Oct 16, 2012

By Michael Kramer

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The country’s largest museum is getting a name change and a re-branding.

The Canadian Museum of Civilization will become  the Canadian Museum of History – to reflect a focus on the country’s social and political history.

Heritage Minister James Moore says the change is being made in anticipation of plans to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017.

The museum is expected to include displays on major milestones since Confederation, including the Last Spike from construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway  and items from Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope.

The transformation is expected to cost a one-time investment of $25 million funded through Canadian Heritage. There is also a $3-billion budget for the movement of exhibits and artifacts from other smaller museums across Canada.

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