Honouring the first peoples
Overlooking the Ottawa River and boasting a spectacular view of the Parliament Buildings, the Canadian Museum of History – the most popular museum in Canada – gives pride of place to the First Peoples, along with a virtual exhibition you can explore even before your visit!
As soon as you step into the six-storey-high Grand Hall, you can’t miss the world’s largest indoor Totem Pole Collection! It’s a fabulous introduction to the history, culture and beliefs of the First Peoples of Canada’s Pacific Coast.
Then, in the First Peoples of the Northwest Coast exhibition,learn more about this culture that is firmly rooted in history, but continues to thrive and evolve in the 21st century.
The First Peoples Hall presents the rich history, connection with the Earth, and diversity, ingenuity and determination of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit, and their ongoing contribution to Canada and the world.
You can prepare for your visit by exploring the The First Peoples of Canada virtual exhibition on the Museum website. It’s another captivating way to learn about the history of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples from coast to coast to coast.
Opening July 1, 2017, the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Museum will present the all-new Canadian History Hall exhibition. In the meantime, the Grand Hall, First Peoples Hall, Canadian Children’s Museum, Ciné + and special exhibitions all remain open.
Designed by Native Canadian architect Douglas Cardinal, the Museum building is recognized as one of the architectural masterpieces of the 20th century. Come admire its beautiful lines and spaces!