Located on the northern part of the Northern American continent, Canada is a beautiful country that extends from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Actic Ocean, making its motto true from sea to sea. It is world’s second largest country by total area of 9,984,670 square kilometers. Canada is a well developed country with the eighth highest per capita income and one of the wealthiest countries of the world. This country has incredible geographical variety, and is known for unique cultural diversity and national parks and historic sites. Besides, Canada has a number of great museums which are keeping its rich heritage intact in every manner. In the following write-up, we have listed some of the popular museums of Canada which one must pay a visit to while travelling here.
Currency Museum, Ottawa, ON
One of its kinds, this currency museum was first opened on December 5, 1980. This museum is the public face of the National Currency Collection that contains more than 100,000 currency-related artifacts from across the world. It is a home to eight galleries which gives the detail the history of money from 500 B.C. to the present. The collection include coins, dies, bank notes, plates, and engraving tools, weights and scales, bank and government ledgers, cash registers, numismatic medals and cards, wallets, and examples of counterfeit money. Apart from the currency of Canada, this museum also displays foreign and ancient monies such as a three-ton Yap stone which is still usable currency in the Caroline Islands. Also, it has a library and archive, which consists of over 8,500 books, catalogues, pamphlets, and journals dating back to the Middle Ages.
Canada’s Penitentiary Museum, Kingston, ON
Situated at the downtown in Kingston, Ontario, Canada’s Penitentiary Museum gives a visitor the firsthand history of Canada’s penitentiaries. This museum has seven display galleries with all kinds of exhibits linking to Canada’s rich prison heritage. The galleries displays inmate art, contraband items, prison uniforms, escape paraphernalia, restraint equipment and old forms of punishment. If you are that adventurous, you can get a chance to experience direct the prison conditions which existed 100 years ago. In succinct, this museum is dedicated to the preservation and understanding of the exciting history of Canada’s Federal penitentiary system.
Royal Tyrell Museum of Paleontology, Drumheller, AB
A popular centre of paleontological research, the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology is a popular tourist attraction. This museum is located 6 KM from Drumheller, Alberta (AB) and 135 kilometers from Calgary. It is situated in the middle of the fossil-bearing strata of the Late Cretaceous Horseshoe Canyon Formation and holds various specimens from Dinosaur Provincial Park, the Alberta badlands, and the Devil’s Coulee Dinosaur Egg Site. This museum is noted for its extensive collection of fossils i.e., over 1, 30, 000 and is currently being operated by Alberta’s Ministry of Culture. In fact, it is considered as one of the best of its kind in the world.
Apart from these, the National Gallery of Canada, Canadian Museum of Civilization (Gatineau, Quebec), Canadian Museum of Nature (Ottawa, Ontario), Canada Science and Technology Museum (Ottawa, Ontario), Royal Ontario Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, Royal Alberta Museum are some of the other museums of Canada.
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