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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 37,000 square feet. For the first time, the entire collection will be on site and accessible as part of the visitor experience.

 

    • Exhibition Galleries – Approximately 17,000 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

Reflections On Our Journey To The East Coast

Reflections On Our Journey To The East Coast

Robin Cavanagh, Jeremy Ward, and Fred Metallic in Listuguj First Nation viewing where we were in relation to the Seven Traditional Districts of the Mi’gmaq By Robin Binèsi Cavanagh, Director of Indigenous Peoples Collaborative Relations A large part of my...

Government of Canada invests $10 million in the new museum project

Government of Canada invests $10 million in the new museum project

The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, announced today that the Government of Canada is investing $10 million to support the construction of the new museum. “It is an historic day, and on behalf of the entire canoe museum...

New Museum Progress Update

New Museum Progress Update

This week The Canadian Canoe Museum was given the opportunity to provide Peterborough City Council, sitting as Finance Committee, with a progress update on the new museum. Just over one year ago, Council made a $4 million commitment to the new museum. This incredible...

The new museum: A welcoming home for all our relations

The new museum: A welcoming home for all our relations

The following is an introductory blog written by Robin Binèsi Cavanagh, who has recently joined the museum in the new role of Director of Indigenous Peoples’ Collaborative Relations.  I did not understand the significance of my birthplace until my late twenties. I was...

Champions of The Canadian Canoe Museum join its National Council

Champions of The Canadian Canoe Museum join its National Council

 The Canadian Canoe Museum is pleased to introduce its National Council – a group of distinguished individuals who are champions of the work of the organization, past, present and future. These 32 individuals from across Canada and beyond, are lending their names in...

Building A Museum Upon Relationships

Building A Museum Upon Relationships

Nearly two decades ago, the fledgling Canadian Canoe Museum set out on a journey to develop 20,000 square feet of exhibits for nine, newly-created galleries within its renovated factory setting. Among the many remarkable people who were part of that team...

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