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

Opened 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 opened on June 15, 2017, presents 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

Opened June 21, 2017

Explore the Arctic in a cool, new gallery at the Canadian Museum of Nature! Discover the natural history, diversity, and impacts of change in the North. Come face to face with a polar bear, caribou and muskox. Examine a bowhead whale skull. Learn about Inuit culture in the Northern Voices Gallery. Enjoy the amazing, multisensory experience, “Beyond Ice”, co-created with the National Film Board of Canada. There’s never been an easier way to experience this remote, unique region of Canada! 

Canadian History Hall at the Canadian Museum of History

Opened 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 opened at the Canadian Museum of History! The new Canadian History Hall spans 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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