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Perth, Scotland, United Kingdom
November 21, 2010
From journal The centre and the periphery
Jarrow, Tyne & Wear, United Kingdom
June 10, 2003
Behind the Grand Hall, which holds the world’s largest indoor collection of totem poles, six houses contain exhibits from aboriginal cultures on the pacific coast, while on the other side of special exhibitions gallery A and B, the massive First Peoples Hall is currently nearing completion.
Other main exhibits include reconstructed streets from Toronto, New France, and the western provinces, a Postal Museum displaying every Canadian stamp issued post 1851, an interactive Children's Museum, and Canada Hall.
Don't forget to pick up a free floor plan in the Main Lobby, and allow at least 3 hours for your visit.
From journal Down All The Days
by Re Carroll
Abbotsford, British Columbia
April 28, 2002
There are four floors of exhibits. The first floor or Grand Hall, is devoted to west coast
native history. As well as totem poles, there are 6 different traditional houses,
representing the different Aboriginal cultures. Each house has displays inside that explain the specific culture and tradition. One of the highlights here is a large sculpture by native artist Bill Reid, titled "The Spirit of Haida Gwaii".
Level 2 has an IMAX theatre, The Childrens’ Museum and The Canadian Postal Museum
with a replica of a postmaster’s office. There are also special exhibitions such as "The
Country Within Me". It was a display of musical instruments throughout the world,
including videos and audio clips of the instrument in use. I watched and listened to
music in Africa, Vietnam, Romania, Haiti and Canada, just to name a few.
part of the museum was the Childrens’ Museum. The theme is multi national and there are
children sized booths and displays that represent various countries throughout the world. Kids can board a Pakistani bus, wander into a pyramid or desert tent, check out a Greek market, play with artificial flowers and wear wooden shoes in Holland, sit in a French cafe and lots more. Each exhibit includes traditional dress (kid-sized) that they can wear over their own clothes. They can get a free passport and stamp it as they visit each
"country". There are also places where they can stage a puppet show or take centre stage
to entertain doting parents. It’s a noisy, lively place, filled with kids, parents and all the young at heart.
Level 3 features Canada Hall, a journey across Canada and through the ages. There were
replicas of a 16th century whaling station, 18th century New France town square, a 19th
century lumber camp, a 20th century grain elevator and more. All life size and open for
Level 4 has special exhibits such as a large collection of dolls throughout the ages.
The museum has a snack bar on level 2 and a restaurant on level 1.
Admission rates will be increasing as of 1 May. The museum is half price on Sunday and free from 4 to 9 pm on Thursday. Count on spending at least 2-3 hours because there is lots to see.
The museum is fully wheelchair accessible.
From journal Adventures in Ottawa