Ottawa museums and galleries to close next week for annual maintenance

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Four of Ottawa-Gatineau’s eight major cultural institutions will close next week for annual maintenance.

From January 8 to 12, you will not be able to visit the Canadian Museum of History, the Canadian Museum of Nature, the Canadian War Museum or the National Gallery of Canada. The institutions will reopen on January 13.

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The closure means that this weekend (January 7, to be exact) marks your last chance to see certain exhibits, like the Nature Museum’s Under the Canopy: Animals of the Rainforest, which features live animals from Little Ray’s Nature Center, and the National Gallery Exhibition of work by the three winners of the New Generation Photography Prize 2023, including Hannah Doucet. Also coming to an end is the War Museum’s Family Games Zone, a drop-in area for playing board games. Check websites for tickets and times.

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Next week, Canada’s Agriculture and Food (901 Prince of Wales Dr. at Experimental Farm), Science and Technology (1867 St. Laurent Blvd.) and Aviation and Space museums, located on Aviation Parkway, will remain open to the public. Gonna engineeringcanada.org for details on schedules, activities and tickets.

The Ottawa Art Gallery is another option as a cultural destination. It is open Tuesday to Saturday, as always, next week and admission is free. Ongoing exhibitions include ’83 to Infinity, a look at the evolution of hip hop in the nation’s capital, and Shapes In Between, a retrospective of Norman Takeuchi’s work.

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