the First Nations exhibits of the Museum of History.
This exterior view looks back at the Museum's exhibition wing, while the final shot looks out from an upper window onto the spot where I took the exterior photo.