As I was driving across Canada, I arrived to the city called Ottawa.  I was fascinated with the surroundings.  It was fall and every single tree was bright yellow or red and every color in between. It was so beautiful.  The architecture was impressive.  The over all culture was very unique.  There is no way I could describe it all in one article, so I decided to concentrate on the Museums.

Even at a time when knowledge is easily shared through Internet, museums are privileged places where anyone can come into contact with art, culture and history. They can be educational, fun and interactive, and present exhibitions that may attract several age groups. If you are planning a stay in Ottawa in the coming weeks, consider adding a visit to some museums in your schedule to gain new knowledge in the heart of Canada’s capital.

Ottawa brings indeed several renowned museums such as the Canadian War Museum, the Canadian Museum of Nature, the National Gallery of Canada, the Canadian Children’s Museum or the Royal Canadian Mint. Depending on your interests and the time of your trip to Ottawa, you can plan a visit to one or more exposures.


The Canadian War Museum is an audience favorite. It tells the military history of Canada through various exhibitions featuring the country’s role in various international conflicts, and perspectives of soldiers and civilians. In addition to its permanent exhibits that showcase several military artifacts and art, the museum presents various exhibitions, such as “Eleven women facing war”, a photographic exhibition which tells the lives of 11 women from from different countries. The exhibition will run from February 8 to 21 April 2013.

The Canadian Museum of Nature, for its part, is a natural history museum that has a mission to help people better understand the nature and the respect in order to live in harmony with it. The museum’s collection is one of the finest in the world, and includes more than 10 million specimens that trace the history of our planet. Among the temporary exhibitions, “Nature unleashed – the heart of natural disasters,” presented until May 5, 2013, to discover the power of nature.


The Museum of Fine Arts of Canada holds a treasure: the largest collection of Canadian art in the world. The exhibits in the museum are designed to introduce the art and visitors to reflect on the past, present and future. Among the exhibitions in progress, “Beauties monstrous” presented until March 10, 2013, shows representations of real or fictional monsters related to religious and mythological concerns of their time.


To heighten the interest of the smallest, a visit to the Children’s Museum is a must. The museum is located inside the Canadian Museum of Civilization, is the only for children from 0-14 years in the country. The permanent exhibition is a village representing countries, which allows to explore and learn while having fun. Several temporary exhibitions and activities are presented as “Handmade Fun!” A creative workshop with various themes.

Finally, the Royal Canadian Mint will help you discover how the metal is transformed to become the coins that are part of our daily lives, and even touch a real gold bar!