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Discover national treasures in Ottawa

Discover national treasures in Ottawa

When you’re craving soul-soothing, fascinating, entertaining and inspiring experiences, all you need is a visit to the many cultural attractions in the Ottawa region. Home to seven of Canada’s nine national museums as well as the country’s only official performing arts venue, there are always permanent spaces, temporary exhibits, special events and authentic programming to discover. Get away to Ottawa and get your culture boost all year long!

National treasures

Canadian Museum of History
Canadian Museum of History
Discover the events, people and objects that have shaped Canada at the Canadian Museum of History, across the Ottawa River from Parliament Hill.
Canadian War Museum
Canadian War Museum
Discover Canada’s rich military history at Ottawa’s Canadian War Museum through artifacts, personal stories, artwork, photos and interactive presentations.
National Arts Centre
National Arts Centre
Catch a show at the National Arts Centre, the only bilingual, multidisciplinary performing arts centre in Canada, and one of the largest such centres in the world.
National Gallery of Canada
National Gallery of Canada
Discover contemporary and historical artworks - including paintings, sculptures, photographs and multimedia installations - in this landmark site located near the vibrant ByWard Market area.
Canadian Museum of Nature
Canadian Museum of Nature
Explore the fascinating science related to fossils, mammals, minerals, birds, plate tectonics, Arctic discovery and more in a historic building minutes from Parliament Hill.
Canada Aviation and Space Museum
Canada Aviation and Space Museum
Discover Canada’s aviation and aerospace history—from the 1909 Silver Dart to the International Space Station—at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum.
Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
Meet cute farm animals and learn where your food comes from on a family-friendly visit to the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum.
Canada Science and Technology Museum
Canada Science and Technology Museum
Learn about steam locomotives, gold miners, climate change, hydroelectricity and more at the family-friendly Canada Science and Technology Museum.

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Canadian Museum of History
What’s on at museums in Ottawa
Planning to visit Ottawa’s many fascinating museums? Get all the info you need, including hours, ticket access, programming and other practical details.
Forever Changed – Stories from the Second World War
Special exhibits
Special exhibits are always plentiful at Ottawa-area museums. Here are just a few of the current and upcoming temporary exhibits.
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Where to stay
The Ottawa region offers a broad range of urban and rural accommodations including campgrounds, hostels, B&Bs, luxury hotels and more.

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