Timeline: Canadian Museum of Civilization
The Canadian Museum of Civilization at night.
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With well over 150 years of continuous operation, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, now Canadian Museum of History, is older than Canada's confederation. Like the country itself, the museum has had lean years and good years.
The museum has undergone several name changes, reflecting changes in focus and expansion of its mandate. Its collection of more than 3 million artifacts constitutes the largest, most important holdings on Canadian society and material history.
Its evolution has been towards a broadening of scope and interests, beginning with a focus on Aboriginal societies, later expanding into research and exhibitions on the lives, communities and cultures of all peoples in Canada.
In recent years, the Museum has become a venue for presentations on world civilizations: their cultures, histories and intersections with Canada.
— Text by Victor Rabinovitch, former CEO of the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the War Museum for eleven years. He currently teaches public policy at Queens University.