Ottawa Tourism

Big Year, Big New Attractions

Ottawa’s museums are celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation with impressive projects that will live far beyond 2017. Be one of the first to experience the best of Canada in these new spaces at some of Canada’s most iconic attractions!

Canadian and Indigenous Galleries at the National Gallery of Canada

Opening June 15, 2017

Take a journey through the art that has shaped Canada’s cultural heritage by visiting the new permanent Canadian and Indigenous Galleries at the National Gallery of Canada. The redesigned space, which will open on June 15, 2017, will present Inuit and Aboriginal art, as well as contemporary art, in a chronological manner leading up to 2017. Celebrate the creativity of Canada’s artists!

Canada Goose Arctic Gallery at the Canadian Museum of Nature

Opening June 21, 2017

Cool off in the new permanent Arctic Gallery at the Canadian Museum of Nature which opens on June 21, 2017! The new space will celebrate the natural history and human connections of Canada’s North – a diverse region which represents about 40% of the country’s landmass. Where else can you view a projection of the Aurora Borealis and a display of a bowhead whale skull covered in lichens? There’s never been an easier way to experience this remote and fascinating region of Canada!

Canadian History Hall at the Canadian Museum of History

Opening July 1, 2017

Just in time for Canada’s 150th birthday on July 1st, 2017, the largest and most comprehensive exhibition about Canadian history ever created will open at the Canadian Museum of History! The new Canadian History Hall will span over 15,000 years of Canada’s history through interactive elements and priceless artifacts. Don’t miss this excursion through Canada’s past!


These new attractions are just part of a year-long lineup of celebrations taking place in Ottawa in honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary. Visit our Ottawa 2017 Events Highlights page to see more exciting events you can take part in during your visit to Ottawa! Book your hotel now!

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