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Embassy of Canada gallery exhibit: Murals from a Great Canadian Train


  • Embassy of Canada Art Gallery 501 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20001 United States (map)

The Embassy of Canada art gallery is located next to the Newseum, at 501 Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

Open to the public: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

In 1953, the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) purchased 173 brand-new stainless steel rail cars from the Budd Company of Philadelphia. With the glass ceiling design in its Vista Dome cars, “The Canadian” became the quintessential cross-country train experience. To highlight the natural beauty along the route and to promote tourism, CPR decided that Canada’s national and provincial parks should be the inspiration for the interior design of “The Canadian” rail cars. In 1954 the Royal Canadian Academy was asked to coordinate the selection of leading Canadian artists to paint murals for each of the 18 Vista Dome cars.

The murals are of parks from every province and three are by members of Canada's Group of Seven - AY Jackson, AJ Casson, and Edwin Holgate. Seventeen of the murals are now a part of the Canada Science and Technology Museum’s artifact collection. The Embassy of the Canada is delighted to showcase these murals and the everlasting beauty of Canada’s national and provincial parks. 

The Embassy will host this exhibit from May 16, 2016 until September 16, 2016.