Museums are one of my favourite places to go. Whether I'm looking at dinosaur bones or extremely old coins, I love it all. The best part about museums is that most of them are FREE on Thursdays after 5 pm (yes, please).
Ottawa has so many museums with so many interesting exhibits. There have been so many opening up this year and there is still more to come. Museums are perfect places to go to if it's cold outside and you still want to do something with your day. I'm sorry to tell you, but winter is coming and this list is sure to give you a hand in planning some days out.
Canadian Museum of Nature // 240 McLeod Street
This is the museum that is responsible for releasing polar bears to roam around Ottawa for a couple of days. Every Thursday from 5 to 8 pm the permanent exhibitions are free to visit. Some special exhibits include Canada Goose Arctic Gallery, Northern Voices Gallery, and Canadian Wildlife Photography of the Year.
Canada Aviation and Space Museum // 11 Aviation Pkwy
If you want to see an insane amount of unique planes then head to this museum. Admission is free every day between 4 pm and 5 pm. Some exhibits include Life in Orbit: The International Space Station, The Legacy of the Canadarm, and Air Canada: People, Places, and Planes.
Canadian Museum of History // 100 Laurier Street
This museum just opened up a new exhibit and it's insane. Every Thursday from 5 to 8 pm the museum is free to visit. Some exhibits include The Canadian History Hall, Horse Power, Hockey, and Canada Day 1.
The Bank of Canada Museum // 30 Bank Street
This museum just re-opened and it is totally free (all the time)! Head here to see exhibits like The Canada 150 Bank Note Making, Decoding E-money, and Voices From The Engraver.
Canada Agriculture Museum // 901 Prince of Wales Drive
If you're a lover of animals and nature you want to head to this museum ASAP. Admission is free every day between 4 pm and 5 pm. Some exhibits include Canola! Seeds of Innovation, New Discovery Zone: Soil Lab, and Space to Spoon.
Canadian War Museum // 1 Vimy Place
If you love learning about WW1 or WW2 definitely check out this museum. Every Thursday from 5 to 8 pm there is free general admission. Some special exhibits include; Vimy Beyond the Battle, The Fenians, Preserved in Stone, and the Canadian Jewish Experience.
National Gallery of Canada // 380 Sussex Drive
The National Gallery of Canada is perfect for you if you love art. Every Thursday from 5 to 8 pm there is free admission to national galleries. Special exhibits this year include Canadian and Indigenous Art, Our Masterpieces Our Stories, Photography in Canada, and PhotoLab 2: Women Speaking Art.
Bytown Museum // 1 Canal Lane
Head to this museum to learn about the cultural heritage of Ottawa. Every Thursday from 5 to 8 pm admission is free. Some exhibits include Ottawa Begins Here, A Century of Community, and Your Community Gallery.
Canada Science and Technology Museum // 2421 Lancaster Road
This museum hasn't opened yet but I can already tell it's going to be worth visiting. The museum opens on November 17th 2017. Some exhibits include Game Changers, Echoes in the Ice: Finding Franklin’s Ship, and Canadian Women of Innovation.