Free Museums and Galleries in Ottawa

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There are many reasons to visit Canada's capital, Ottawa. You may be familiar with Parliament Hill, the historic Rideau Canal (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and the ByWard Market, but did you know that Ottawa also boasts a sizable collection of museums and art galleries?

Dealiem is here to show you how to get the best deals when accessing these museums (and by best 'deals', we really mean free).

Canadian Museum of History

Canadian Museum of History
located in the Hull area of Gatineau, Quebec, directly across the Ottawa River from Parliament Hill

The Canadian Museum of History is one of Canada's largest and most visited museums in Canada. It welcomes over 1.2 million visitors each year (comparable to the Royal Ontario Museum). With breathtaking views, elaborate architecture, and fascinating exhibits, visitors can explore Canada's rich cultural heritage, including the outstanding achievements of Canada's First Nations.

The deal:
Admission is $17 for adults.
Thursday 5-8pm: free admission (online booking required).

Canadian War Museum

Canadian Museum of History
The Canadian War Museum overlooking the Ottawa River

The Canadian War Museum is one of the world's most respected museums for the study and understanding of armed conflict. With a focus on the human experience of war, this Museum take visitors through the military history of Canada, so that we may honour, remember, and learn from our past.

The deal: Admission is $17 for adults.
Thursday 5-8pm: free admission (online booking required).

National Gallery of Canada

National Gallery of Canada
The National Gallery overlooking the Ottawa River and opposite Canada's Parliament

The National Gallery of Canada houses our nation's most comprehensive collection of Canadian art, including artwork by Emily Carr, Alex Colville, Tom Thomson, and the Group of Seven. The museum's permanent collection includes over 93,000 works from European, American, Asian, Canadian, and indigenous Canadian artists.

The deal: Admission is $16 for adults.
Thursday 5-8pm: free admission to the National Collection(online booking required).

Canada Aviation and Space Museum

Canada Aviation and Space Museum
The museum has more than 130 civil and military aircraft and artifacts from civil and military service

This massive museum is located on a former military air base just a few kilometers from the Prime Minister's residence in Ottawa. The Canada Aviation and Space Museum focuses on aviation in Canada, aerospace technology, and space flight. Among the museum's highlights are the largest surviving pieces of the infamous Avro Arrow, the original Canadarm (a remote-controlled mechanical arm) used on the Endeavour space shuttle, and the Lancaster bomber from WWII.

The deal: Admission is $15 for adult.
Free daily between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. (online booking required).

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Last Updated: September 1, 2020

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