Ottawa Area Museums, Ottawa
The National Currency Museum
The National Currency Museum is located in downtown Ottawa, at 245 Sparks Street, Ottawa. Open daily from 10:30 AM until 5:00 PM and Sundays from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. The museum itself is part of the Bank of Canada building. There is a bilingual tour guide available on request and at this place you can learn about the history of Canadian Dollar and other items people used in ancient times to trade goods and services with one an other. Visit to this interesting place is absolutely free. Parking at Sparks Street is not available, since this street is a pedestrian street. Walk only. At the entrance of the museum is a small store where you can purchase souvenirs and postcards related to the museum.
It was very fascinating to learn how people traded with tea blocks, sea shells and other symbolic items in ancient times. We also learned how to detect and test counterfeit bank notes and how to tell the difference between them. The tour takes about 40 minutes and you will also have a chance to look at international bank notes and their history as well. Don?t miss this free activity when coming in Ottawa.
PETERBOROUGH is a few hours drive from Ottawa, but here Jeremy Ward is resident master of the art of canoe making in the traditional methods.
" " It was in Peterborough that the wood plank canoe was developed, spawning many famous canoe factories, including the Peterborough Canoe Company, the Lakefield Canoe Company, the Rice Lake Canoe Company and the Canadian Canoe Company . Today, Peterborough is a focal point for this wealth of paddling history as well as a key access point to some of the best waterways, canoe routes, hiking, camping and parks in Ontario. " "
I will be visiting the museum in the Summer
Not to frequently visited or told about is the Canadian Ski Museum.
It has been a while since I was there, but it showed how ski facilities and ski equipment and the skiiers have progressed since the early days.
It made you remember the glory days of Nancy Greene and the Crazy Canucks. You can see too that skiing wasn't always such a high-tech experience, and feel glad that we don't have to heat wax and brush it on our skiis.
You'll find this museum, I believe still, on Sussex Drive north from the Market. You do have to look for it.
Here you can discover the story of Canada, not as it is interpreted in history books, but through direct contact with original documents from the past. The Archives' preserves tens of millions of records ranging from personal photographs to official government documents. The National Archives of Canada is open to all researchers, whether professional or amateur. Visitors are also welcome to enjoy the exhibitions.
The National War Museum, located just down the street from the Art Gallery is a great tribute to Canada's efforts in the wars of the 20th Century and her peacekeeping efforts. Best part, however, is the Discovery Room located on the third floor....sure it's suposed to be for kids, but no one said the adults couldn't play, too!!
ps...see, I could be a peacekeeper!! :-)
Canada Cold War Museum, in Carp. Once a secret 4 story bunker, built to protect the government and the military from nuclear attack is now a museum. It's in Carp, Ontario, about a 20 minute drive from downtown Ottawa. See website for directions.
Entry fee $14 for adults and $6 for children (6-17).
The Canadian Ski Museum is located in Ottawa Ontario's WESTBORO district (just West of downtown) it is upstairs in the 'Trailhead' Building at 1960 Scott Street, The Canadian Ski Museum is up the stairs - - they have a small exhibit but it is well presented, informative and well worth the trip. Located within a timber-frame building that also houses a sports/outfitting shop, it is a cool destination to see.
The Bank of Canada's Currency Museum showcases a complete collection of Canadian bank notes, coins and tokens throughout history. It also has bank notes and coins from all over the world. A great place for you if you are a coin collector. The admission is free.
245 Sparks Street, a few blocks west of the Parliament Hill area.
The museum of Civilisation, just across the bridge in Hull. One of the best museum around. Count a good portion of a day to visit.
One time when we were at the Museum of Civilization, we saw these canoes built by West coast native peoples. Very impressive.