Year-Round Activities


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Museums and Art Galleries - Free Admission

Currency Museum

The Nepean Museum

Vanier Museoparc

Carleton University Art Gallery

City Hall Art Gallery

Museums and Art Galleries - Sometimes Free / Almost Frugal

Canadian Museum of Civilization

Canadian Children's Museum

Canadian War Museum

Canadian Museum of Nature

Canadian Agriculture Museum

National Gallery of Canada

Canadian Aviation Museum

Canadian Science and Technology Museum

Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography (CMCP)

Bytown Museum

Cumberland Heritage Village Museum

Heritage House Museum- Smiths Falls

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  Name:   Currency Museum

 
  Location:   In the Bank of Canada Building between Kent and Bank, and between Wellington and Sparks Street

 
  Hours:   Summer Hours (May 1 to October 1):
Mon to Sat 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun 1 to 5 p.m.

Winter Hours (October 2 to April 30):
Tue to Sat 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun 1 to 5 p.m.

Closed from December 24 until January 3.

 
  Website:   www.currencymuseum.ca

 
  Activity number:   40002  

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  Name:   The Nepean Museum

 
  Location:   16 Rowley Avenue, just west of Meadowlands Drive and Merivale Road

 
  Hours:   Mon to Fri and Holidays: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sat and Sun: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Free admission; many children's activities for $3 to $5 per child; see website for details.

 
  Website:   www.nepeanmuseum.ca

 
  Activity number:   40003  

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  Name:   Vanier Museoparc

 
  Location:   300, avenues des Peres Blancs, 2nd floor, Ottawa

 
  Hours:   Wed to Fri 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.;
Sat Noon - 4 p.m.

Admission is free, but donations are encouraged.

The Vanier Museoparc is a community museum about the history of Vanier and the Francophone heritage of Ottawa.

 
  Website:   www.museoparc.ca

 
  Activity number:   40012  

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  Name:   Carleton University Art Gallery

 
  Location:   St. Patrick's Building, Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Drive

 
  Hours:   Tue to Fri: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sat and Sun: Noon to 5 p.m.
Closed Mondays

 
  Website:   cuag.carleton.ca

 
  Activity number:   40013  

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  Name:   City Hall Art Gallery

 
  Location:   110 Laurier Avenue West

 
  Hours:   9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily

 
  Website:   www.ottawa.ca/city_hall

 
  Activity number:   40024  

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  Name:   Canadian Museum of Civilization

 
  Location:   100 Laurier Street, Gatineau

 
  Free Admission Hours:   Thursdays 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. (general admission);
note that the Children's Museum may close earlier.


Canada Day (July 1)
Remembrance Day (Nov 11)
Museums Day (May 18)
The museum is no longer offering free admission on Museums Day.

 
  Website:   www.civilization.ca

 
  Activity number:   40004  

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  Name:   Canadian Children's Museum at the Canadian Museum of Civilization

 
  Location:   100 Laurier Street, Gatineau

 
  Hours:   From October 12, 2010 to April 30, 2011:

Mon, Tue, Wed and Fri: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thur 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sat and Sun: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 
  Hours:   $30/family of 5 (Max 2 adults)

Though not frugal by our standards, the Children's Museum is a terrific way to spend a morning, especially if it's raining out or just too cold to play outside, and is one of our personal favorites. Note however that the outdoor children's area is no longer open.

 
  Website:   www.civilization.ca/childrens-museum

 
  Activity number:   60008  

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  Name:   Canadian War Museum

 
  Location:   1 Vimy Place (LeBreton Flats)

 
  Free Admission Hours:   Thursdays 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. (general admission)

Free admission on Canada Day (July 1)
Remembrance Day (November 11)
Museums' Day (May 18)
The museum is no longer offering free admission on museum's day.

 
  Website:   www.warmuseum.ca

 
  Activity number:   40005  

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  Name:   Canadian Agriculture Museum

 
  Location:   Prince of Wales Drive
(between the traffic circle and Baseline Road)

 
  Hours:   Feb 26 to Nov 30, 2011:
Museum exhibitions and the animal barns are open daily
from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The museum is closed December 25, 2011.

