For the NY Times, the Canadian History Hall does "not shy away from debates over the past"
The new Canadian History Hall, which just opened a few weeks ago, is attracting a lot of positive comments, and we at GSM Project are very proud to have been part of this project. Here are a few excerpts.
In an article dated July 7th, 2017, New York Times' journalist Ian Austen throroughly enjoyed his Canadian History Hall visit. He states that the "new signature exhibit is comprehensive and commemorates the country’s low points as well as its triumphs while including minority perspectives on events large and small. Throughout, it recognizes that history is often as much a matter of debate as absolutes." and even noticed that "in general, the artifacts tell broader stories rather than serve simply as national relics."
He concludes by saying: "In the past I steered friends and relatives visiting Ottawa away from the Museum of Civilization [the museum's previous name]. Not anymore." and nothing makes us prouder.
The Globe and Mail's Kate Taylor noticed the emphasis on the narratives that shape the country - the many narratives: "there’s nothing partisan about the highly detailed and determinedly educational results which trace the history of human habitation in what is now Canada from the earliest Indigenous archeological evidence through to the present day."
She was, with reasons, struck with the amount of content displayed in the exhibition - one of the reasons the projects took 4 years: "the quantity of information is so large it would be hard to believe anyone could find lacuna here."