Magna Carta – Law, Liberty and Legacy

How is a 13th-century-document created in England relevant to Canadians?

“Magna Carta – Law, Liberty and Legacy” is an exhibition celebrating the 800th anniversary of one of the world’s most iconic documents. Magna Carta laid the groundwork for many concepts that continue to define democratic life today, such as the principle that no one is above the law of the land.

The ideals of Magna Carta became the basis for freedom, democracy and rule of law in England and later in the Commonwealth. Canada’s system of government has historic links to Magna Carta, including our constitutional right to due process.

By visiting this exhibition at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, you’ll have a unique opportunity to view a companion exhibition created and presented exclusively by the Museum. “Canada’s Magna Carta: Meanings and Misconceptions”explores the similarities between Magna Carta and some of Canada’s foundational documents. See Magna Carta and then take an up-close look at the Royal Proclamation of 1763 and the Constitution Acts of 1867 and 1982.

Plan to take part in special program activities related to this exhibition including lectures, curatorial talks and hands-on activities for all ages.

This exhibition was developed by Lord Cultural Resources for Magna Carta Canada and is presented at the CMHR.  Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forest are on loan from Durham Cathedral in the United Kingdom, and the tour has been organized by Lord Cultural Resources. www.magnacartacanada.ca

Exhibition Cost (general admission included)



Adult (Age 18 to 64)


Student (with student ID)


Senior (Age 65+)


Youth (Age 7 to 17)


Family (Max. 2 adults + 4 youths)


Children (Younger than 7)


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