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Canada Agriculture and Food Museum

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861 Prince of Wales Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
+1 613-991-3044
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The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum is located at Ottawa’s Central Experimental Farm, which traces its roots to 1886 and is the world’s only working farm in the heart of a capital city. The Museum offers programs and exhibitions on Canada’s agricultural heritage, food literacy, and on the benefits and relationship of agricultural science and technology to Canadians’ everyday lives. It provides visitors with a unique opportunity to see diverse breeds of farm animals important to Canadian agriculture past and present, and to learn about the food they eat. In addition to breeds common to Canadian agriculture, such as Holstein dairy cows and Angus beef cows, the Museum also has Canadienne dairy cows, Tamworth pigs, and Clydesdale horses. Many other breeds of dairy and beef cattle, pigs, sheep, horses, poultry, goats, and rabbits round out the collection. Public programming includes special weekend theme events, school programs, summer day camps, interpretive tours, demonstrations, and joint undertakings with community groups and associations. Museum Highlights: Canola! Seeds of Innovation; 150 farm animals in a demonstration farm; historical tractor collection; special events such as Baconpalooza, Global Tastes and the Ice Cream Festival.
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861 Prince of Wales Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
+1 613-991-3044
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We spent a couple of hours at this museum. The exhibits were very well done- especially the tractor display- it was more interactive than expected. I would recommend more opportunities to let the children pet animals and a short video about Canadian agriculture.

Thank kmn77
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I live nearby and use the farm to drive through taking my daughter to work at the CIVIC. I just was there to watch fire works last weekend. I go to the gardens with my black cat COCO she enjoys it and people ask us...More

Thank Susan M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is an excellent place to visit with children. We went there with 5 & 6 yr old girls who thoroughly enjoyed their time. This is a working farm and we were able to attend several demonstrations. We learned about rabbits (and felt how soft...More

Thank gbeintema
Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

We visited this with our two children (9 and 11) and all four of us had a wonderful time. There is a wonderful amount of signs and displays. The Food Perservation exhibit was so interesting to me in particular and the kids thought the mock...More

1  Thank Stephanie F
Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

Not sure what is great in showing cows and huge pigs stuck in a small enclosure all day. There is hardly any animals to see or interact with. 95% of the goats in this place are raised for slaughter. When we visited they had a...More

1  Thank Steve S
IngeniumCanada, Museum Public affairs team at Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank-you for passing on your comments and feedback regarding your visit. The dairy cows go outside after their evening milking daily in the spring, summer and fall. Museum cattle, sheep, goats and other animals are outside when the weather is appropriate, which is most days...More

Reviewed 14 June 2017

I came here with my 3 year-old nephew. I would say this attraction is most suited to the 3-6 year old age group, particularly children who like animals. Plenty of farm animals to visit, including an impressive dairy barn. We were lucky enough to see...More

Thank destinydawn
Reviewed 21 April 2017

it was very busy but we loved it, the best was the bunny agility race and the baby pigs, I think it is great for the kids to learn about farm life

Thank Lisa D
Reviewed 19 March 2017

When you think about it, farming, regardless what it is, is a science. This working farm, museum and science centre has a reciprocal agreement with the Ontario Science Centre in Ontario where admission is free. Regardless, the demonstrations are being up close to the cows...More

1  Thank Reuben N
Reviewed 17 March 2017

I took my niece here for family day. It was free for her to get in (she is under 3) and only $10 for me. We enjoyed wandering through the various barns, the staff were helpful and kind. One lady suggested we come back in...More

1  Thank Chelsea K
Reviewed 2 March 2017

We visited on a busy day there a few barn to be visited but a think it best to visit not in the winter to see more. What saved our day was the excellent demo. The lady doing the maple demo and story was super...More

3  Thank Jo M
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