The original Canada Hall had been a visitor favourite at the museum for 25 years before it was closed in September 2014. The previous year, GSM Project had been named as principal designer for the new project and given the task of presenting the museum’s impressive collection and telling Canada’s story in a way that visitors would find novel, authentic, and thought-provoking.
More than 40 members of the GSM Project team were involved in the project over four years. Working alongside dedicated personnel from the Museum of History (formerly the Museum of Civilization), as well as a large team of architects, engineers, fabricators, and media producers, GSM Project delivered a new exhibition that tells the story of Canada from the last ice age to the present day. The new Canadian History Hall opened its doors on July 1, 2017, 150 years (to the day) after Canada's confederation. The exhibit’s rich content gives visitors the chance to discover history from different points of view; in particular, the stories of Canada's indigenous peoples were thoroughly explored, putting a spotlight on the experiences lived by First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people from coast to coast to coast.