Discovery Hall

Voices from the Engraver



Treasures & Curiosities: The Sequel

Treasures and Curiosities - The Sequel SEP 26.14 - JAN.15

The Legacy of Adventure and Art: The Life of Miss Edith Fanny Kirk

Changing Places: Immigration & Diversity

Permanent Exhibit

Special Exhibits

Curriculum coordinated
school programs

Wendy Aitkens, Curator
Tel: (403) 320.3907
Email: wendy.aitkens[at]


FEB 07 - MAY 18.15
premiere showing!

From concept to final product, experience the creative process, the technical skill and the sheer artistry that underlies every series of Canadian stamps and banknotes.

Engraving for banknotes (paper money) and postal stamps is considered one of the most difficult engraving art forms, as the challenge is to outwit counterfeiters by developing very intricate designs difficult to copy and reproduce. The talents of Yves Baril of Quebec and Jorge Peral of Mexico are featured in the exhibition, as they both became masters of their art.

Postal stamps from 1908 to 2013 recognize women such as poet E. Pauline Johnson, baker Rose-Anna Vachon, and social activist Nellie McClung, men like Métis leader Louis Riel, explorers Cartier and Champlain, and hockey heroes Paul Henderson and Yvan Cournoyer. Other stamps reflect birds and animals, villages and mountains, the territory of Nunavut and the initial Klondike Gold Strike.

Artifacts such as a maquette of the Bluenose sailing ship, watercolours, photos and drawings, along with engraver's tool and printing plates used in the production of bank notes and stamps will be on display, and we will also take a peek behind the scenes and show bank note and stamp designs that were not retained.

A travelling exhibition produced & circulated by the
Bank of Canada in partnership with the Canadian Museum of History

Banck of Canada Currency Museum website
Canadian History Museum website
Made possible in part by support from `Department of Canadian Heritage logo----- Government of Canada logo
artifacts   banknotes
hands-on activity table   hands-on activity
touchable screen   touchable screen

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lecture series

Thu FEB 26 | 7:00 pm
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with Jonathan Legg

Sun APR 12 | 7:00 pm
Terry Fox
with Terry Fox

Daytime Galt Workshops... unleash your creativity!

daytime hands-on series

Thu MAR 04 | 10:30 am
Nature Printing


Galt Workshops: unleash your creativity

evening hands-on series

Thu FEB 12 | 7:00 pm
Styfrofoam Relief Prints

Thu APR 23 | 7:00 pm
Embossed Coasters

Wednesdays at the Galt for ages 55+

1st & 3rd Wed monthly

MAR 04 | 2:00 pm
Voices from the Engraver
Exhibit Tour

APR 15 | 2:00 pm
Postage Stamp Selection
with Dr. Sheila McManus


Saturdays at 1 Family Program


Stamp Coin & Banknote Collecting, Stamp it Up! and much more!.

related happenings

Exhibit Opening

Sun FEB 08.15 |
2:00 - 3:00

The Curator Presents... Reflections of Canada: The Art of the Engraved Stamp and Banknote
Dr. Jennifer Anderson

The Curator Presents... with Dr. Jennifer Anderson, Historian, Canadian Museum of History

Followed by the official opening of
Voices from the Engraver


Museum Community Days

Family Day

Mon FEB 16 |
1:00 - 4:30
pm | free admission


Earth Day

Sat APR 18 |
12:00 - 4:30
pm | free admission




Sat APR 04 |
10:00 - 2:00
| free admission


Exhibit and curriculum related School Tours and programs are available for the duration of the exhibit. Contact Belinda for more information: 403.320-4248 | email

Canada 8 dollar Grizzly Stamp
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