Saturday, January 4, 2020

Visiting The Museum Of History In The Winter

In December I crossed the Alexandra Bridge into Gatineau, to visit the Canadian Museum of History, formerly the Museum of Civilization. The ice on the Ottawa River was taking shape. The two wings of the museum are seen on the shoreline.

Here we see the entrance of the exhibit wing.

While here is the curatorial wing. The current museum was designed by the First Nations architect Douglas Cardinal, who lives in the area. His style with its sweeping curves can be seen in other examples of his architecture, large or small, and this museum is his signature accomplishment.

Between the two wings is a staircase and a view across to Parliament Hill on the Ottawa shore.

Inside, I paused to photograph the Grand Hall with its collection of totem poles.

One last view outside at the curatorial wing. In the distance, beyond the bridge, landmarks like Nepean Point and the National Gallery can be glimpsed. Tomorrow we start looking at the temporary exhibit which was my primary reason for coming over.


  1. I rather like the architecture of the museum, though I can't help but try to imagine the conversation between the architect and the bricklayer as he tries to persuade him that wiggly walls are just what is required.

  2. Ottawa is blessed with a wide range of museums and other cultural opportunities.

  3. I think I can safely say that there will be no ice here today.

  4. You still have real winters I see, here we have hardly any ice or snow anymore...

  5. Hello, it is a beautiful museum. I love the totem and view of the river. Enjoy your day, have a great weekend.

  6. Cool architecture! As in awesome, cool you have it there as well... Rain here :-)

  7. I love the exterior of that museum.

  8. ...I like all the curves lines!

  9. It's a very interesting place, and the curves are perfectly done.

  10. I Agree With All The Above, Dig Those Curvy Styles - Enjoy The Weekend


  11. The curves of the building design remind me of totem poles.

  12. The architecture is eyecatching.

  13. @John: I can see that.

    @David: that is true.

    @Revrunner: plenty in my hometown.

    @Marianne: where I am today there is a dusting.

    @Eileen: thank you.

    @Karl: definitely.

    @Iris: snow here in the night.

    @Marie: so do I.

    @Anvilcloud: it is.

    @Tom: I do too.

    @Francisco: thanks.

    @DJan: indeed.

    @Padre: thank you.

    @Maywyn: me too.

    @Marleen: very much so.

  14. A beautifully shaped angle. What nice photos.

  15. I hope that I get to see it one day! Have to come up to Ottawa to see all of the things you show us.

  16. where is every one ... it is so quiet looking. maybe they should serve some hot cocoa with marshmallows? happy weekend!! ( ;

  17. I love the architecture of that museum.

  18. Beautiful photos of nice looking building and snow covered ground!
    I like the view of the Grand Hall.

  19. All is lovely, including, I suppose, the snow.

  20. Canada has lovely museums and your wintry photos are lovely ~

    Happy Moments to You,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  21. @Jeanie: thank you.

    @RedPat: you should.

    @Beth: there were other visitors of course, but I tend to try to avoid photographing other people when possible.

    @Jan: I do as well.

    @Tamago: I do too.

    @Joanne: very much so!

    @Kay: thank you.

    @Linda: most definitely.

    @Carol: thank you!

  22. Very good architecture, love the curves.

    All the best Jan