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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!

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


The Intimate World of Josef Sudek

28th October 2016 - 26th February 2017

Photographer Josef Sudek (1896-1976) produced some of the twentieth centuries most haunting images taken throught he window of his studio, as well as gardens, parks and streets of his beloved city, Prague.
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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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Cutline: The Photography Archives of the Globe and Mail

28 October 2016 – 12 February 2017

The Globe and Mail archived over 700,000 photographs over the decades. These have been difitized and over 15,000 prints donated to the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada.
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The Advent of Abstraction: Russia, 1914-1923

09 Decemeber 2016 - 12 March 2017

This exhibition centres on the emergence of the movement in Moscow from 1915 to 1917. Pulling together more than 20 works of the Russian avant-garde, highlights include a rare relief sculpture by Vladimir Tatlin and a major suprematist painting by Kazimir Malevich
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Until 08 April 2017

Discover cool facts about the misunderstood animal group of reptiles! Get up close and personal with colourful lizards, deadly snakes, bizarre turtles and an alligator. In total, 30 animals that represent 19 different species are waiting for you.
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"Nice Women don't want the Vote"

05 October 2016- 12 March 2017

"Nice women don't want the vote" said by the Manitoba premier Rodmond Roblin in 1914. A display of historical artifacts and photos introduces the arguments towards women's enfranchisement in the province, and the ultimate victories achieved.
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Horse Power! The Paul-Bievenu Horse Carriage Collection

March 24th, 2016 to April 17th, 2017

Exquisite craftsmanship blends with the romance of bygone days in this sumptuous exhibition of 18 horse-drawn sleighs and carriages, handcrafted between 1770 and 1950, and on loan from Québec’s Musées de la civilisation Paul-Bienvenu Carriage Collection. An exhibition developed by the Musées de la civilisation, Quebec City, and presented by the Canadian Museum of History, Gatineau.
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Deadly Skies - Air war, 1914-1918

June 10th 2016 to January 29th 2017

Experience the lives of nine people from both sides of conflict who experienced the first air war. Their stories are told through authentic artifacts to create a graphic novel presentation and provide insight into the history and consequences of the first air war.
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Preserved in Stone - Underground Art of the first World War

October 17th 2016 - January 7th 2018

Beneath france lies a hidden world of tunnels and old chalk quarries used by first world war armies of both sides for storage and stage attacks. Many troops left their mark by carving images and scratching their names into the stone.
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Traces of the First World war - Newfoundland and Labrador

June 14th 2016 - February 26th 2017

A photo exhibition of the deep impact on people, communities and ideas from Newfoundland's great war.
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Alex Janvier


This new exhibit highlights the works of Alex Janvier, an Aboriginal and contemporary artist. Born in 1935 to Mary and Alex Janvier, the artist was one of 10 of the family’s children to grow up on the Le Goff Reserve of the Cold Lake First Nations in northern Alberta. Janvier’s works are characterized by his cultural and spiritual heritage as well as the history of modernist abstract painting.
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