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Welcome - Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Inspirational Quote

"My music is made for the people who are willing to stand up to change this world themselves."

Tom Morello, activist and original member of Rage Against the Machine

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Beyond the Beat: Music of Resistance and Change

Opening February 2, 2024 — Ground‐breaking and history‐making moments when music made a difference.

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Black history and human rights

Learn about personal and collective acts of resistance and the ongoing fight for equality. Reflect on how we can work to end colonial and racist systems of repression.

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Photo: Hannibal Free Public Library, Steve Chou Tomlinson

Stories that move us Beyond the Beat

Historical and contemporary stories of how music, musicians and audiences move society towards greater justice.

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Plan your visit


Dream Big: Music and human rights

February 23, 2024

Cost: This event is free; registration is recommended

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The Great Moon, kisteyihtowin (respect) and the way we relate

February 25, 2024

Cost: Free, registration required

Five museum visitors look at towering exhibits in the “Indigenous Perspectives” gallery at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. The nearest is made of wood and features trees, animals and a plaque. Behind the visitors, a rounded theatre built of bent wooden slats is visible. Partially obscured.

Woman, Life, Freedom and the power of collective art

March 8, 2024

Cost: Free

Six marchers carry a long white banner with black capital letters that read WOMAN LIFE FREEDOM down a Toronto city street. Behind them, a parade of women carry other protest signs for international Woman's Day. Partially obscured.

ᑕᐅᑐᒃᑕᕗᒃ Tautuktavuk (What We See)

March 8, 2024 to March 10, 2024

Cost: CMHR Members: Free, General Tickets: $10

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Black Lives Matter and the struggle for racial justice in Canada

By Debra Thompson

A large group of people holding signs with slogans such as “Black Lives Matter,” “Enough is Enough” and “Your Silence is Betrayal.” Partially obscured.

Beyond the Beats and Rhymes Is Life

By Mark V. Campbell (DJ Grumps)

A woman in a grey jacket and darker grey pants is breakdancing on a sidewalk during daytime. Trees and buildings are in the background. Partially obscured.

An interview with Tegan and Sara

By CMHR Curatorial Team

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The Amchitka Campaign

By Barbara Stowe

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Climate Justice

June 2022 to June 2024

A crowd of youth hold protest signs and stand behind a large banner that reads “La Terre Mère,” or “mother earth” in English. Partially obscured.

Explore Canada’s proclamation through augmented reality 

August 2019 to May 2024

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Explore the Museum from home

Join Museum guides for virtual tours of our exhibits and architecture. Download our mobile app to check out the entire Museum, gallery by gallery. Discover our many special online experiences.

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Photo: CMHR, Scott Gillam