Museums Act (S.C. 1990, c. 3)

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Museums Act

S.C. 1990, c. 3

Assented to 1990-01-30

An Act respecting museums

Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows:


Marginal note:Short title

 This Act may be cited as the Museums Act.


Marginal note:Definitions

 In this Act,


« conseil »

“Board”, with respect to a museum, means the Board of Trustees of that museum;


« ministre »

“Minister”, with respect to a museum, means such member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada as may be designated by the Governor in Council as the Minister responsible for that museum for the purposes of this Act;


« musée »

“museum” means a corporation established by Part I;

“museum material”

« matériel de musée »

“museum material” means objects and documentary material, regardless of medium or form, of a type normally kept by a museum for reference or exhibition purposes.

  • 1990, c. 3, s. 2;
  • 2008, c. 9, s. 1.
Marginal note:Declaration

 It is hereby declared that the heritage of Canada and all its peoples is an important part of the world heritage and must be preserved for present and future generations and that each museum established by this Act

  • (a) plays an essential role, individually and together with other museums and like institutions, in preserving and promoting the heritage of Canada and all its peoples throughout Canada and abroad and in contributing to the collective memory and sense of identity of all Canadians; and

  • (b) is a source of inspiration, research, learning and entertainment that belongs to all Canadians and provides, in both official languages, a service that is essential to Canadian culture and available to all.


Establishment of the National Gallery of Canada

Marginal note:Establishment
  •  (1) There is hereby established a corporation, to be called the National Gallery of Canada.

  • Marginal note:Affiliated museums

    (2) The National Gallery of Canada shall include the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography and such other affiliated museums as the Board of the National Gallery of Canada may, by by-law, establish with the approval of the Governor in Council.