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As the nation's capital, Ottawa has an enormous amount of history and culture that can intrigue even the most informed traveler. Find information about Ottawa's art & photography galleries, historical sites, attractions, museums, current exhibits and much, much more!

Ottawa's Hottest Museums


Prepare to be awe-struck by the power and beauty of our planet at the Canadian Museum of Nature. Housed in the Victoria Memorial Museum Building, but known to locals as “the castle,” this impressive limestone building (built in 1905, and beautifully renovated in 2010) is a true Ottawa landmark. The world-class display of galleries and exhibitions will be sure to delight visitors of all ages.
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Discover the events, experiences, people and objects that have shaped the nations's culture and history. The Museum of History, formerly the Canadian Museum of Civilization, features permanent and international exhibitions, a 3D IMAX® Theatre and the renowned Canadian Children's Museum where young visitors discover one incredible destination after another. A world of discovery where parents have as much fun as their kids!
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Telling the story of how our country has been shaped by conflict, the Canadian War Museum is truly a national treasure that every Canadian, and visitor who wishes to better understand Canada, should visit. This world-class museum preserves our national heritage by telling the stories of all Canadians affected by war, and by honouring the sacrifices of those who have served our country.
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Featured Exhibits

EmpressEmpress of Ireland: Canada's Titanic

Travel back to May 14, 1914, when Canada’s greatest maritime disaster struck. The Empress of Ireland was carrying 1,477 passengers that night and lost an estimated 1,032 when two ships collided in the St. Lawrence River. Visit this special exhibit at the Canadian Museum of History and be transported back to a tragic time in Canada’s history. Hear the brave story of a survivor and learn what really happened on that foggy spring night. [+] read more

WitnessWitness: Canadian Art of the First World War

Imagine witnessing the horror of the First World War through the eyes of an artist... what would you see?

This is the inspiration for "Witness: Canadian Art of the First World War," a new exhibition at the Canadian War Museum featuring a huge collection of art created by war artists and regular soldiers alike. [+] read more

Science You EatFood Preservation: The Science You Eat

Feeling hungry? This new exhibition from the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum will have you looking at your food, and how it got to your plate, in a whole new way. [+] read more



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