Museums in OTTAWA with kids

A place where kids can learn, AND have a great time? Surely not! 

When it comes to museums in Ottawa, Ontario, that’s exactly what you will find! The many fascinating museums in this Ontario city offer a range of topics, with many perfectly designed to visit with children. 

Art lovers in the family? Take your pick! Looking for interactive museums with endless fun things to do with kids? Where would you like to start!?  Nature…history…transport…the list is endless!

Museums have become incredible places to go with kids where they can learn, interact, and be introduced to a whole new world of wonder.

Learning CAN be fun in Ottawa…and museums are the best place to start! Enjoy!

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  • Bytown Museum

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    Ottawa

    Located in the heart of downtown Ottawa, the Bytown Museum explores the stories of an evolving city and its residents from its early days as Bytown to present day Ottawa.

  • Gallery 101

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    Ottawa

    We are a non-profit artist-run centre, dedicated to the professional presentation and circulation of visual and media art. Each year, we present a stimulating array of solo and curated group ...

  • Canadian Museum of Nature

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    (1 miles) Ottawa

    See hundreds of dinosaur specimens, including complete skeletons and dramatic life-sized recreations, in the Talisman Energy Fossil Gallery. Our Mammal Gallery is truly breathtaking with its ...

  • National Gallery of Canada

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    (1 miles) Ottawa

    Art fun in Ontario with the world’s largest Canadian art collection! Follow a tour, explore the gallery, or get creative yourself!

  • Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography

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    (1 miles) Ottawa

    Founded in 1985, the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography collects photographs and produces major exhibitions and award-winning publications. Since 1992 it has become a cultural destination ...

  • Canadian Museum of Civilization

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    (1 miles) Gatineau

    Kids will love this exciting world of hands-on discovery, located within the Canadian Museum of Civilization. The Museum also offers family programs, special events and performances.

  • Canadian War Museum

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    (1 miles) Ottawa

    Discover the military history of Canada through a vast collection of artifacts, moving personal stories, works of art, and unforgettable photography. Explore the human conflicts that have shaped ...

  • Billings Estate National Historic Site

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    (2 miles) Ottawa

    Billings Estate National Historic Site's trained interpreters will guide you through the epic story, spanning four generations, of one of Ottawa's founding families and the evolution of the ...

  • Canada Agricultural Museum

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    (3 miles) Ottawa

    The Canada Agriculture Museum is living proof of the "Green Capital". In fact, Ottawa is the only world Capital that has a working farm at its heart. Canada's unique agricultural heritage is featured ...

  • Canada Aviation Museum

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    (3 miles) Ottawa

    The Museum houses one of the world's finest aeronautical collection. Aircraft are clustered in islands each representing a key period in aviation history from the pioneer era to the jet age.

  • Canada Science and Technology Museum

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    (3 miles) Ottawa

    Discover some of the most important scientific objects in Canada. Climb aboard real trains, try your hand at fascinating experiments, and see for yourself how science and technology affect our ...

  • Canadian Ski Museum

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    (4 miles) Ottawa

    Canadian Ski Museum (CSMus) is the history of skiing in Canada. It is a record of people, their stories, activities, achievements and a wealth of fascinating artifacts.

  • Goulbourn Museum

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    (17 miles) Stittsville

    Exhibits chronicle 19th and 20th Century rural township life, with particular emphasis on the 100th Regiment of Foot, Goulbourn’s soldier-settlers. A Children’s Centre allows young visitors to ...

  • Diefenbunker Canadas Cold War Museum

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    (19 miles) Carp

    Built to protect the government from nuclear attack, this once-secret bunker is now a museum and National Historic Site of Canada.

  • Mill of Kintail Conservation Area

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    (30 miles) Mississippi Mills

    This family-oriented destination, home to the R. Tait McKenzie Memorial Museum, is 154-acres of field and forest along the Indian River in Mississippi Mills. Explore this natural treasure year-round ...

  • Arnprior and District Museum

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    (32 miles) Arnprior

    Come and see the new Kenwood Mills exhibit, the 1928 fire engine, scenes of early 20th century domestic life, Charles Macnamara, our own ever-changing lumber exhibit, the museum's tribute to the Lair ...

