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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

Children's MuseumCanadian Children's Museum

Bring your kids to the Canadian Children’s Museum and they won’t want to leave! The Museum lets them travel the world, enriching their lives and broadening their experience by exploring other cultures through exhibitions, props, costumes and hands-on artifacts, including an extraordinary assortment of toys and games. It’s a fun, memorable first step in a child’s understanding of the arts, culture and history. [+] read more

WitnessArctic Voices

Challenge your perceptions about the Arctic in this all-new exhibition at the Canadian Museum of Nature. Arctic Voices takes you on a journey to a rapidly-changing land and shows us our connections to the Arctic environment, people and wildlife. Enjoy many engaging interactive components to discover what affects the Arctic and in turn, how the Arctic has an impact on the whole planet. [+] read more


On Nov. 9, 1989, the wall between East and West Berlin came down reuniting a city and a country, and marking the end of the Cold War. The Berlin Wall came to be a symbol of division and a barrier to a peaceful resolution of over 30 years of tension. This exhibit at the Diefenbunker Museum celebrates this moment as an acknowledgement of the hundreds of thousands acts of civil courage that led to the end of the Cold War.  [+] read more

Living in SpaceLiving in Space

Learn how to adapt to the rigours of daily life on board the International Space Station (ISS). This exhibit at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum will show you how astronauts work and play in a weightless environment, and how they tackle such basics as personal hygiene, eating, and sleeping among the stars. [+] read more

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