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The Canadian Museum of History reopens on September 2. Photo: Matt Sweeting-Woods/Apt613 Flickr pool.

Many of Ottawa’s museums are open again or will be very soon

By Alison Larabie Chase on August 31, 2020


Good news for everyone who’s been missing their visits to some of Ottawa’s awesome museums: The Canadian Museum of History and the Canadian War Museum are reopening on Wednesday, September 2, while the Canadian Museum of Nature will be open to the public once again starting Saturday, September 5.

All of these museums have put new safety procedures and precautions into place due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. These include pre-booked timed tickets, masks required, increased cleaning and sanitizing, and physical distancing. As well, some of the more interactive elements of the museums will remain closed for now. These include:

  • The Children’s Museum and CINE+ at the Museum of History
  • The Memorial Hall at the War Museum
  • The Live Butterflies Exhibit, Arctic Research Vessel, Bird Care Clinic, Extinction Theatre, Limestone Cave and Live Butterflies exhibition at the Museum of Nature

However, the majority of the museums’ permanent galleries and special exhibitions will be open for viewing.

Soon you can visit the LeBreton Gallery at the Canadian War Museum again. Photo: Andrew Power/Apt613 Flickr pool.

You may also have missed some other good news over the summer: All three of the museums in the Ingenium group (that’s Agriculture and Food, Aviation and Space, and Science and Technology), the Ottawa Art Gallery, and the National Gallery of Canada have also reopened to the public, with similar safety measures and limitations in place. Please note that at Science and Tech, the Crazy Kitchen, ZOOOM (Children’s Innovation Zone), and Exploratek remain closed to visitors.

If you’re planning a visit to any of Ottawa’s museums or galleries, be sure to visit the museum’s website to book your tickets and learn about the new safety measures in place before you head out.