Ottawa 2017

In 2017, experience Canadian arts and culture with a sesquicentennial twist.


Canadian History Hall 

A flint arrowhead. A brass astrolabe. An iron railway spike. All objects bearing witness to a story of conflict, struggle and loss, but also one of accomplishment, success and hope. Welcome to the new Canadian History Hall, where evidence of the past tells a tale as vast and varied as the land itself.

Occupying more than 40,000 square feet, this signature gallery will trace Canada’s history from the dawn of human habitation to the present day. Authentic artifacts and stories are explored through various lenses, as visitors encounter the events, movements and personalities that have shaped our nation, and whose influence on our lives can still be felt today.

The largest and most ambitious exhibition project ever undertaken by the Canadian Museum of History, the Canadian History Hall is our gift to the people of Canada as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation.



Canada Goose Arctic Gallery

If you’re interested in animals and nature, you don’t want to miss the Canadian Museum of Nature! The brand new and permanent Canada Goose Arctic Gallery will open on June 21, 2017. The new gallery is part of the museum’s five-year initiative to enhance and advance research, collections, education and exhibits focusing on Canada’s majestic Arctic.



Home to massive steam powered trains and many other Canadian technological advancements, this museum is currently closed as it is undergoing an $80.5-million renovation. The renovation will see new exhibition spaces, fire-suppression systems as well as modern exterior and interior facades put in place, among many other things. The museum will reopen on Nov. 17, 2017.



Canadian Galleries

In May 2017, the Gallery will unveil its re-envisioned Canadian Galleries. Not since its construction in 1988 has the Gallery seen such an extensive rethink of this 45,000-square-foot space. Inuit and Aboriginal art as well as contemporary art will be presented in a chronological manner leading up to 2017. Special exhibits at the Gallery in 2017 will include the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts, Laurent Amiot and the Canadian Biennial, which will highlight recent acquisitions of Canadian art.



Housed in Ottawa’s oldest stone building – originally used during the construction of the famous Rideau Canal – this museum will celebrate its hundredth anniversary in 2017! Make sure to stop by this quaint attraction for some special activities as it marks this very important milestone.


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