Friday, October 2, 2020

Paying A Return Visit To The Museum Of History

 In September I paid a couple of visits to the Canadian Museum of History; the second was because my camera batteries died out near the end of the first visit and I wanted to get some additional shots in. So for the next little while I'll be showing you material from both visits, in rough order of where it all belongs. The Museum is in Gatineau, across the Ottawa River from Parliament Hill, and I approached from the west, coming across this secondary entrance into the exhibit wing.

Here we have the curatorial wing, as seen from between both wings. The architect is Canadian First Nations architect Douglas Cardinal, who lives in the area and uses curvature in his buildings, an influence of his heritage. This museum is considered his masterpiece, but he has buildings in various places around the world.

And turning, we see the exhibit wing again.

Here we have the main entrance of the exhibit wing. You might remember that during the Tulip Festival, there were tulips in the bed in the foreground. They were replaced by other plants.

A look between the two wings shows Parliament Hill and the Chateau Laurier across the river.

One more look at the curatorial wing, and then I went inside.

At present because of Covid, there are areas of the Museum that are closed off- the Children's Museum,  an area of First Nations artifacts, and no temporary exhibits at the present time. One does need to book ahead, as there's also limited access. In addition, interactive items like video displays have been removed. But much of the Museum was accessible, and the first stop for a visit is the Grand Hall, filled with totem poles from the Pacific Coast First Nations. We pick up from here tomorrow.


  1. It's a beautiful building with those curves.

  2. Hello,
    I love the shape of this museum, beautiful.
    Take care, enjoy your day! Have a happy weekend!

  3. You feel drawn to the building even before you go inside.

  4. The Museum is a wonderful piece of architecture William, love the curves 💛

  5. Great photos of the architecture! What a lovely building.

  6. ...a history museum is always a wonderful destination.

  7. this museum has lots for us to learn about our country.

  8. That is quite an attractive building.

  9. @Lady Fi: they are indeed.

    @Karl: very much so.

    @Jan: it certainly is.

    @Eileen: thank you.

    @David: you do, yes.

    @Francisco: thanks!

    @Grace: I do too.

    @RedPat: me too.

    @Barbara: that it is.

    @Tom: it is, yes.

    @Red: it does.

    @Marie: thanks!

    @Sharon: I agree.

  10. The architecture of the museum is beautiful, I like all the curves!

  11. Very interesting buildings. I enjoyed seeing them from so many angles. :-)

  12. Interesting to know what they are doing.
    It is an amazing building!
    That must be tricky marrying the photos into chronological order. My brain is just a mess, so difficult to focus!

  13. Looks so much like the Native American Museum in Washington, D.C. that I wonder if they were designed by the same architect.

  14. This is really a large and very grand museum of history and when all areas are open, it would seem difficult to tour in a single visit. Always good to have lots of extra batteries for such tours, but there's never quite enough at times.

  15. A very impressive building indeed.

  16. Looks an amazing building.

    All the best Jan

  17. Quite the building ~ neat photos ^_^

    Live with love each moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  18. @Bill: I agree.

    @DJan: thanks!

    @Jennifer: it is quite a building.

    @Revrunner: it's the same architect.

    @Beatrice: it's a grand place.

    @Gemel: it is.

    @Jan: thank you.

    @Carol: thanks!

  19. William - the curved architecture is very attractive, inside and out!

  20. The architecture is quite beautiful for a modern building.