Ontario is home to many great museums, and Ottawa is one destination that you don’t want to miss if history and science are your forte. Check out these 7 museums in Canada’s capital city that are sure to appease your thirst for knowledge.
The Bytown Museum, PO Box 523 Ottawa K1P 1L1
The Bytown Museum – Where Ottawa Begins True tales of courage, passion and scandal! Experience the stories and relics of the people who made Ottawa what it is today – uncensored, unembellished and unforgettable! Opened in 1917 and housed in Ottawa’s oldest stone building, the Bytown Museum presents exhibits, programs and special events that trace the history of Ottawa’s early years, from the construction of the Rideau Canal to the city’s emergence as the nation’s capital and beyond. The Bytown Museum is located alongside the Rideau Canal in downtown Ottawa, between Parliament Hill and the Château Laurier.
A unique family learning adventure awaits you! This fresh-air experience will awaken your senses as you discover the fascinating world of agriculture and food. Visit the animal barns and explore the captivating exhibitions. See renewable energy in action in the Museum’s exhibition Energy Park: Nature at Work, try to spot the queen bee in the live observation hive in Taking Care of Beeness, and explore Tractors, where you can even climb inside a farmer’s ‘office in the field.’
Canada Aviation and Space Museum, 11 Aviation Parkway, P.O. Box 9724 Station T Ottawa K1G5A3
Spread your wings and discover the fascinating world of air and space travel at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum. Explore the history of aviation by touring one of the world’s finest collections of military and civilian aircraft, and look to the future with Green Skies Ahead, an exhibition highlighting the next 50 years of carbon-friendly innovation in air travel. Space enthusiasts of all ages will love seeing the iconic Canadarm up close, and learning what daily life is like for an astronaut on the International Space Station (ISS) in the exhibition, Living in Space.
Canada Science And Technology Museum, 1867 St. Laurent Blvd. Ottawa K1G5A3
Located only minutes from downtown Ottawa, Canada’s largest science and technology museum is a great hands-on experience for visitors of all ages. Discover some of the most important scientific objects in Canada. Climb aboard real trains, try your hand at fascinating experiments, and see for yourself how science and technology affect our everyday lives.
The Canadian Museum of Nature, 240 McLeod Street (at Metcalfe) Ottawa K2P2R1
The Canadian Museum of Nature, one of the national capital’s main attractions, is the place to enjoy Canada’s natural treasures. Magnificent, world-class galleries – housed in a beautifully renovated, century-old, Gothic-style ‘castle’ – showcase fossils, mammals, birds, minerals, and more. Marvel at a complete Blue Whale skeleton in the RBC Blue Water Gallery. See hundreds of dazzling minerals and learn about the powerful forces that have shaped our planet in the Vale Earth Gallery. See countless specimens in the Bird Gallery. Enjoy dioramas of Canada’s iconic wildlife in the Mammal Gallery.
Canadian War Museum, 1 Vimy Place Ottawa K1A 0M8
Discover the military history of Canada through a vast collection of artifacts, moving personal stories, works of art, and unforgettable photography. Explore the human conflicts that have shaped Canada, Canadians and the world. A must-see is the panoramic LeBreton Gallery, which houses a Voodoo jet, tanks, artillery, and a wide range of military vehicles. The highlight of any visit is the Museum’s extensive permanent exhibition, which chronicles Canada’s military past from ancient times to the contemporary period. With its prize-winning, richly symbolic architecture, the War Museum, located near downtown Ottawa, provides a spectacular setting for exhibitions, public programs and other events that illustrate the way in which human conflict, in Canada and around the globe, has changed the face of the world.
The National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive Ottawa K1N 9N4
The National Gallery of Canada is located in one of the most spectacular sites in Ottawa – along Ottawa’s historic ByWard Market, overlooking the Ottawa River and the Canadian Parliament Buildings. Its award-winning architecture, featuring the luminous Great Hall, spacious galleries, and interior gardens and courtyards, is itself worth the visit. As the permanent home of the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of Canadian art, the National Gallery is the country’s finest art museum and a top attraction in Ottawa, Ontario. Visitors can enjoy seasonal special exhibitions and audio tours in English, French, Mandarin, German and Spanish. You’ll want to take advantage of the panoramic views of the Parliament Buildings by dining at the Cafétéria des Beaux-Arts. Browse the Boutique stocked with an excellent selection of books with Canadian handcrafted jewelry and international designer gifts. Visit our website for more information www.gallery.ca on exhibitions and admission.