As the Nation’s Capital, Ottawa his home to Canada’s premiere museums, including the War Museum, the Museum of Civilization, and the National Art Gallery. Besides the national institutions, there are also a number of smaller local museums as well.
- Bank of Canada Currency Museum
Explore the evolution of money around the world and through the ages. A fascinating variety of media of exchange including shells, teeth, and cocoa beans, as well as today’s currency.
- Canada Agriculture Museum
This is a living museum, part of the historic Central Experimental Farm. A favourite with kids for all the barnyard animals.
- Canada Aviation and Space Museum
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum is recognized as having the most extensive aviation collection in Canada and one which ranks among the best in the world.
- Canadian Museum of History
Canada’s national museum of cultural history and the most-visited museum in the country. The museum showcases the human history of Canada and the cultural diversity of its people. Many special exhibits and special events, and also home to Ottawa’s IMAX theatre. (Formerly the Canadian Museum of Civilization.)
- Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography
A collection of photographs spanning more than forty years, from the 1960s to the present. It’s one of the few national museums devoted to photography in the world. It’s housed in the National Gallery.
- Canadian Museum of Nature
Kids will probably know this one best as the “dinosaur museum” for its gallery of fossil skeletons. But there’s more: dazzling minerals and rocks, iconic mammals, countless birds, live creepy crawlies, live freshwater fish and marine creatures, a 19-metre real blue whale skeleton and a glowing exhibition on creatures that produce their own light.
- Canadian Museum of Science & Technology – CLOSED until further notice due to structural problems
A world-class collection that celebrates Canadian scientific and technical innovations. Lots of hands-on activities for kids, including buttons to press and locomotives to ride on.
- National Gallery of Canada
One of the world’s most respected art institutions, renowned for its exceptional collections, revered for its scholarship, and applauded for its unique ability to engage audiences of all ages and all levels of artistic knowledge. Created in 1880, the National Gallery of Canada is among the oldest of Canada’s national cultural institutions.
- Canadian War Museum
Located in a spectacular new building on Lebreton Flats, the museum presents Canada’s military past and how it shaped the country. Its outstanding exhibitions explain Canada s rich military history from earliest times to the present, featuring the experiences of people on the battlefields and at home.
- Ottawa Museum Network
A network of 10 local community museums.
- Barbie Museum (Stittsville)
- Billings Estate National Historic Site
- Bytown Museum
- Canadian Clock Museum (Deep River)
- Canadian Ski Museum
- City of Ottawa Museums
- Cumberland Heritage Village Museum
- Diefenbunker – Canada’s Cold War Museum (Carp)
- Goulbourn Museum (Stittsville)
- Mississippi Valley Textile Museum (Almonte)
- Nepean Museum
- Osgoode Township Museum
- Pinhey’s Point Historic Site
- Spencerville Mill (Spencerville)
- Vanier Museopark
- Watson’s Mill (Manotick)
- More museums via Virtual Museums…
This site that lists 50 museums in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec, including many lesser-known venues.
- Please see our Ottawa Art Guide…