Experiencing Ottawa's rich cultural and agricultural histories
- Ottawa Travel Guide
- Tuesday, 26 March 2013 09:50
Ottawa is one of the cultural centres of Canada, and as such has a diversity of museums and other unique attractions. Visitors to Ottawa should leave plenty of time in their itineraries to stop by the most popular, as well as some lesser-known, museums and art galleries, as Ottawa is home to a high number of attractions that are fun and exciting for the whole family.
Canadian Museum of Civilization
The Canadian Museum of Civilization has a variety of permanent and temporary exhibitions that unlock the history of a variety of regions. Visitors can first visit Canada Hall, which includes a visual history of the Norse landing in Newfoundland more than 1,000 years ago, as well as an Acadian exhibit and other historical components of the New France era.
After going through Canada Hall, visitors will have traveled from 1000 A.D. to the present day. The Grand Hall is a popular portion of the Canadian Museum of Civilization.
The First Peoples Hall gives visitors an enlivening and engaging look at the First Peoples of Canada, including the largest indoor display of totem poles in the world. While some of the houses in the Hall portray the history of native cultures, others educate interested parties in the struggles such populations face today.
The agricultural heart of Canada
The Canada Agriculture Museum is an excellent stop for any visitor to Ottawa, as the city is the only world capital that has a fully operational farm in its centre. This museum offers a variety of exhibitions related to the agricultural history of Canada and North America at large, as well as current conditions and where farmers are heading in the future.
Visitors to this establishment will get an opportunity to learn about the place of bees, as well as various livestock, in the nation's agricultural foundation. Additionally, the Energy Park exhibition, which is outdoors and popular in the spring and summer months, includes interactive activities that illustrate the place of farmers in the harvesting and management of energy.
Finally, the museum is home to a variety of animals, such as dairy cows, alpacas and pigs, that can be observed when visiting.