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The Exhibits

Exhibit Development

The new museum is vital to the care of this world-class collection and the realization of all that it can inspire. A collection of this calibre deserves the very best possible home – to preserve, promote and protect, and to foster skills and traditions for generations to come.

At the core of the new museum will be the Exhibition Galleries and Collection Centre – spaces totalling 40,000 square feet. For the first time, the entire collection will be on site and accessible as part of the visitor experience.

 

    • Exhibition Galleries – Approximately 20,000 square feet of Class A (curatorial standard) exhibit space expected to feature thematic exhibition zones.
    • Collection Centre – Approximately 20,000 square feet of Class A (curatorial standard) open storage space, featuring more than 500 full-sized watercraft stored on individual mounts and arranged on racking systems, as well as small artifacts storage.

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity

Before us, is the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to design and develop exhibits for this collection of national scope and significance. This new suite of exhibits will determine how the stories the collection carries will be presented to all those who visit.

 

With this opportunity, we realize and accept our responsibility. We must, and we will honour the cultural histories and stories within the collection. Guided by the canoes in our collection, we will be reaching out across the country to consult, and to build relationships with Indigenous and non-Indigenous individuals and communities.

 

As we work to shape the exhibits for the new museum, we will create the conditions for collaboration, and the foundation for long-term relationships. These reciprocal relationships are the new beginnings that will chart the course for every facet of the museum’s future.

 

A critically important component of this work, we will be broadening and deepening our
collaborative relations with Indigenous Peoples.

Design & Build News

Canadian Canoe Museum announces purchase of Johnson Property

Canadian Canoe Museum announces purchase of Johnson Property

Marks significant milestone in advancing new museum buildThe Canadian Canoe Museum (CCM) and the City of Peterborough announced today the conditional purchase and sale of Johnson Property, the City-owned land at 2077 Ashburnham Drive in Peterborough, ON. City Council...

The Canadian Canoe Museum seeks leadership volunteers

The Canadian Canoe Museum seeks leadership volunteers

Background The Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, Ontario, stewards the world’s largest collection of canoes, kayaks and paddled watercraft. More than 600 in number and with a significant representation of Indigenous canoe cultures from across Canada and around...

Canadian Canoe Museum terminates lease with Parks Canada

Canadian Canoe Museum terminates lease with Parks Canada

Advances search for new museum build site  The Canadian Canoe Museum (CCM) announced today that it has terminated its lease agreement with Parks Canada for the land located alongside the Peterborough Lift Lock on the Trent-Severn Waterway at 353 Hunter Street East,...

A Canoe Community: Kitigan Zibi (Collaborative Relations Field Notes)

A Canoe Community: Kitigan Zibi (Collaborative Relations Field Notes)

By Jeremy Ward, Curator and Robin Binèsi Cavanagh, Director of Indigenous Peoples Collaborative RelationsOur Curator, Jeremy Ward, and our Director of Indigenous Peoples' Collaborative Relations, Robin Binèsi Cavanagh, have embarked on a cross-country tour...

A New Museum Progress Update | Fall 2019

A New Museum Progress Update | Fall 2019

2019 has been a busy year at The Canadian Canoe Museum. Our Board of Directors, staff, volunteers and our new museum project partners have been working hard to ensure that we are in the best possible position to share our one-of-a-kind...

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