Hold our history in your hands, with a spectacular virtual museum that is at once a sweeping exploration of Canadian history and culture, an indispensable reference guide and a remarkable treasury of information.
Welcome to a museum so vast and full of wonder that it could only be called Canada. Each of The Museum Called Canada’s 25 rooms houses carefully chosen exhibits that illuminate a significant historical theme. This majestic collection brings together high art and popular culture, science and nature, rare objects and whimsical ephemera. Here you will see the empty eye sockets of Tyrannosaurus Rex and be able to examine intricate and ethereal wood-carved angels built for Quebec’s Rideau Chapel. Exhibits span the breadth of our nation, from the Yuquot Whaler’s Shrine of Vancouver Island’s Nootka to an anti-Confederation poster from the controversially soon-to-be-province Newfoundland.
Your guide to the collection is historian and author Charlotte Gray. For each room in the museum, Gray has written a short essay that delves into the world of a particularly evocative artifact and its importance in the context of the room’s theme and time period.
The Museum Called Canada — with its expansive vision, its surprising juxtapositions, its visual feasts and intellectual explorations — is a beautiful and inspiring place that you will want to visit again and again.
The award-winning popular historian Charlotte Gray is the author of several bestselling books, including, most recently, Flint and Feather and Canada: A Portrait in Letters, 1800–2000. Gray lives in Ottawa, where she is an Adjunct Research Professor in the Department of History at Carelton University.
The Museum Called Canada was curated and produced by Otherwise Editions under the editorial and art direction of Sara Angel, creator of the bestsellers Canada: Our Century and Fights of Our Lives.
"The illustrations and photographs are wonderful, evoking a startling wealth of places and objects that could never grace a real museum...The Museum Called Canada is a magnificent undertaking splendidly executed. Canadians can now have their own national museum on their coffee table.”
—John Wilson, Quill & Quire starred review
“Try to imagine the perfect museum with all the best artifacts of all the best museums in Canada.”
—Times Colonist (Victoria)
“The Museum Called Canada is an ingeniously designed, thoroughly researched book that doesn’t overwhelm, even at 700-plus pages. Gray’s mini-essays are warm and human, never drifting into windy abstraction.”
“The Museum Called Canada is certainly one of the best-looking books produced in the country’s publishing history. Aside from the gorgeously photographed images worthy of Vogue magazine and their accompanying short, easily digestible texts reading like the smart sidebars of academis texts, the museum conceit infuses the book with a chic that is self-conscious without being annoying.”
—The Globe and Mail