Explore the Great Museums

Explore the Great Museums

The National Gallery, Canadian War Museum, Royal Ontario Museum, Canadian Museum of History, Gallery of Ontario – these are just some of the stunning museums that breathe life into the culture and history of Canada. With striking exteriors designed by architects like Moshe Safdie and Daniel Libeskind, these great halls of Canadiana belong on the nation’s Bucket List.

Length of Trip : At least a half-day per museum

Best time to go : Museums are open year round.

Wheelchair friendly : Yes

Family friendly : Yes

Official Site : National Museum Museum of Civilization AGO ROM

Getting There : For maps, parking, public transit and directions: National Gallery Museum of Civilization AGO ROM

Note from Robin : If you have coats, check them. You’re going to be a while and you want to be comfortable. Make sure you get a map, and make a plan to see the things you want to first, with time to wander. Take rests if you’re getting tired. The museums typically have lovely courtyards or places to relax. Exit through the gift shop, which these days are carefully curated to be destinations unto themselves.

Ottawa’s major museums are central and easy to walk to.

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