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A Weekend of Historic Celebrations at the Canadian Museum of History

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---June 22, 2017

The Canadian Museum of History is the perfect place to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation. And, to mark the occasion, Museum admission is free on July 1 and 2!

Starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 1, make history and be among the first to visit our new signature exhibition, the Canadian History Hall, the largest and most comprehensive exhibition on Canadian history ever developed. The Hall traces the history of Canada and its people over some 15,000 years, from the dawn of human habitation to the present day. Through authentic artifacts and compelling stories, the Hall invites visitors to explore the events, personalities and historical currents that have shaped, and continue to shape, this vast country. Offering a compelling new take on Canada’s national story, the Hall is one of the premier legacy projects marking the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Join us for its grand opening!

At 10:25 a.m., the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will mark the official opening of the Canadian History Hall with Canadians. Their Royal Highnesses will participate in the opening ceremony and then tour the Hall.

The event also includes multicultural performances, a whimsical parade, family activities, signature cupcakes and more. And if you are on Snapchat, don’t forget to use our geofilter in celebrating the grand opening of the Canadian History Hall with us!

The Canadian Museum of History is proud to be one of three official sites for Canada Day 2017 celebrations. From June 30 to July 2, the Museum will feature indoor and outdoor activities for all ages. An array of activities, including crafts, games, performances and inflatable structures, will be available for the entire family to enjoy! For more details, see Canada Day in the Capital Region.

And to finish off July 1 with a bang, do not miss the spectacular 20-minute pyromusical fireworks show that will set alight the Gatineau–­Ottawa sky beginning at 11 p.m. (weather permitting).

Please note that due to road closures on Canada Day, the Museum’s parking facility will be closed: public transportation is recommended. See Canada Day street closures for more information.

Celebrate the grand opening of the Canadian History Hall

Saturday, July 1, at 9 a.m.

Join the festivities! Take part in the colourful and dynamic opening ceremony and be among the first to visit our new signature exhibition, the Canadian History Hall.

If you cannot join us in person, follow the event on our website or via Facebook Live.

Celebrate Canada Day

June 30, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (outdoor activities continue until 10 p.m.)
July 1, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. (outdoor activities continue until midnight)
July 2, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (outdoor activities end at 6 p.m.)

Welcome to your history! Snap a selfie, upload it to Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #MyCountryMyHistory, and be part of our historic mosaic.

Horizon: A 360° Journey

Presented at CINÉ+ as of July 1

The film Horizon is a 360° cinematic journey into the heart of Canada, a visual spectacle that celebrates the people, landscapes and freedoms that make Canada home. Created and captured with revolutionary 360° technology, and featuring hundreds of performers from across the country, Horizon is a sensory and emotional experience for audiences of all ages. Horizon is SESQUI’s marquee hemispherical film.

The Canadian Museum of History is definitely the place to be during Canada Day weekend!

More information is available at historymuseum.ca, or by calling 819-776-7000 or

1-800-555-5621.