“Artifacts are the building blocks of our collective memory and our national story. They provide physical proof of the existence, character and accomplishments of those who came before us. They touch us in deeply personal ways, connecting us to the thoughts, emotions and daily lives of our ancestors.”
Victor Rabinovitch, former President and CEO, Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation
The National Collection Fund was established in 2006 by the Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation to support the acquisition of artifacts by its two museums: the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Canadian War Museum.
The Fund will help ensure that important pieces of our national heritage are not lost or dispersed.
The Civilization and War museums are owned by the people of Canada and receive core funding from the federal government. In spite of our best efforts, the Museums still miss many once-in-a-lifetime opportunities that would enrich their collections. Without funds earmarked for acquisitions, the Museums often simply cannot afford to buy valuable pieces of our past or are unable to access funds quickly enough when rare artifacts appear on the market. As a result, Canadians risk losing important pieces of our heritage — unique artifacts from Canada’s First Peoples or early explorers, or objects of political or social significance — as they disappear into private collections or even leave the country.
Many of the artifacts currently housed in the Museums were donated by generous and proud Canadians who appreciate the need to preserve and promote their country’s unique heritage. The National Collection Fund will complement — not replace — those private artifact donations. The Fund will be used judiciously to acquire objects that meet the Museums’ standards and strategic priorities.
Support the National Collection Fund Campaign today. Your gift will ensure that our national treasures are preserved.