Build a Museum Exhibit and We’ll Tell You Which Canadian “Heritage Moment” You Are

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By: Ashley Linkletter

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About This Quiz

If you've watched any Canadian television over the last 30 years, there's an excellent chance you've seen your fair share of "Heritage Minutes." These 60-second spots tell the story of individual Canadians as well as influential groups of people, usually through dramatic re-enactments and voiceover narration, which is often performed by another famous Canadian. Past topics have run the gamut from Canadian midwives to the Battle of Vimy Ridge to Tommy Prince, Canada's most-decorated Indigenous soldier. Today there are 90 "Heritage Minutes" on rotation, with the earliest television spot appearing in 1991. Funded by Canada Post and the Government of Canada (amongst others), "Heritage Minutes" are created with the intention to surprise, provoke and reveal truths about Canada's political, cultural and military history. 

Being the Canadian history buff that you are, we thought it would be fun to help you design a museum of your own (you could call it a "Heritage Minute" on display.) Although Canada is a relatively young country, its citizens have proven to be innovative thinkers, brave in the face of injustice and incredibly valuable in terms of their contribution to the arts and humanities. It's time to think about your exhibit from every perspective: content, appearance, ambiance and accessibility are just some of the things you'll have to think about as you answer these questions. Are you ready to take your museum exhibit to the next level? Let's find out which Canadian "Heritage Minute" you really are!

Which museum is showing your exhibit?

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The right name is sure to attract visitors! What is the name of your exhibit?

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Exhibits often travel to different museums. If you could take your exhibit anywhere in Canada, where would it go?

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When visitors arrive in the lobby of your museum, what do they see?

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Does your exhibit have any interactive features?

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Right next to the exhibit, the museum has a big cafeteria; what does it serve?

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You might need a corporate sponsor to help fund your exhibit. Who do you turn to?

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Which already-existing museum looks the most like the one housing your exhibit?

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When you're building an exhibit, light is one of the most important factors to consider. How is your exhibit lit?

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How many stories is the museum where your exhibit is being held?

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You plan on having some museum prints for sale in the lobby. What do the prints have on them?

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Does your exhibit have any outdoor features?

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You want to put a plaque on the entrance of your museum exhibit with a quote from your favourite Canadian. What does it say?

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What other exhibits are showing at the museum?

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Does your museum exhibit involve historical re-enactments?

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Your patrons will spend most of the time walking around looking at your exhibit. What kind of flooring did you choose for your exhibit?

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If your museum exhibit is more than one story, how do people get from floor to floor?

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When you buy a museum pass you receive a free gift. What do you give your patrons?

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On the first Monday of the month, your museum hosts free family movie nights that tie into the theme of your exhibit. Which of the following movies are next on the roster?

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Your museum has a smaller satellite building down the block which focuses on one exhibit only. What is the exhibit's most famous item?

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Which distinguished Canadian would be a keynote speaker at your exhibit's charity event?

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There's nothing like a pop of colour to make museum artifacts pop. What colour are the walls painted in your exhibit?

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Does your exhibit have any ambient noise for effect?

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In the museum's calendar, a nature photo inspired by your exhibit is used for the month of August. What is in the photo?

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Your exhibit will be shown at a Canadian university or college; which school will it be?

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What kind of small treats and trinkets are sold by the cash register in the gift shop?

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If your museum had a motto, what would it be?

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The gift shop sells copies of which complementary book to your museum exhibit?

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How much is admission to your museum?

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Please exit through the gift shop. What do your visitors see before they leave your museum?

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