Organization: Canadian Museum of Civilization
Year: 1989, retired 2013
Designer: Unknown



Two somewhat similar versions of the Civilization logo were in use between the years of 1989 and 2013. Both incorporate a stylized maple leaf and rolling shapes inspired from the outside structure of the museum, located in Gatineau, Quebec.

One main difference between the two logos is the use of the Peace Tower from the Canadian parliament buildings, positioned in the centre of the earlier logo’s maple leaf.

The Civilization logo has appeared by itself and as part of a corporate signature, with its English and French titles.

Common colour treatments included solid black and solid white, and a full colour version with a red maple leaf, blue rolling shapes, and black letterforms.

The Civilization logo was retired after the museum’s name change in 2013. It was replaced by the “M” logo, created by the design agency Taxi.


The Canadian Museum of Civilization is a federal Crown corporation, established under the Museums Act, which came into force on July 1st, 1990.

The museum has existed in some form since the 1800s. Before it became the Canadian Museum of Civilization, it was known as the National Museum of Man. Its name was changed once again, in 2013, to the Canadian Museum of History.

The museum’s mandate is to enhance Canadians’ knowledge, understanding and appreciation of events, experiences, people and objects that reflect and have shaped Canada’s history and identity and also to enhance their awareness of world history and cultures.