The Canadian Museum of History is on the shoreline of the Ottawa River in Gatineau, across the river from Parliament Hill. Formerly the Canadian Museum of Civilization, it presents the story of Canada's history in its permanent galleries, along with regular special exhibits. At present one of those is about Neanderthals, which just opened in the second half of May and runs through most of January 2020.
The museum was designed by First Nations architect Douglas Cardinal, and if you only visit one museum in the area, this should be it. Here we have a bed of tulips flowing alongside the bushes, with the curatorial wing in the background.
In this case I photographed a planter with tulips along the walkway.
Here we have migrating tulips in the bushes beyond the formal beds, no doubt a legacy of furry tailed gardeners.
Back to the amazing splash of colours in the formal beds.
I know there are flowerbeds up around the main entrance. Here we see the graceful curves of the curatorial wing on the left, and the exhibit building beyond it. Cardinal's architectural style takes its influences from his First Nations roots, and can be seen in other buildings he's done, including the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington. Cardinal lives in the Ottawa area, and to me, this is his masterpiece.
Here we have the tulips in the beds near the entrance.
There is a stairway leading down towards the shoreline that separates the two halves of the institution, and the gap allows for a view of Parliament Hill.