A New Home for Canada’s Music

How a small keyboard collection grew into Canada’s first National Music Centre through partnership and collaboration.

Riding the Olympic Wave

What effect do the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games have on museums and the cultural sector? The answer isn’t always straightforward

Whose Rights and Who’s Right?

The new Canadian Museum for Human Rights will employ unique and breakthrough approaches to present all sides of human rights issues that promise to spur free dialogue, open debate and re-open old wounds. One thing is for sure: it’s going to be controversial.

Kids these days! engaging youth in Canada’s museums

Across Canada, enthusiastic youth from 9 to 20 are getting involved with museums and galleries behind the scenes: planning exhibitions, promoting shows, hosting visitors and handling public relations. Graham Chandler talks with them for some fresh new looks at Canadian museums.

So, how did you like the show?

Visitor surveys provide crucial data to inform and shape museum programming, so they need to be properly thought out and executed. Graham Chandler talks to three of Canada’s larger museums to find out the whys and hows of surveying and studying visitors.

Collections Risk Assessment: Leading the Way

Risk Assessment & Management (RM) for museum collections is a recent development that has gained momentum in the museum community over the past decade; and Canada has taken a world lead.

Muse writer Graham Chandler talks to leading Canadian experts about RM. From the Canadian Conservation Institute: Jeanne Inch, Director General; Charlie Costain, Director of Conservation & Scientific Services, and Stefan Michalski, Senior Conservation Scientist; from the Canadian Museum of Nature: Rob Waller, Chief of Conservation; and from the Royal BC Museum, Grant Hughes, Director of Curatorial Services.

Visitors Rule!

Visitors are at the heart of any museum experience. In a special interview, Graham Chandler compares how two Alberta museums are placing visitors at the centre--both physically and philosophically--in redevelopment projects at the Glenbow Museum and at the Royal Alberta Museum.


Requiem for the Silent

One Wednesday morning last January, an Algonquin man named Gilbert Whiteduck walked through the front door of the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Quebec, and handed archaeology and history director David Morrison a beaver pelt. Donations are a normal part of museum business, but this was the reverse—the pelt was a note demanding the return of all human remains taken from traditional Algonquin territory.

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