Quick facts about the Canada: Who Do We Think We Are? exhibition

  • Number of exhibition originals and reproductions: 106
  • Oldest item: Geographical map of New France by Samuel de Champlain, 1612
  • Oddest item: Irish-Canadian artist Paul Kane’s paint brushes used on his western expeditions
  • Surprise discovery: A rare page of handwritten music by Calixa Lavallée, the composer of “O Canada”
  • Item requiring the most work prior to display: Canada’s first formal Coat of Arms, carved wood, circa 1923. Over 160 painstaking hours were spent restoring this piece!

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