All of the national museums located in Ottawa–Gatineau, as well as the National Arts Centre, are part of Canada’s Capital Museums Passport.
Canada Aviation and Space Museum
Canada Science and Technology Museum
Canadian Museum of History
Canadian Museum of Nature
Canadian War Museum
Royal Canadian Mint
National Arts Centre
Virtual Museum of Canada
Other National Treasures
For information about opening hours and special exhibitions, please visit each individual museum’s website.
Live farm animals, daily demonstrations and fascinating exhibitions bring to life the sights and sounds of traditional farm life and Canada’s unique agricultural heritage. The historical and current importance in everyday life of agricultural science and technology is waiting to be discovered, through engaging interpretive activities on our accessible demonstration farm.
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum is Canada’s national aviation museum, and is home to an internationally renowned aeronautical collection. The museum is located at the intersection of the Aviation and Rockcliffe parkways, just 10 minutes from Parliament Hill.
So much to discover! 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 and technological objects in Canada. Climb aboard real trains. Try your hand at fascinating experiments. See for yourself how science and technology affect your everyday life. Located only minutes from downtown Ottawa.
A cultural experience you won’t want to miss! Explore 1,000 years of Canadian history as you travel through life-sized townscapes and environments from across the country, and as you meet some of Canada’s most remarkable figures. Discover a traditional West Coast aboriginal village and take in the world’s largest indoor collection of totem poles. The Museum also features outstanding international exhibitions and is home to the Canadian Children’s Museum, the Canadian Postal Museum and an IMAX® Theatre.
Experience the wonders of nature in this fully restored, century-old, Gothic-style castle. Magnificent new galleries will take you on a journey of discovery, from tiny insects to a complete skeleton of a blue whale — the largest animal in the world! Dazzling rocks and minerals, aquariums and other “water-world” delights, fleshed-out dinosaurs and a dizzying array of fossils, astonishing birds and majestic mammals will inspire you like never before.
The Canadian War Museum takes you on an exciting journey through the personal, national and international dimensions of Canada’s military history. The museum’s unparalleled collection, ranging from medals and works of art to military artillery, including a CF-Voodoo jet fighter, brings home the moving first-hand accounts of the women, men and children who lived through conflicts.
See Canada in one day through the World’s largest Canadian Art Collection only at the National Gallery of Canada. Every visit is unique because 1,200 art works are displayed on rotation and special exhibitions are presented throughout the year. Follow a tour, make art of your own, or stay for lunch and enjoy the spectacular views both inside and out!
Experience a rush – a gold rush that is! Discover how molten metal is transformed into cherished treasures, hold 99.99% pure gold in your two hands, relive the legends of Canada's past, then stop at the boutique and purchase a treasure for your future. Canada's world-renowned mint – feel the rush!
Come and experience Canada's best Theatre, Dance and Music performances year round! The National Arts Centre is home to the world-renowned NAC Orchestra as well as world-class dining at our Le Café restaurant, which also offers a wonderful view of the Rideau Canal for lunch and dinner.
virtualmuseum.ca brings together the riches of Canada’s museum collections to create one endless source of discovery. It’s a unique interactive space full of thought-provoking and instructive content. It’s your window on museum news and your reference guide for planning your next outing. Enter your Canadian museum space!