CBC Museum

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Coordinates: 43°38′41″N 79°23′17″W / 43.644833°N 79.388194°W / 43.644833; -79.388194

CBC Museum
CBCMuseum-Exterior.jpg
Established 1994
Location 250 Front Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Website www.cbc.ca/museum/

The CBC Museum is dedicated to the preserving the physical heritage and archival materials relating to the history of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. It is located in the Canadian Broadcasting Centre at 250 Front Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The museum was founded in 1994.

The museum features a number of interactive exhibits where people can call up excerpts from famous CBC television shows, including children's series, news and sport events.

Major exhibits[edit]

CBC Museum Collection

Two major exhibits are currently on display at the museum: Growing Up with CBC and CBC Radio Sound Effects. The former features various props, puppets, photos, and video clips from two CBC children's shows: Mr. Dressup and Sesame Park, although the Neighborhood Trolley from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood is also on display. The latter displays many of the objects and equipment used by the sound effects department at the CBC for many years. In addition, the museum has an interactive video area where clips from various documentary and news programs over the years can be viewed, as well as exhibits of vintage recording equipment, cameras and microphones. The exhibits actually extend beyond the somewhat-modest size of the museum, with Casey and Finnegan's treehouse from Mr. Dressup located across from the entrance, and additional exhibits of memorabilia and photographs in display cases around the CBC lobby.

Loss of Friendly Giant artifacts[edit]

Props for The Friendly Giant had been on display, but were removed at the request of the family of Bob Homme after the CBC allowed the props to be used in a skit at the 2007 Gemini Awards without the family's permission.[1] The castle wall and window that Friendly would lean over to talk to Jerome and Rusty, however, is still in the museum.

Adjacent theatre[edit]

Adjacent to the Museum is the Graham Spry Theatre, a small 40-seat venue projects video onto a screen made to look like a giant version of a 1950's era wooden television set. It displays a loop of selected classic CBC television shows. Shows rotate on a monthly basis. Past selections have included episodes from such series as Peppiatt & Aylesworth, The Tommy Hunter Show, The Frantics, 4 on the Floor, and The Kids in the Hall.

Public access[edit]

The museum is open weekdays from 9am - 5pm. It is closed statutory holidays. The facility is wheelchair accessible.

Affiliations[edit]

The Museum is affiliated with: CMA, CHIN, and Virtual Museum of Canada.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lostracco, Marc (2007-11-28). "Retired Puppets Retired From CBC Museum". Torontoist. Retrieved 2008-01-12. 

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