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Canada Agriculture and Food Museum

Tourism Region: National Capital Region

A unique family learning adventure awaits you! This fresh-air experience will awaken your senses as you discover the fascinating world of agriculture.

Canada's unique agricultural heritage and future is featured at the Museum. Explore the sights and sounds of farm life through animals, exhibitions, treasures from the collection, hands-on demonstrations, and delicious foods. The Museum is located on the Central Experimental Farm, a 425-hectare crop research station and National Historic Site.

Visit the animal barns and explore the captivating exhibitions. See renewable energy in action in the Museum’s newest exhibition Energy Park: Nature at Work, try to spot the queen bee in the live observation hive in Taking Care of Beeness, and explore Tractors, where you can even climb inside a farmer’s “office in the field.”

Daily demonstrations take place from March until October. There are also various school programs, programs for young children and also special events.



Prince of Wales Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
K1G 5A3

Telephone: 613-991-3044
TDD: 613-991-9207
Fax: 613-993-7923

Mailing Address: 
Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
P.O. Box 9724, Stn. T, Ottawa, Ontario
K1G 5A3

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Hours of Operation

Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 1 to Labour day
Note: Reduced winter hours after Labour Day to February 28. Please check online before visiting.

Open: Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 1 to Labour day
Note: Reduced winter hours after Labour Day to February 28. Please check online before visiting.

Only the exhibitions located in the loft of the Dairy Barn (Bldg. 88) are closed during winter (from December to February). The animal barns are open year round.

The Museum is completely closed only on December 25.

Administration fees

Admission: Charged
Admission price structure effective May 2013:
Families (2 adults and 3 children): $26
Adults: $10
Children under 3: free
Children (3–12): $7
Students: $8
Seniors (60+): $8

Discounts: Groups • Seniors • CMA members

About Collections

The agriculture collection is part of the collection of the Canada Science and Technology Museum Corporation. The collection represents the technological development of agricultural equipment in Canada; it includes equipment manufactured in the following major categories: power, tillage, harvesting, seed processing, seasonal rural industries, barn equipment and land improvement equipment.

Approximate number of objects in the collections: 2322 accession numbers (average of 2.2 artifacts per accession number).

Human History


Natural Sciences

Plants and Animals (Biological Collections)
Agricultural or Domestic • Endangered Species

Services & Activities

Daily interpretation, March to November.
washrooms. Gift shop ( "On-line shopping and gifts items at the admission booth).

Research Services

Specialized library, Curator of Agriculture, Conservation Service and Resource Centre of the Canada Science and Technology Museum.

Archival Records • Conservation or Restoration • Information Centre • Library • Object or Scientific specimen identification

Educational Programs

School Programs, Our Programs will extend and enrich the classroom experience by bringing curricula to life. Seasonal School Programs,Fall, Winter , Spring and Year-Round School Programs (Meet the Farm Animals, Bread Science, Genetics and Selective Breeding etc). "Primary and junior Programs" and "Intermediate and Senior programs.

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Summer Day Camps
Birthday Parties ( for children 3 to 12 of age)

Classes or Workshops • Demonstrations • School Programs

Visitor Services

Information Desk / Admissions
Beginning May 6 2013, the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum will implement paid parking.
Shopping On-line

Bilingual Services • Guided Tours : English : French • Information Centre or Desk • Parking Facilities : Free • Washrooms • Children's Activities or Services : Playground • Special Needs Facilities : Parking : Washrooms : Wheelchair access

Volunteer Services

Volunteer Services Available • Volunteer Training Offered

Food Services

Picnic Area
Other: Vending machines only

Internet Services

General InformationCollectionsEventsVirtual ExhibitionsEducationChildrenDirections or Map

Publications & Products

Yearly Calendar of Events
Tourist Card
Information Bulletin for Members
School Programs

Brochures • Educational kits • Museum Guide