Exhibiting the sacred: Material objects, religious history, and the Canadian Museum of Civilization

  title={Exhibiting the sacred: Material objects, religious history, and the Canadian Museum of Civilization},
  author={James William Opp},
  journal={Studies in Religion},
  pages={339 - 352}
  • J. Opp
  • Published 1 September 2001
  • History
  • Studies in Religion
To commemorate the Christian bimillennium, the Canadian Museum of Civilization opened an exhibit entitled Under the Sign of the Cross: Creative Expressions of Christianity in Canada. Although one of the goals of the display was to illustrate the "impact" of Christianity on Canada, the exhibit was noticeably lacking historical context. This article explores the curatorial principles that guided the planning and execution of the exhibit. It argues that the lack of attention to an historical… 


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