The Museum is now open, guaranteeing new safety measures and offering lots of free summer fun. Join us Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Thank you for your interest in the Museum’s summer offer. This week’s tickets are sold out. More tickets will be available next Monday for the week that follows.

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Free Summer Fun For Everyone!

Free Summer Fun

We can’t wait to see you again!

Discover the museum’s summer offer! Open Thursday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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10:00 AM - 4:30 PM

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Thank you for your interest in the Museum’s summer offer. This week’s tickets are sold out.

More tickets will be available next Monday for the week that follows.

We’re thrilled to be reopening and to offer free summer fun for visitors of all ages.

We look forward to welcoming you back with a variety of outdoor activities, including performances by Indigenous Experiences, and indoor guided tours of the Grand Hall.

The Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday through Sunday. Best of all, general admission will be free throughout the summer. Please book online. Parking and food services are available at the regular rates. All outdoor activities at the Museum will be offered rain or shine, but may be cancelled in the event of extreme heat or thunderstorms.

Following provincial guidelines, and to ensure a safe and rewarding experience for all, we are limiting the number of visitors who can take part in on-site activities with timed online ticketing. Other safety measures that we are implementing include a mandate for masks inside the Museum, signage for physical distancing, increased cleaning and more. Read about our safety measures.

For more on what to do at the Museum this summer, please scroll down, or plan your visit here.

We can’t wait to see you again!


Summer Fun at a Glance

 

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Guided Tour of the Grand Hall

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With physical distancing in mind, our experienced program interpreters will take small social groups on a guided tour of the Museum’s dazzling Grand Hall.

This engaging tour looks at the architecture, art and history of the Indigenous peoples of Canada’s West Coast. It includes information on the Museum’s construction and its symbolic architecture, and looks at the work of renowned Indigenous artists such as Alex Janvier and Bill Reid. The tour also includes interesting anecdotes about how the Grand Hall’s iconic totem poles and house fronts were manoeuvered into place.

Access is on a first-come, first-served basis for visitors within their two-hour timed admission ticket. Tours leave from the Panorama Café near the Museum entrance. Each tour lasts approximately 30 minutes and is limited to a maximum of nine people. Physical distancing will be maintained between social groups and masks are mandatory.

With our timed online ticketing, tickets are limited and are available in two-hour blocks. We highly recommend that you book online to secure your spot. You can book your tickets for free general admission as early as Monday of the week you would like to visit. Book your free general admission online today.

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Grand Hall. Photo: Canadian Museum of History, IMG2018-0032-0118-Dm.

 

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Indigenous Experiences – Dance Performances

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Indigenous Experiences brings Indigenous history and culture to life through engaging, authentic and interactive programming, including performances by dancers in traditional regalia. Access is on a first-come, first-served basis for visitors within their two-hour timed admission ticket. Physically distanced seating will be available outside, under the Dome, for 25 to 30 visitors per performance. Performances are at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.

Following each dance performance, Indigenous Experiences invites you to tour their installations, either on your own or with a member of their staff to guide you.

With our timed online ticketing, tickets are limited and are available in two-hour blocks. We highly recommend that you book online to secure your spot. You can book your tickets for free general admission as early as Monday of the week you would like to visit. Book your free general admission online today.

Dancers in traditional regalia
Indigenous Experiences. Photo: Canadian Museum of History, IMG2019-0157-0006-Dm.

 

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Self-Guided Architectural Tour

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Drop by the Welcome Tent, located outdoors in the Waterfall Court, and pick up a free handout for a self-guided exploration of the Museum’s fascinating architecture. Learn more about how architect Douglas Cardinal was inspired by the Canadian landscape.

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Self-Guided Architectural Tour. Photo: Canadian Museum of History, IMG2020-0132-0009-Dm.

 

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Museum Quest

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Go on an outdoor family adventure with the free Museum Quest handout, available at the Welcome Tent, as your guide. Explore the Museum grounds and the surrounding environment, learn about Indigenous art, and share your findings with your social bubble.

