Canada’s national museums are open late, accessible and almost all within 20 minutes of Downtown Ottawa. But getting kids interested in everything from agriculture to aviation takes a lot more than convenience and good value, and nowhere knows that better than Ottawa: a city that could hold masterclasses on the art of disguising learning as an incredible adventure.

So forget dry and dusty collections, and think activity drenched, hands on, creative, interactive and plain great fun experiences, open seven days a week, all year round. Then take a look at the top seven Canadian National Museums handpicked by the experts at Ottawa Tourism as the most family-friendly of all, in the city’s very family-friendly line up.  

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Canada Aviation and Space Museum

The Canada Aviation and Space Museum is considered to be one of the best in the world. Which might not mean that much to kids, until you start talking in terms of over 100 aircrafts on display; exciting interactive games and mobile apps; vintage bi-plane flights; family fly-days over Downtown Ottawa; personalised guided tours for under eights, and a year round activity programme designed to inspire, involve and excite the next generation of aviation engineers, pilots and explorers.  

Family highlights

  • Tailored kids’ activity programme and guided tours for under eights.
  • Family sightseeing flights over Ottawa in a Cessna plane.
  • Summertime helicopter and vintage bi-plane flights.
  • Free to download mobile apps and interactive games.

Canada Aviation and Space Museum, Aviation Parkway, Ottawa

How to get there
Canada Aviation and Space Museum is 20 minutes drive north east of Downtown Ottawa.

Opening times and prices
4 September to 30 April, Wednesday to Monday from 10am to 5pm.
1 May to 3 September, open seven days from 9am to 5pm.
Price: Adults £9. Children £6.
Family sightseeing flight from £23 per person.

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