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  • 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.
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  • July 7, 2014

    Museum Reconstruction - Part 3

    By: Graham Iddon


    Bank of canada - Night
    Though naturally we are aware that the former Museum space is being gutted, the reality of seeing it empty is still pretty strange for most of us here. In the last blog of this series we showed you the empty cafeteria space that will become the new Museum, as well as some images of the old Museum as it was at the time: stuffed with odds and ends of exhibit cases, the occasional display still on the walls.
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  • June 16, 2014

    Museum Reconstruction - Part 2

    By: Graham Iddon


    We are coming up on a year since we closed the doors on the physical museum. During that year, we’ve worked very hard to make sure everybody knows that we are still a functioning museum and one that will be opening its doors again in a few years on a beautiful new space, with an expanded mission and mandate.
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  • April 3, 2014

    Museum Reconstruction - Part 1

    By: Graham Iddon


    In early February, a small group from the Bank’s Communications Department booked a brief tour of the main floor and first basement at the Wellington Street head office. It’s still in the demolition phase of the renovation.
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  • February 14, 2014

    We’re the Currency Museum, not the Mint

    By: Graham Iddon


    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 14, 2014

    Our Year Ahead

    By: Graham Iddon


    We here at the Currency Museum hope you had a fabulous holiday season. We know we did, though maybe a little too fabulous for some of us. As we crossed over into the New Year we had a chance to reflect on the year that had just passed. 2013 presented our team with some pretty big challenges and some tough goodbyes, but it also had some great new adventures and exciting new initiatives.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • August 30, 2013

    Director’s chair : “I don’t know why you say goodbye, I say hello.”

    By: Ken Ross


    Most of us know the first part of Alexander Graham Bell’s take on opportunity: “When one door closes, another one opens…” What we often don’t recall is the second half of that quote, where he says: “…but we so often look so long and regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.”
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