• October 23, 2014

    American Alliance of Museums Expo

    By: Matt Paquette

    American Alliance of Museums Expo
    The logistics around organizing a 4 day, multi-venue expo that hosted thousands of attendees and featured hundreds of speakers in over 150 sessions would be mind boggling at the best of times.
    Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): Reviews
  • October 10, 2014

    American Institute of Conservation Annual Meeting

    By: Patricia Measures

    The main purpose for my attendance was to hear about collections care and HVAC systems and to review current lighting recommendations. By far the most inspiring talk was that of presenter Kostas Ntanos, Head of Conservation Research and Development at the National Archives, UK.
    Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): Reviews
  • September 29, 2014

    The Adventure of Exhibit Planning V

    By: Graham Iddon

    Now the writer takes a deep breath and attempts to take a subject like the ‘representation of 75 years of national identity as depicted on stamps and bank notes’ from 50 pages of research and squash it into 65 words.
    Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): Exhibitions
  • September 18, 2014

    Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

    By: Graham Iddon

    Ripleys Aquarium - Carousel
    Is it still considered a museum when all the artifacts are alive and swimming about? Why not? There is a carefully researched collection. There is detailed interpretation. There are plenty of screaming kids…
    Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): Reviews
  • September 8, 2014

    Welcome to the New Website

    By: Graham Iddon

    “Responsive design” means that the website will re-arrange itself automatically to fit any device.
    “The what museum”? Yes, you heard right, we are bidding a fond farewell to the name that served us so well for over 30 years: the Currency Museum. The new name, the Bank of Canada Museum, was chosen months ago but we kept it a deep, dark secret until our new website went live.
    Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): About Us
  • August 11, 2014

    Why Go to Conferences?

    By: Caroline Roberts

    Art Gallery of Ontario
    A time to take a break from the office, meet with old friends and make new ones, party and have a good time… Going to a conference is all of these things. But it is so much more besides.
    Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): Reviews
  • August 6, 2014

    The Senior Deputy Governor’s Signature

    By: Graham Iddon

    Steven S. Poloz & Carolyn Wilkins
    For much of their history, Canadian bank notes have represented a promise, a guarantee that they could be redeemed for “specie” (gold and silver coins) at their parent institution.
    Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): News & Events
  • July 28, 2014

    Becoming a Collector V

    By: Graham Iddon

    Visual glossary of design and security details of Canadian Bank Note: 2004, $20 face
    Suppose you walk into a bar frequented by currency collectors and in an attempt to join in you refer to a ‘planchette’ as a ‘rosette’ (beer mugs hit the tables and the pianist stops playing). This could be pretty humiliating and you’ll probably never be able to go to that bar again, at least not on numismatic night.
    Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): Collection
  • July 21, 2014

    Becoming a Collector IV

    By: Graham Iddon

    Visual glossary of design details of Canadian coins
    Now that you have a grasp of preservation techniques for coins, you might want to familiarize yourself with the finer points of their anatomy. It is all part of your numismatic education and besides, you need to be informed and sound informed when you are buying coins at flea markets or coin fairs.
    Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): Collection
  • July 10, 2014

    The Empress of Ireland Exhibition Opens

    By: Graham Iddon

    Entrance to the exhibition proper, cross the gangplank and board the Empress
    This past 29 May was the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Empress of Ireland and the natural evening to hold the opening event for Canada’s Titanic - The Empress of Ireland exhibition. A few hundred people filled the Grand Hall at the Canadian Museum of History to see the event, sip some wine and chat.
    Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): Reviews

30 Bank Street
Ottawa, ON
613 782-8914