• December 17, 2013

    ‘Twas the blog before Christmas

    While we take our winter holiday this week, so will the blog. To keep our hordes of clamouring followers entertained while we’re away, we’ll give them another window into the personalities of the folks who work at the Museum. We’ve asked some of them to write about their favourite holiday memories.
    Content type(s): Blog Subject(s): About us
  • December 2, 2013

    The McCord Museum Visit

    By: Graham Iddon

    While visiting bigger institutions in Montréal, the museum planning team decided to drop into the McCord Museum and take a look at the ways they are using tablets and apps in their exhibition spaces.
    Content type(s): Blog Subject(s): Reviews
  • November 25, 2013

    We Drop into Pointe-à-Callière in Montréal

    By: Graham Iddon

    During two trips to Montréal this past July, as part of our ongoing program of museum tours, the planning team visited the Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History at Pointe-à-Callière near the old city waterfront.
    Content type(s): Blog Subject(s): Reviews
  • November 18, 2013

    Notes from the Collection: A Buying Trip to Toronto

    By: Paul S. Berry

    Recently, from October 3 to 5th, collections staff were at the Toronto Coin Expo, held at the Toronto Reference Library on Yonge Street. The show boasts informative lectures, a large auction of coins, tokens and paper money as well as a showroom, called a bourse, where dealers greet clients and buy and sell material.
    Content type(s): Blog Subject(s): Reviews
  • November 12, 2013

    The Last of the New Polymer Notes are Released

    By: Graham Iddon

    On 7 November, the Bank of Canada released the new five and ten dollar bills into circulation. I won’t say ‘released onto an unsuspecting public’ as the official introduction to the new bills took place last April in a big event in front of the former Museum featuring a live presentation by Chris Hadfield beamed from the International Space Station.
    Content type(s): Blog Subject(s): News and events
  • November 5, 2013

    A Visit to Centre des sciences de Montréal

    By: Graham Iddon

    Twice this past July, members of the museum planning team took the train to Montréal to have a look at some of the excellent museums there.
    Content type(s): Blog Subject(s): Reviews
  • October 28, 2013

    Director’s chair : A little help from our friends

    By: Ken Ross

    In one of my favourite cinematic moments, the 11 year-old chess prodigy, Josh Waitzkin, imagines sweeping the pieces off a chess board in order to help him think more clearly about an important game of chess. It is a championship game and he is on the brink of winning it all.
    Content type(s): Blog Subject(s): About us
  • October 7, 2013

    The Cases are Almost Empty

    By: Graham Iddon

    For the first time since they went into their cases in 1980, over 2000 coins, notes, beads and shells are coming back out. The Museum’s curatorial staff are busily pulling panels from cases, placing coins into specially prepared drawers and sliding notes into acid-free Mylar envelopes.
    Content type(s): Blog Subject(s): Collection
  • September 24, 2013

    Curators Begin Removal of Artifacts

    By: Graham Iddon

    The doors were barely closed following Big Top Farewell event before Chief Curator Paul Berry and his team began emptying display cases that had been sealed shut since 1980. The biggest task involved removing more than 2500 bank notes from the room we knew as Gallery 8.
    Content type(s): Blog Subject(s): Collection
  • September 16, 2013

    Notes from the Collection : 2013 RCNA Convention Winnipeg

    By: David Bergeron

    Another convention of the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association (RCNA) wrapped up in July. This year the convention was held in Winnipeg, Manitoba. It was the first time in over thirty years that the RCNA Convention made a stop there.
    Content type(s): Blog Subject(s): Reviews