Special exhibits in Canada’s capital

Special exhibits are always plentiful at Ottawa-area museums. Here are just a few of the current and upcoming temporary exhibits, in order of end date:

Need a vacation from your vacation? Come and relax in the colourful world of Butterflies in Flight!
Immerse yourself in a tropical atmosphere, with flowering plants and butterflies that fly gracefully around you in the museum's solarium. Looking forward to seeing you here soon!
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With more spring weather in the forecast there’s plenty of time to capture some amazing puddlegrams around the city like this epic shot of ottawaartgallery! 💦 Got a great puddlegram to share - tag it #MyOttawa for your chance to be featured! .
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ottawatourismCanadian Museum of Nature / Musée canadien de la nature

The museumofnature is a great place to spend a spring afternoon! Don’t miss their special exhibition Butterflies in Flight where you can get up close and personal with hundreds of live colourful butterflies in a beautiful tropical environment! 🦋🦋🦋 📷 heycrystalsmith #MyOttawa #Ottawa #DiscoverON #ExploreCanada

apt613Canadian Museum of History

When visiting the #Neanderthals exhibition at canmushistory, we were told this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Some of the artifacts are too fragile to visit North America again!
Remember that the museum is free every Thursday 5-8pm
You can read more about the exhibit in our new blog post on apt613.ca
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gngr_snpsOttawa Art Gallery – Galerie d’art d’Ottawa

I’m honoured to have had a hand in putting this show together. If you haven’t yet seen Facing Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore or Inaabiwin at the @ottawaartgallery I suggest you get out here this fall and see them!!


UNCEDED – Voices of the Land at @CanMusHistory Impressive multimedia installation! #MyOttawa #DiscoverON #ExploreCanada https://t.co/5OJZQdyXCZ


#DYK Neanderthals and modern humans (Homo sapiens) share a common ancestor. These species developed independently from each other, but met again much later in the Middle East and Europe. 

Current exhibits

Above and Beyond

September 28, 2019 – January 5, 2020
Canada Aviation and Space Museum

This exhibit honours historic world-changing innovations in flight as well as the future impact of aerospace breakthroughs in our everyday lives. Kids and adults can enjoy fun interactive and immersive experiences, such as designing and test-flying a supersonic jet; piloting a drone into the eye of a hurricane, experiencing flight as a bird; or take an elevator ride to the edge of space. Join the epic journey into the sky and beyond!

Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood – A Grr-ific Exhibit

September 28, 2019 – January 5, 2020
Canadian Children’s Museum at the Canadian Museum of History

Meet your new neighbors in the imaginative world of Daniel Tiger and his friends. Based on the award-winning PBS KIDS television series, this exhibit follows the adventures of 4-year-old Daniel Tiger and his friends. Children can participate in hands-on activities as they learn life’s little lessons. The neighborhood is bursting with life … and there is so much to discover!

Highland Warriors

June 7, 2019 – January 12, 2020
Canadian War Museum

Discover the origins and culture of one of the most iconic and enduring military figures: the Highland soldier. Over a hundred artifacts — from fearsome broadswords to resplendent tartans — connect the fierce and respected clan warriors to the proud military traditions of Highland regiments in Canada today.


May 17, 2019 – January 26, 2020
Canadian Museum of History

This major exhibition from the Muséum national d’histoire naturelle (France) provides new insight into Neanderthals based on the most recent scientific discoveries. See exceptional fossils rarely shown to the public from Europe’s most prominent research institutions. Discover how Neanderthals lived throughout Eurasia for 300,000 years before mysteriously disappearing 30,000 years ago. And learn how this species of the genus Homo is much more like us than we previously thought!

The Gallant Thousand: Ottawa and the South African War

May 17, 2019 to February 17, 2020
Bytown Museum

In honour of the 120th anniversary of the beginning of the South African (Boer) War in 1899, this exhibit explores the experiences of Canadian and Ottawa residents who participated in the conflict.  

UNCEDED – Voices of the Land

May 3, 2019 – March 22, 2020
Canadian Museum of History

This breathtaking multimedia installation brings together the past, present and future of the Indigenous experience, as seen through the eyes and minds of 18 distinguished Indigenous architects and designers from across Turtle Island (North America).

Me and My Microbes: The Zoo Inside You

December 20, 2019 to March 29, 2020
Canadian Museum of Nature

Journey through the human body and get an in-depth look at how microbes affect our health. See how these tiny organisms impact our digestion, fight off disease and even influence our moods.

Butterflies in Flight

October 6, 2018 – March 31, 2020
Canadian Museum of Nature

Enter a world of brilliant live butterflies! Experience a warm and relaxing tropical environment with flowering plants and hundreds of live butterflies.

Àbadakone / Continuous Fire / Feu continuel

November 8, 2019 – April 5, 2020
National Gallery of Canada

This exhibit presents the works of 70 artists identifying with approximately 40 Indigenous Nations, ethnicities, and tribal affiliations from 16 countries, including Canada. Various mediums will be used, including live performances and commissioned installations, complemented by a robust program of film screenings and public talks.  

Luck and Lore

October 25, 2019 – November 1, 2020
Bank of Canada Museum

Discover the spiritual, ceremonial and seemingly impractical uses we have for money. More than 80 artifacts show how money has been used for superstitious or ceremonial purposes, such as throwing coins in fountains and the “Lucky Loonie” tradition at Olympic games.

Special exhibits at the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG)

Various start and end dates
Ottawa Art Gallery 

The always-free OAG presents four new special exhibits this fall that reflect on subjects ranging from genderqueer identity to contemporary Indigenous world views. Local, national and international artists explore these themes through large-scale photography, video, sculpture, textile collage, installation and painting. Don’t miss Facing Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore, Inaabiwin, Molly Lamb Bobak: A Woman of the Crowd and Adrian Baker: Watershed.

Upcoming exhibits

Queens of Egypt

May 8 to October 12, 2020
Canadian Museum of Nature

This immersive multisensory experience provides an unforgettable glimpse into the ancient Egypt of 3,500 years ago. See more than 300 iconic objects, including monumental statues, frescoes, sarcophagi, funerary objects and jewellery associated with legendary queens such as Nefertari, Nefertiti and Hatshepsut.

Planet Ice: Mysteries of the Ice Ages

June 3, 2020 to January 3, 2021
Canadian Museum of Nature

Discover how cold and ice have created the waterways and landscapes we know today and explore how a range of species, including humankind, have adapted to their cold environments.

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