…as well as some sort of national holiday

The Bank of Canada Museum’s grand opening day has finally arrived!  There’ll be bands, buskers, parades, jet planes, fireworks, royal guests, dozens of poutine trucks…oh, sorry, those are Canada Day events. Well, I guess the Canada 150 people have to do something to compete with the opening day of the Bank of Canada Museum. You can’t blame them, really.

museum entrance with “Open” sign

We’re pulling out all the stops for our opening day!

In a blog from last March, I wrote, “I can honestly say that we are trying our very best to open our doors to the public during the summer of 2017.” OK, I admit that was a tad vague, but there was just no way we were going to officially announce an opening date until we knew when the Museum would be ready. Then in early May, we announced a 1 July opening and gusty sighs of relief could be heard all over the Communications floor of the Bank. (none gustier than from our own marketing manager).

crowd of Canada Day revelers

Well over one quarter million visitors are expected to be in Ottawa for Canada Day. If .8% of them come to the Museum, we’ll be ecstatic.

We had been quietly hoping for a Canada Day opening since 2013. And why not? Situated as we are on the edge of the Parliamentary Precinct, there could be no better time to open our doors than when tens of thousands of festive Canadians are likely to be milling around—practically on our doorstep. When we closed down the old museum on Canada Day 2013, farewell event pulled in more than 1100 visitors and, despite the lack of free ice cream, we expect a far greater attendance this year.

families at a craft table and a clown

Families were very grateful for the Canada Day activities at our 2013 event, a relief from the heat and crowds on the Hill.

Of course we’ll have our own attractions beyond supplying water, washrooms and air conditioning: roving entertainers, family craft tables, balloons, giveaways—there are even rumours of Bank of Canada Museum cookies. The Currency Department is also getting in on the fun with an info kiosk for the Canada 150 commemorative bank note and a photobooth.

cookies with the Museum logo on them

Bank of Canada Museum cookies? Even tastier because they’re free. We’ll only have a limited number so come early.

As if that weren’t enough, there’s an entirely new, exciting and innovative museum to explore. A ceremony will take place with Bank of Canada Governor Stephen S. Poloz cutting the ribbon to officially open our doors. Look for our colourful tent on the Bank of Canada’s plaza at the corner of Bank and Wellington Streets.

See you there.

teaser images of Museum interactives

Just a hint of what you’ll see when you visit the new Bank of Canada Museum. It’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before.