Note that the animals barns are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the winter season (December 1, 2011 to end of February 2012). Admission during the winter is by donation.

 
  Cost:   $16/family (2 adults and up to 3 children)
Free admission daily from 4 to 5 pm.

 
  Website:   agriculture.technomuses.ca

 
  Activity number:   40037  

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  Name:   Canadian Museum of Nature

 
  Location:   Victoria Memorial Museum Building
240 McLeod St.

 
  Free Admission Hours:   Thursdays 5 pm to 8 pm

Free admission on Earth Day (April 22)
Canada Day (July 1)
Museums' Day (May 18)

Anyone who has a City of Ottawa library card can borrow a Nature Card, which is good for free general admission for a family of up to five people (max. 3 adults). Take note that the waiting list is sometimes quite long!

 
  Website:   www.nature.ca

 
  Activity number:   40006  

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  Name:   National Gallery of Canada

 
  Location:   380 Sussex Drive

 
  Free Admission Hours:   Thursdays after 5 p.m. (open until 8 p.m.; free admission to permanent collection only)

Free admission on Canada Day (July 1)
and for Museums' Day (May 22)

 
  Website:   www.gallery.ca

 
  Activity number:   40007  

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  Name:   Canadian Aviation Museum

 
  Location:   11 Aviation Parkway

 
  Free Admission Hours:   Daily after 4 p.m.

Note that the museum closes at 5 p.m. daily, and is not open on Tuesdays during the winter season (Labour Day to April 1st).

Free admission on Canada Day (July 1)

Almost Frugal

Regular family admission is $18/family.

Summer hours:
May 1 to Labour Day - Daily from 9 am to 5 pm.

Winter hours:
Labour Day to April 30 - Wednesday to Monday from 10 am to 5 pm, closed on Tuesdays.

 
  Website:   www.aviation.technomuses.ca/

 
  Activity number:   40008  

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  Name:   Canadian Science and Technology Museum

 
  Location:   1867 St. Laurent Blvd.

 
  Free Admission Hours:   Daily from 4 to 5 pm
Free admission on Canada Day (July 1)
Museums' Day (May 18)
The museum is no longer offering free admission on Museums Day.

 
  Website:   www.sciencetech.technomuses.ca/

 
  Activity number:   40009  

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  Name:   Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography

 
  Location:   380 Sussex Drive

 
  Free Admission Hours:   Thursdays after 5 p.m. (open until 8 p.m.)


 
  Website:   www.cmcp.gallery.ca/

 
  Activity number:   40010  

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  Name:   Bytown Museum

 
  Location:   Located by the Rideau Canal locks by Parliament Hill

 
  Free Admission Hours:   Thursdays after 5pm during the summer
season (May 22 - Oct 11)

Free admission on Colonel By Day (Aug 3)

Almost Frugal:

Regular Family admission is $15.00 (max 2 adults and 3 children under 18). See website for regular hours.

 
  Website:   www.bytownmuseum.com/

 
  Activity number:   40011  

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  Name:   Cumberland Heritage Village Museum

 
  Location:   2940 Old Montreal Road, Cumberland

 
  Hours:   The musuem is open from May 15 to October 2, 2011.

Hours: Wed to Sun 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

After the season ends, you can contact the museum at 613-833-3059 to make an appointment for a private tour. The museum is also open in December for Christmas programming.

 
  Cost:   $18/family

 
  Website:   www.ottawa.ca/cumberland

 
  Activity number:   60017  

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  Name:   Heritage House Museum- Smiths Falls

 
  Location:   11 Old Sly's Road, Smiths Falls

 
  Hours:   Summer Hours (May 1 - Dec 23):
Daily 10:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Winter Hours (Jan 2 - April 30):
Mon-Fri 10:30 am to 4:30 pm.

 
  Cost:   $14.00/family (max 4 visitors)

 
  Website:   www.smithsfalls.ca/heritagehouse

 
  Activity number:   60029  

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