Due to the COVID-19 virus, the Museum is closed to visitors and all other groups, until further notice.

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The Museum is Here to Support Canadians

As more and more people are staying home to help contain the spread of COVID-19, we are here to support and engage Canadians with some of our resources during these challenging times.

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New – National Indigenous History Month

Throughout the month of June, experience some of the diversity and vibrancy of Indigenous traditions, languages, and arts through unique Indigenous-inspired at-home activities. A new activity will be posted each Friday.

New – Rick Hansen Man In Motion World Tour Collection

Rick Hansen donates the collection from his Man In Motion World Tour to the Museum, where it will become part of the National Collection, preserved for its significance to Canada.


CINÉ+ at Home

Enjoy fascinating and inspiring documentaries from the comfort of your home. We feature new films regularly — check back with us often to discover them.

A special thank you to Giant Screen Films for making the following films accessible.

Morning Star – Gambeh Then’

Discover Alex Janvier’s masterpiece, painted in 1993, which adorns the dome of the Haida Gwaii Salon in the Museum. Understand the artist’s point of view and learn about the splendid mural through detailed photography and short videos taken during its creation.

Explore Your Country’s History

The Canadian History Hall invites you to discover Canada’s history from a whole new angle. Take a virtual tour and explore the Hall through 360° photos; discover key moments in Canadian history through our timeline; and read 18 stories that illuminate the richness of our experience.

Immerse Yourself in New France

Get swept away by the French North American adventure! The Virtual Museum of New France is one of the richest and most comprehensive online exhibitions on this important period in Canadian history.

Discover Our Collections

You can explore more than 218,000 artifacts in the National Collection through our online database. Whether your passion is 19th century history or George St-Pierre, the Museum’s extensive collection tells the story of Canada. Those who have an interest in decorative arts and furniture can sate their appetites by perusing the Harbinson Collection.

Educational Resources

We are proud to offer rich educational tools for teachers and parents who are looking for an exceptional learning experience. We have four different online exhibitions about various subjects, from inspirational and controversial Canadian figures to the art of puppetry!

Discover the World

Not able to travel? Delve into the history of cultures beyond Canada’s borders in two of our most popular online exhibitions about ancient civilization.

See the Museum from a Distance

Watch these videos to get a behind-the-scenes view of the Museum’s stunning architecture, to learn about one of our most mysterious artifacts, and to meet some of the artists behind the exhibition UNCEDED – Voices of the Land.

Also visit the Canadian War Museum