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The Franklin Expedition

The Franklin Museum Network

People using the touch screen of the Franklin Exploration pop-up display The Franklin Exploration pop-up display
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The Displays

This pop-up display deals with the mysteries surrounding the Franklin Expedition and sheds light on the historical context of science and exploration in the 19th century. The display focuses on Inuit traditional knowledge, the reasons behind the fatal expedition and the clues collected during the initial research efforts. It allows you to create links with contemporary research in the Arctic and the methodology and progress of ongoing scientific work in the Canadian North.

As a result of the portable structure of the displays, participating museums will be able to share it with their communities.

The Franklin Exploration will be on display over a period of three years and will be updated based on the discoveries of Parks Canada and its partners.

The Program

The incredible account of the explorer and Parks Canada's archaeological missions are at the heart of a unique programming spread over three years:

  • Mobile and interactive pop-up display;
  • Special events;
  • Interpretation activities;
  • Conferences, etc.

Activities and display venues may vary. Be sure to check with museums for latest details.

Partner museums

Canadian Museum of History - Gatineau, Quebec
Glenbow Museum - Calgary, Alberta
The Manitoba Museum - Winnipeg, Manitoba
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic - Halifax, Nova Scotia
Nattilik Heritage Centre - Gjoa Haven, Nunavut
Musée Maritime du Québec - L'Islet, Quebec
New Brunswick Museum - Saint-John, New Brunswick
Royal BC Museum - Victoria, British Columbia
Royal Ontario Museum - Toronto, Ontario
Vancouver Maritime Museum - Vancouver, British Columbia


The pop-up display and programming of the Franklin Museum Network are the product of a partnership between Parks Canada and the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). The W. Garfield Weston Foundation is the lead exhibit patron. Arctic Research Foundation, Isles Foundation Incorporated, Andrew and Valerie Pringle and The WB Family Foundation are also patrons.

For more information on the Franklin Museum Network see the ROM website and press release (also available in Inuktitut and Inuinnaqtun).


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