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  • March 28, 2014 Notes from the Collection: Notgeld, Emergency Money from Interwar Europe

    By: Patricia Measures


    Freren, Germany notgeld entitled “The Hamster Dream” is social satire at its best
    Notgeld, German for emergency money, first appeared at the beginning of World War One and was issued until 1924. Through these notes we can see the entire story of Germany’s experience with out-of-control inflation between the wars.
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  • March 20, 2014 Cleveland Museum of Art, Part 2

    By: Graham Iddon


    Visitors interact with the ‘Collection Wall’ in its collection view mode
    Upon entering Gallery One, you may see somebody standing on one leg and waving her arms in front of a flat screen. Should we call security? Nope. Here’s what happens next: a camera takes a picture of her, digitally compares the image to images stored in the museum’s collection, and comes back with an image of an artwork that most resembles this pose.
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  • March 12, 2014 Cleveland Museum of Art, Part 1

    By: Graham Iddon


    New wing and entrance of the Cleveland Museum of Art
    One of our museum development team and his partner chose to spend part of their Christmas holiday in sunny Cleveland. It wasn’t for the beaches that they went to the rusty shores of Erie but to enjoy one of the most advanced interactive museum experiences available anywhere.
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  • March 4, 2014 Three, two, one - In the Money is a go

    By: Louise-Anne Laroche


    In The Money
    On 19 February our newest travelling exhibition In the Money left the Ottawa area to start its journey across Canada. This will be an exciting adventure, not only for us at the Currency Museum (nervously monitoring its progress from afar), but also for the visitors who will learn more about our currency, its history and the technology behind it.
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  • February 27, 2014 Notes From the Collection: Recent Acquisitions

    By: Paul S. Berry


    Command Coins for the Canadian Armed Forces
    Before the Museum closed, and the Collection moved to Gatineau, the curators regularly hosted a show and tell session for staff to see new acquisitions. With the help of the Museum’s new blog, that tradition will continue; only now, you too will be able to see and learn about some of the brilliant new stars in the Collection. Get out your sunglasses!
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  • February 14, 2014 We’re the Currency Museum, not the Mint

    By: Graham Iddon


    Royal Canadian Mint exterior view
    If we had a nickel for every time people asked questions like that, we’d have… Well, I suppose we have roughly that number of nickels already; we have a long history as a currency museum after all. When the museum was open, somebody would ask a similar question several times a week.
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  • February 7, 2014 Notes from the Collection: Moving Forward

    By: Raewyn Passmore


    After four months in our new digs the Collections Team is starting to settle in. But even though most of the boxes have been unpacked there is still a lot of work to do. In 2014 we will be collaborating with the Exhibitions Team on travelling exhibits and coming up with ideas for the new museum space.
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  • January 31, 2014 The Adventure of Exhibit Planning II

    By: Graham Iddon


    RCMP Musical Ride on the back of the 1979 $50 bill
    As ideas and themes began to emerge from the research, the brainstorms and the content meetings, our next touring exhibition began taking on a tangible form. One of the first pieces of that research involved filming interviews with two significant Canadian bank note engravers: Yves Baril and Jorge Peral.
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  • January 27, 2014 Musée de l’Amérique francophone

    By: Graham Iddon


    Musée de l’Amérique francophone on Côte de la Fabrique
    Down the slope behind the City Hall of old Québec, attached to the 17th century Séminaire de Québec, stands a beautifully curved Québec Neoclassical façade housing the Musée de l’Amérique francophone. Ironically, given the building’s history, much of the Musée’s collection (acquired as early as 1806 when it was the museum of the seminary) is scientific in nature.
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  • January 20, 2014 The Adventure of Exhibit Planning

    By: Graham Iddon


    Voices from the Engraver / La gravure : un art à découvrir
    With the new year, we are right on schedule for developing our next travelling exhibition. Voices from the Engraver is number two in a planned set of travelling exhibitions that will keep our metaphorical doors open for Canadians while renovation keeps our physical doors closed.
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