If you haven’t already heard, let me tell you: Canada celebrates its 150th birthday this year. One Hundred and fifty years of Confederation. That’s a big deal and we’re celebrating!
Ottawa is Canada-150 Party Central. There is so much happening in Canada’s capital this year, it really should be on everyone’s travel plans. To get you started, here is a quick roundup of what is happening in the various museums around the city.
The Bytown Museum celebrates its 100th anniversary by showcasing objects from its permanent collection in A Century of Community. It runs until February 19, 2018.
At the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum, Canadian artist Valerie Noftle’s exhibition From the Hand, exploring the stories of veterans through photographs of their hands, runs until July 30, 2017.
On June 21, 2017, a new permanent Canada Goose Arctic Gallery opens at the Canadian Museum of Nature, focusing on the ecology of one of the world’s harshest climates.
At the Canadian War Museum, the 100th anniversary of the pivotal Battle of Vimy Ridge is commemorated between April 6 and November 12, 2017 with the exhibition Vimy – 100 Years.
The Canadian Museum of History opens its new Canadian History Hall, on July 1, 2017. It tells the story of Canada through 18 “chapters” of artifacts in three galleries. Until then, catch Hockey, until October 9, 2017, which explores Canada’s historic love of the sport of hockey and its impact on Canadian identity.
At the National Gallery of Canada, a number of exhibitions are happening including, Photography in Canada: 1960-2000 (April 7-September 17); PhotoLab 2: Women Speaking Art (April 7-October 1, 2017) and Canadian and Indigenous Art: 1968 to Present (May 3, 2017-May 6, 2018). This all leads up to the unveiling of the new renovated and integrated Canadian and Indigenous Galleries on June 15, 2017.
And finally, watch for the reopening of the Bank of Canada Museum (formerly the Currency Museum of the Bank of Canada), this summer and the completely renovated Canada Science and Technology Museum in November 2017.
Canada’s National Museums Passport has been revamped and now offers admission to 3 national museums, over 3 consecutive days. It costs $35. Each accompanying child (17 and under) receives a 30% discount on general admission. The passport is available at the six national museums that participate in the program, as well as at the Capital Information Kiosk across from Parliament Hill.
Whoa! All this and so much more.