Mission Control: Who Decides? A View from Canada

La Grande galerie du Musée canadien des civilisations, à Gatineau (Québec), by Claude Brochu

La Grande galerie du Musée canadien des civilisations, à Gatineau (Québec), by Claude Brochu

In October 2012, the Minister of Canadian Heritage made public a plan to transform the Canadian Museum of Civilization (CMC) – one of Canada’s most frequented, beloved, and internationally acclaimed museums. With a budget of $25 million Canadian, the Ministry of Canadian Heritage’s proposed transformations that include renaming the museum and changing its mission and main exhibits. This project, presented as a gift to Canadians and as a sign of the current government’s dedication to Canadian history, has been devised, in part, to commemorate and celebrate the upcoming 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation. In December 2013, the Canadian Parliament approved the Ministry of Canadian Heritage’s plan, giving assent to transform the CMC into the new Canadian Museum of History (CMH).
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