This essay considers the intentions of the twenty-first century narrative history museum in relation to the museological genreâs predecessor in eighteenth-century France. In particular; the example of the newly-founded Canadian Museum for Human Rights; Canadaâs first and only museum dedicated entirely to the subject of human rights; and the first federal museum to be erected outside of the nationâs capital in 40 years; signals great change in the contemporary concept of ânationâ. The globalized world we inhabit has given rise to a new historiography: one that is transnational and that addresses such universal issues as human rights; oppression; violence; and pandemic crises such as AIDS. In light of the new historiography and political landscape of our shared global community; this essay considers the impact of globalization on the museum institution; by examining the foundations and conceptual development of the most recent type of narrative history museum to appear in Canada. Broadly speaking; this article asks what it means to present the new historiography in the context of the contemporary narrative history museum; while exploring the implications of exhibiting this subject matter and how it engages the critical consciousness and imagination of a universal citizenry.