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Photostory #97: National Storehouse for Canada's Past: Museum Host to 100,000 Annually

Gar Lunney , Bill Newton
National Film Board of Canada
Release Date
March 19, 1957
CMCP fonds
Credit Line
Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography fonds, National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives
Main Text
One of the most important innovations in the 116-year history of Canada's National Museum took place recently with its separation into the Canadian Museum of Human History and the Canadian Museum of Natural History. The new arrangement will give emphasis to studies on the background of the Canadian people, while the important work in natural history continues._x000B__x000B_The Museum of Natural History is a treasure-house of specimens of the flora and fauna of Canada. Stuffed animals from dainty field mice to glowering Great Plains buffalo form part of its fine collection. By concentrating on the natural sciences, the new museum hopes to focus more attention on the basic natural resources which support the nation._x000B__x000B_The Museum of Human History will intensify the study of the evolution of man in what is now Canada. The field to be surveyed is vast; it includes remote prehistoric sites recently unearthed in the Yukon and Eastern Arctic as well as French, English, Indian and Eskimo folklore.