Located on a national heritage site, the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum is the world’s only working farm in the heart of a capital city.
The museum offers visitors a unique opportunity to see diverse breeds of farm animals—important to past and present Canadian agriculture—and to learn about the food they eat. In addition to breeds common to Canadian agriculture, such as Holstein dairy cows and Angus beef cows, the museum also has Canadienne and Milking Shorthorn dairy cows, and Tamworth pigs. Many other breeds of dairy and beef cattle, pigs, sheep, horses, poultry, goats, rabbits and even honeybees round out the collection.
Museum programs and exhibitions are related to Canada’s agricultural heritage, food literacy, and the benefits and relationship of agricultural science and technology to Canadians’ everyday lives.
Seasonal events include Easter on the Farm, the Sheep Shearing Festival, the Ice Cream Festival, and the Thanksgiving Harvest Weekend. Public programming also includes school programs, summer day camps, interpretive tours, demonstrations, and joint undertakings with community groups and associations.
Visit the Animals
Get up close and personal with a number of animals at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum. In the barns and barnyards, you’ll see different breeds of various farm animals.
Don’t forget to look for the Museum’s heritage breeds!
See the Exhibitions
The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum features fun, interactive exhibitions showcasing Canada’s agricultural history as well as contemporary agricultural problems and solutions. Current exhibitions include:
- Food Preservation: The Science You Eat, this new exhibition highlights the role science plays in delaying food decay and keeping food nutritious and safe from farm to fork.
- Discovery Park – Outdoor Exhibition, Help harvest Canada’s newest crop, renewable energy, at this interactive outdoor exhibit.
- Tractors, which follows the machine’s 100-year journey from oddity to essential
- Canola! Seeds of Innovation, Explore our dynamic hands-on exhibition featuring the ingenuity behind this “made in Canada” crop in the lad, on the farm, and in our daily lives.
Watch, Ride, and Play
The fun never stops at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum. Check out our daily demonstrations, hitch a ride on the horse-drawn Tally-Ho wagon, or play in the outdoor play structure.
Picnic at the Museum
The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum is ideal for picnics! In the shade of the apple blossoms, under a tent or in the sun, visitors can enjoy the sights and sounds of the outdoors as they snack or have lunch. The Museum has vending machines but does not offer food services. No barbecues or hibachis allowed.
The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum is ideal for families and school groups. Plan your visit today.
Visit our sister museums
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