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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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The National Gallery of Canada is one of the most striking landmarks in Ottawa. Designed by architect Moshe Safdie and opened in 1988, this stunning building of granite and glass houses Canada's exceptional art collection. Over 1,200 works from the permanent collection are on display, including from the Canadian, Indigenous, International, and Contemporary collections.
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Featuring aircrafts from all eras of flight, flight simulators, and many interactive exhibitions, there is always lots to see and do at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum! Stroll through the museum at your leisure, or make the most of your time by joining a guided tour (included with admission). Have you ever wanted to control a cockpit? Sit in an ejection seat? Ride in a biplane? The museum offers many exciting special programs and experiences.
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Did you know that Ottawa is the only capital city in the world with a working farm at its heart? At the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum there are many scenic areas where you can walk around or relax with a picnic lunch. Located at the Central Experimental Farm across from the Rideau Canal, this museum offers a rural retreat from city life with the chance to enjoy all the sights and sounds of a true farm!
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Conveniently located just ten minutes east of downtown Ottawa, the Canada Science and Technology Museum is the perfect place for the whole family to explore how Canada is transformed by technology. With a truly hands-on approach to discovery, you will find yourself pushing buttons, turning dials, and pulling levers in the many interactive exhibitions. With collections focusing on astronomy, communications, computer technology, and much more, there is a vast array of artifacts of all shapes and sizes to explore.
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What the Bank of Canada does may be a mystery to you, but we’re here to change all that. Come into our galleries to explore the economic lives of Canadians, travel through the history of money and discover the role the Bank of Canada plays in helping the Canadian economy run smoothly.
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Library and Archives Canada is the national memory bank. The Archives preserve tens of millions of records ranging from personal photographs to official government documents. Library and Archives Canada is open to all researchers, whether professional or amateur.
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Commissioned by Prime Minister John Diefenbaker in 1959, the bunker was meant to house Canadian government and institutions in the event of a nuclear attack. With four levels totaling 100,000 square feet, there is plenty for you to explore. You will feel as if you have travelled back in time as you explore the Prime Minister’s quarters, a Bank of Canada vault, a CBC Emergency Broadcasting Studio, the War Cabinet Room, and much more.
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Featured Exhibits

 

The Legacy of the Canadarm

The Canadarm, one of the country’s most famous technological achievements, made its space debut on November 13, 1981. Designed to deploy and retrieve objects in space, the robotic arm marked the beginning of Canada’s role in the Space Shuttle Program and positioned the country as a key partner in the International Space Station.
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Life in Orbit: The International Space Station

What is it like to live in space? This exhibition tells the story of daily life aboard the marvel of technology that is the International Space Station (ISS). Find out how the space station stays up in space. Learn how the ISS works -- through the eyes of the astronauts who’ve lived there -- and see some of the items from the Space station like a space toilet and exercise equipment.
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