The Canadian Museum of History is in the process of a makeover, which started with a name change from its former title as the Museum of Civilization. Its permanent exhibits known as Canada Hall are being redone in time for Canada Day, while areas such as the First Nations halls and special exhibits continue to be open. It was a bleak afternoon when I came over, with snow falling heavily. A Christmas tree was lit up where the fountain is located, and the view across the river to Parliament Hill was ghostly.
This is a plaster version for a bronze sculpture by the Haida artist Bill Reid, titled Chief Of The Undersea World. It is placed on the level above the main entrance, and I photographed it before I left. It depicts a killer whale breaching the surface.
The corridor featuring the special exhibits passes by the Grand Hall to the left, visible through a translucent screen. The Alexandra Bridge can be seen out there amid the snow.
Tomorrow we'll start looking at one of the exhibits that drew me over to the Museum, which was in its final days. I can tell you that I enjoyed it, and that on more than one occasion, I thought that I'd have liked to have Virginia along, given her yearly visits to Paris.