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Ottawa Museums

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Come and explore the natural world through a variety of exhibitions that amaze visitors. There are four floors of dinosaurs, gems, insects, deep sea creatures, mammals and much much more. The collection is kept alive with a variety of changing programs and events so that visitors can visit again and again.
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Formerly the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the Canadian Museum of History illustrates Canada's history from prehistoric times, through the original Canadians, early settlers and explorers, to the fur traders, and mass immigration to modern times. Life sized reconstructions of all these stages in history fill the museum.
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The country's most comprehensive and complete display of Canadian bank notes and coins. The museum offers a fascinating and curious look at how money is made. Don't miss the infamous Yap Stone - a large donut shaped stone from the Island of Yap that was once used as currency. Open daily.
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The Canadian Children's Museum is part of the hugely popular Canadian Museum of Civilization in Ottawa and provides a natural bridge between exhibits for young visitors and a facility for the general public. With an emphasis on inter-active displays and exhibits, the museum takes children around the world, complete with their own passports, to learn about different peoples, cultures and natural wonders. Open daily May through mid-October, open Tuesday through Sundday mid-October through April.
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A great hands-on experience for visitors of all ages, the museum is a place to discover some of the most important scientific and technological objects in Canada. Climb aboard real locomotives, try some fascinating experiments and see how science and technology affect everyday life.
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This small museum came under the umbrella of the Canadian Museum of Civilization in 1988 and features several stamp exhibits as well as featuring collections such as Ancient Egypt writing tools and messages. The museum is open daily May through mid-October and Tuesdays through Sundays mid-October through April.
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The Canada Agriculture Museum is the largest urban farm in Canada. It features many exciting and informative exhibits including a dairy barn, animals, farm machinery and more.
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This large farm is not only a research base for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, but it is also a tourist attraction featuring: the Canada Agriculture Museum, which features a working dairy, small animal, cattle and rare breeds barns; the Arboretum, with a vast and massive collection of established trees and shrubs that sprawl across the grounds; Ornamental Gardens, which first opened in the 1880s, and encompasses a variety of smaller themed gardens; and many heritage buildings dating back to the 1880s. The Arboretum and Ornamental Gardens are open to the public daily, free of charge.
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Relive Canadian history through the eyes of those who have witnessed it and those who study this. The Canadian War Museum presents Canada's eventful history through the use of many media.
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The Canadian Ski Museum is home to an unparalleled collection of ski related artifacts, photographs & memorabilia. Visit the exhibit on the second floor of the "Trailhead" building, and see Canada's rich ski heritage. Home to the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame - read the stories of the dynamic characters who have had a profound effect on the sport and this country.
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The Cumberland Heritage Village Museum is a living history museum depicting life in the Lower Ottawa Valley during the 1920's and 1930's era. Visitors can tour over 29 buildings that include a one-room schoolhouse, a church, a functioning Sawmill, blacksmith and pump factory. Open May 18 to October 5, Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm. Open to group tours anytime upon registration.
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Featuring a permanent collection of photography by Canadian artists as well as numerous temporary exhibits. Open Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun 11am - 5pm; Thurs till 8pm. Closed Mon & Tues. Admission is by donation.
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Diefenbunker is Canada's Cold War museum at the site of an old secret nuclear bunker. The museum is focused on Cold War education through tours of the bunker. See the Prime Minister's suite, blast tunnel, machine room and much more. Interesting and somewhat eerie, visitors can wander the corridors of the acutal bunker and visit museum displays and exhibits. Reservations are recommended for tours.
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Featuring Canadian art, Photography, Inuit art, European art and more. Rates vary by exhibition from $6-$12 per adult. Youth, senior and group rates available. Open mid October to May, Wednesday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm and Thursday until 8 pm. Everyday May to mid October from 10 am to 6 pm except Thursdays, which are open until 8 pm.
BulletCanada Aviation Museum
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With over 120 aircrafts on display, this museum is an aeronautical addict's dream. An impressive, modern building houses the collection that includes a number of interaction displays, making this museum suitable for the whole family.
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