  • Heritage House Museum

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    (39 miles) N Smiths Falls

    This elegant Victorian dwelling recreates the lifestyle of a wealthy mill owner c.1867 through eight furnished period rooms. The museum also offers changing exhibitions, art shows, day camps, ...

  • Smiths Falls Railway Museum

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    (39 miles) Smiths Falls

    You'll find railway heritage comes alive at this National Historic Site. Visitors can climb up into the cupola of a caboose, inspect the track in a Speeder Car or play in the Children's Area.

  • Rideau Canal Museum

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    (40 miles) Smiths Falls

    This museum is the flagship interpretation and orientation centre for the entire Rideau Canal system. Five floors hold a unique blend of historic displays, artifacts & modern technology.

  • Glengarry Pioneer Museum

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    (42 miles) Dunvegan

    Step off the beaten path, between Ottawa and Montreal, and discover the magic of the Glengarry Pioneer Museum for yourself. Like so many of our visitors, you'll wish you had come across this little ...

  • Fort Wellington National Historic Site

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    (50 miles) Prescott

    Kids can explore this historic site in Ontario, first built in 1812, an enjoy fun activities too from trying on costumes, to exploring gunboat wrecks!

  • Arbor Gallery

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    (51 miles) Vankleek Hill

    Arbor Gallery – Centre for Contemporary Art is a registered not-for-profit organization located in the town of Vankleek Hill, ON.

  • Brockville Museum

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    (58 miles) Brockville

    Situated in Brockville's historic downtown core, the Brockville Museum features exhibits and artifacts related to Brockville's rich Loyalist history and the city's development as a waterfront ...

  • Arthur Child Heritage Museum

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    (79 miles) Gananoque

    The Museum provides the visitor with an inviting setting to reflect on the history of the area. The building is reminiscent of the original islands cottages and fabulous hotels that were built during ...

  • Frontenac County Schools Museum

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    (90 miles) Kingston

    The Frontenac County Schools Museum began as a project to celebrate Kingston’s Tercentenary in 1973. A small group of retired educators spent many hours researching schools, photographing sites, ...

  • Fort Henry

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    (90 miles) Kingston

    Time travel back to the 1860's at one of Eastern Ontario's premier National Historic Sites - Fort Henry. Follow costumed interpreters on an hour long tour through limestone casements filled with ...

  • Canadas Penitentiary Museum

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    (91 miles) Kingston

    The exhibits try to portray life in prison as it was in the 19th-century to present day. In 2003 the Museum won the "Rand McNally Best of the Road" Award. One of only 27 sites in North America to do ...

  • Marine Museum of the Great Lakes

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    (91 miles) Kingston

    Explore the Museum's four galleries which tell the story about the history of the Great Lakes and see ship models and underwater art facts. You can also tour the Pump House Steam Museum next door. ...

  • Museum of Health Care

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    (92 miles) Kingston

    How did students learn about the human body without microscopes or x-rays in the 1700's? Learn about these things and more at the Museum of Health Care! During the summer months, walking tours ...

  • Agnes Etherington Art Centre

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    (92 miles) Kingston

    Eight beautiful galleries showcase contemporary, Canadian, European, and African art. The Gallery Shop features a great selection of children's art-related books and toys. Call about family programs.

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  • Midway Family Fun Park

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    (3 miles) Ottawa

    Enjoy the LARGEST indoor family entertainment center in Eastern Ontario, with over 50,000 square feet of FUN!

  • Village du Pere Noel

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    (82 miles) Val David

    Santa Claus makes his summer home in Val-David. Surrounded by his friends, he welcomes you to his amusement park featuring over 30 activities: ball pool, inflatables, pedal go-karts, and lots more, ...

  • Station Mont Cascades

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    (14 miles) Cantley

    Mont Cascades Resort Waterpark offers great, clean family fun all summer long. World-class water rides, water play areas and full food and beverage services make Mont Cascades Resort Waterpark a ...

  • Calypso Park

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    (24 miles) Limoges

    Over 35 slides, rides and wet play options, 100 water games, challenge courses, wave pool and so much more, suitable for all ages!

  • Logos Land Water Park and Campground

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    (57 miles) Cobden

    Logos Land is a family-focused water play land and a full service vacation campground. Kids and adults enjoy giant (and kiddie) waterslides, water trampolines, paddle boats, a wading beach, mini ...