CANADA POLITICS
12/12/2013 14:35 EST | Updated 02/11/2014 05:59 EST

Canadian Museum of History bill poised to get royal assent

The Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Que., is poised to become the Canadian Museum of History after passing third reading in the Senate Wednesday.

The legislation rebranding the museum is expected to receive royal assent Thursday.

The federal government has tied the rebranding in anticipation of plans to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017.

The museum is expected to include displays on major milestones since Confederation, including the Last Spike from construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway, Montreal Canadiens legend Maurice (Rocket) Richard's hockey jersey and items from Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope.

The Museum of Civilization's First Peoples Hall, a permanent exhibit of aboriginal artifacts from across Canada, is expected to remain where it is, as will areas such as the children's museum and the IMAX theatre.