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Museum Quest. Photo: Canadian Museum of History.

 

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Chill Time in the Zen Garden

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Indulge in a moment of peaceful contemplation in our Zen Garden. The garden was designed by renowned landscape architect and Buddhist monk Shunmyo Toshiaki Masuno, and was inaugurated on September 22, 1995, by Their Imperial Highnesses Prince and Princess Takamado of Japan.

The theme of the garden is Wakei No Niwa, which means to know and respect the history, culture and spirit of Japanese and Canadian people, and to foster harmony between all nations.

Zen Garden
Zen Garden. Photo: Canadian Museum of History, IMG2020-0132-0001-Dm.

 

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Spectacular Views from the River View Salon Rooftop

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The lookout on the roof of the Museum’s River View Salon offers spectacular views of the Ottawa River — and is the perfect backdrop for your next photo op.

View of the Ottawa River and Parliament Hill
Spectacular Views of the Ottawa River. Photo: Canadian Museum of History, IMG2010-0032-0001-Dm.

 

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Al Fresco Dining on the Panorama Café Terrace

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Enjoy a refreshing cocktail outdoors and discover our new up-to-the-minute menu (PDF file). Drink in the fun and relaxing ambiance of the Café, while you appreciate the best view of Parliament Hill and the Ottawa River.

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Dates and times Thursday through Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Capacity 22 tables, each 2 metres apart, with a maximum of 10 people per table and 100 people total at one time. Cashless payment only.
Reservations Table service on a first-come, first-served basis, unless you are a Member.
Museum Members Reserve your table (Cafepanorama.ca@sodexo.com) in advance and enjoy an exclusive 10% discount.

Panorama Café Terrace
Panorama Café Terrace. Photo: Canadian Museum of History.

 

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Picnic on the Museum Grounds

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Pre-order a delicious picnic lunch to enjoy on the grounds of the Museum.

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Options Classic $18; gourmet $24; child $10 (per person, taxes excluded).
Order and pickup Pre-order 24 hours in advance by email (Cafepanorama.ca@sodexo.com). Pick up and pay at the Panorama Café terrace. Cashless payment only.
Museum Members Receive a 10% discount.

You may also bring your own meals and snacks to enjoy on our grounds. A Mini Melts ice cream cart will be on hand to offer refreshing treats on hot sunny days, and picnic tables are safely distanced in various locations overlooking the Ottawa River.

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Picnic on the Museum Grounds. Photo: Canadian Museum of History, IMG2020-0138-0006-Dm.

 

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Rabaska Canada – Canoe Excursion

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Climb aboard a traditional Montréal canoe for a 60-minute trip along the Ottawa River. Accompanied by a guide in period costume, passengers will retrace the route taken by French-Canadian voyageurs in the late 1700s — a route already familiar to local Indigenous peoples.

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Dates and times Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Capacity 18 passengers per trip, divided into three canoes (maximum three household groups per canoe).
Tickets Available on the Rabaska website, up to 1 hour before departure.
Adults $35; children 17 and under $30.
Museum Members Receive a 10% discount.

A canoe and boat next to the shore
Rabaska Canada – Canoe Excursion. Photo: Rabaska Canada.

 

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Au feel de l’eau Water Taxi

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From the Museum, travel across the water to the Canadian War Museum, or farther, into the heart of downtown Ottawa! This eco-friendly water taxi shuttles between the Ottawa Locks jetty (downtown) and the Museum of History, with a stop at Richmond Landing (near the War Museum). Hop on board for a picturesque ride on the Ottawa River.

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Dates and times Daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Tickets Available at all three boarding points. Cashless and cash payments accepted.
Price for tickets purchased at boarding points: Adults $5; children 12 and under $4 (third child is free).

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Au feel de l’eau Water Taxi. Photo: Canadian Museum of History, IMG2020-0138-0011-Dm.

 

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