Museums Act (S.C. 1990, c. 3)

Act current to 2014-11-11 and last amended on 2014-08-29. Previous Versions

Establishment of the Canadian Museum of History

Marginal note:Establishment
  •  (1) There is established a corporation to be called the Canadian Museum of History.

  • Marginal note:Affiliated museums

    (2) The Canadian Museum of History shall include the Canadian War Museum and any other affiliated museums that the Board of the Canadian Museum of History may, by by-law, establish with the Governor in Council’s approval.

  • 1990, c. 3, s. 7;
  • 2013, c. 38, s. 2.

Purpose, Capacity and Powers of the Canadian Museum of HIstory

Marginal note:Purpose

 The purpose of the Canadian Museum of History is to enhance Canadians’ knowledge, understanding and appreciation of events, experiences, people and objects that reflect and have shaped Canada’s history and identity, and also to enhance their awareness of world history and cultures.

  • 1990, c. 3, s. 8;
  • 2013, c. 38, s. 2.
Marginal note:Capacity and powers
  •  (1) In furtherance of its purpose, the Canadian Museum of History has, subject to this Act, the capacity of a natural person and, elsewhere than in Quebec, the rights, powers and privileges of a natural person. In particular, the Canadian Museum of History may

    • (a) collect objects of historical or cultural interest and other museum material;

    • (b) maintain its collection by preservation, conservation or restoration or the establishment of records or documentation;

    • (c) sell, exchange, give away, destroy or otherwise dispose of museum material in its collection and use any revenue obtained from that disposal to further its collection;

    • (d) lend or borrow museum material on long- or short-term loan;

    • (e) organize, sponsor, arrange for or participate in travelling exhibitions, in Canada and internationally, of museum material in its collection and from other sources;

    • (f) undertake or sponsor any research related to its purpose or to museology, and communicate the results of that research;

    • (g) provide facilities to permit qualified individuals to use or study its collection;

    • (h) promote knowledge and disseminate information related to its purpose, throughout Canada and internationally, by any appropriate means of education and communication;

    • (i) establish and foster liaison with other organizations that have a purpose similar to its own;

    • (j) share the expertise of its staff by undertaking or sponsoring training and apprenticeship programs that relate to its purpose;

    • (k) provide or arrange for professional and technical services to other organizations that have a purpose similar to its own;

    • (l) acquire property by gift, bequest or otherwise, hold that property in trust or otherwise and expend, invest, administer and dispose of that property;

    • (m) develop, operate and maintain branches or exhibition centres;

    • (n) operate restaurants, lounges, parking facilities, shops and other facilities for the use of the public;

    • (o) lease or otherwise make available any of its facilities to other persons; and

    • (p) charge for goods, services and admission and use the revenue so obtained for its own purposes.

  • Marginal note:Restriction

    (2) The Canadian Museum of History may deal with property only in accordance with the terms on which it was acquired or is held.

  • Marginal note:Support

    (3) The Canadian Museum of History may support other museums or organizations that have a purpose that is complementary to its own by administering programs that

    • (a) provide online content; and

    • (b) support the development of online content, including by providing financial assistance.

  • 1990, c. 3, s. 9;
  • 2013, c. 38, s. 2;
  • 2014, c. 20, s. 193.