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Sandy Hill – only 20 minutes by foot from Parliament Hill in Ottawa – is a leafy neighbourhood of stately historic homes and buildings where extraordinary history hides in plain sight.
Its invisible web of places, people and events make it one of the most unique and important cultural landscapes in the country, one that holds some of the most important stories, secrets and scandals in the country’s history.
But most Canadians have never heard of Sandy Hill.
We want to change that. Prime Ministers’ Row seeks to transform Sandy Hill’s tremendous history and built heritage into Canada’s first street museum. As a gathering place for all Canadians, it will be the only place in the country dedicated to the lives and legacies of Canada’s Prime Ministers.
Prime Ministers are polarizing figures with personal and political legacies that both unite and divide. Traditionally, their stories are much better known than those of the people they affected. Amidst the extraordinary architecture of Sandy Hill — the neighbourhood in which most of Canada’s first settler leaders lived and worked — PMR’s visitors will see history through a fresh and contemporary lens:
PMR aims to:
- Explore the legacies of Canada’s former prime ministers and other historical figures who shaped today’s Canada, for better and for worse.
- Better understand, contextualize and learn from the impact of these legacies on people and communities across the country.
- Feature lesser-known stories, silenced and unheard voices, fresh outlooks and contemporary viewpoints in order to paint a complete picture of Canada’s past, present and potential future from multiple perspectives.
Vision, Mission & Values
We believe that a thriving culture of democracy begins with engaged individuals and connected communities. Prime Ministers’ Row will contribute to greater equity and inclusion by creating spaces for dialogue and shared experiences.
Our mission is to enable citizens and visitors to discover, debate, and reflect on the legacies of Canada's Prime Ministers by transforming Sandy Hill’s historical public spaces into an inclusive outdoor cultural destination.
Our Core Values
Inclusivity: We value diversity in all its forms and work toward equality. We are a politically non-partisan organization.
Relevance: We are connected to our community and society, and we strive to make the past relevant to the present and the future.
Collaboration: We believe that we are stronger when working together. We build meaningful relationships throughout our projects.
Creativity: We are open to new ideas, change, and innovation. We have the courage to lead new ways of doing things.
Humility: We are committed to listening to others and we value respectful social interactions.
Prime Ministers’ Row is committed to fulfilling all of the relevant Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action related to Museums and Archives.
Sandy Hill, like all of Ottawa, sits on the unceded and traditional territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabe Nation. See PMR’s land acknowledgement.