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Museum Treasures

Discover the treasures of Canada’s museums! Browse our selection of videos and stories of some of the country’s most significant objects, artworks, artefacts, documents and specimens from our national museums and heritage institutions. Be sure to check back with us, as new treasures will be added weekly.

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The Response, National War Memorial – National Capital Commission

March 19, 2014

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On a spring morning in 1939, 100,000 people gathered in the heart of the nation’s capital to unveil the new National War Memorial: 22 bronze figures marching through a giant granite arch, entitled The Response.

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Dionne Quintuplet Dresses – Canadian Museum of Civilization

March 19, 2014

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The Dionne Quintuplets, the first identical quintuplets to survive infancy, wore these dresses for a CBC radio interview in 1940, when they were only six years old. These pretty pink dresses are in a style typical for little girls of the period, with generous smocking on the bodice, embroidered collars, puffy sleeves and piped seams.

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Proclamation of the Constitution Act – Library and Archives Canada

March 18, 2014

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Library and Archives Canada preserves thousands of key documents of Canadian history, governance and political culture, most notably the Proclamation of the Constitution Act of 1982.

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Sawyer-Massey 20-40 Kerosene Tractor – Canada Agriculture and Food Museum

March 18, 2014

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As Canada’s population grew, farmers felt pressured to produce more crops. As field size increased, farmers needed an alternative to horse-pulled ploughs. In 1918 the Sawyer-Massey 20-40 Kerosene Tractor was developed, replacing the use of animals to pull ploughs – which required care – and competing with the steam traction engine tractors – which needed expensive fuel.

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The Jack Pine – National Gallery of Canada

March 18, 2014

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Inspired by the landscape around Little Cauchon Lake in eastern Algonquin Park, this picture of a solitary jack pine, its drooping boughs silhouetted in the light of a northern Ontario sunset, assumes special emotional and symbolic significance through the artist’s formal treatment.

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